Master of Science (M.S.)
The M.S. in Community Health is a program for individuals who would like to work in community settings, such as health departments and local health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, universities, businesses and health insurance companies. The mission statement of the Community Health program is to advance health equity through the preparation of community health education specialists who explore the multiple levels (individual, family, community, policy, systems) and social determinants that influence behavior and health. Community health educators focus on the community as the setting for analysis, assessment, advocacy, program planning, intervention, evaluation, and research, and are committed to developing, enhancing and using evidence-informed strategies to improve population health.
Admission to the M.S. program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must provide a personal statement including career/academic goals, and official transcripts of meeting the following criteria:
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for regular admission
- Undergraduate of GPA 2.8 - 2.99 for qualified admission
A total of 30 credits are required, and admitted students are assigned to a faculty advisor to design a plan of work that can include a culminating experience (internship, project, thesis) or a three-credit class in the student's specific interest area.
|HE 6530 Principles and Practice of Health Education and Health Promotion||3|
|HE 6350 Health Education & the Nation's Health||3|
|HE 6420 Introduction to Health Education Program Design||3|
|HE 6550 Teaching Methods and Techniques in Health Education||3|
|HE 7310 Psychology of Learning Across Development (this class is offered Spring/Summer only) *||3|
|KHS 8540 Theories of Health Behavior||3|
|EER 7630 Fundamentals of Statistics||3|
|HE 5522 Health Psychology||3|
|HE 6501 Measurement and Evaluation in Community Health Education||3|
|KHS 7990, KHS 7999, KHS 8999 (3-8 credits), KHS 8750 or another approved class||3|
* Please note that M.S. courses are offered every 3 semesters, so the above plan is just one example. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.
The WSU program in Community Health is unique because it specifically prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (https://www.nchec.org/). The CHES certification is the only nationally and internationally accredited health education and promotion certification on the market. The CHES credential ensures employers that the potential employee has taken the initiative to pursue additional certification, and that they have real-life knowledge, and experience planning, implementing, evaluating and advocating for health education programs, all skills the WSU program prepares students to do.
Noel Kulik, Ph.D., CHES
Associate Professor and program coordinator