Program of Study

Before the first semester, students will meet with their adviser and, if selected, their supervisory committee to map out their program of study.  In addition to specifying coursework in the various categories, the program of study includes projected dates (semesters) for the final thesis defense, and a projected month and year for graduation. The dates may change, but the student, adviser, and supervisory committee (when indicated) begin work with a projected calendar. If changes are made to the plan of study the advisor must approve the changes and note those changes on the original program of study planning sheet in the student’s academic file.

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Required Core Coursework (18 credits)
  • HSC 6037 (3 credits): Philosophy & Principles of Health Education
  • HSC 6318 (3 credits): Planning Health Education Programs
  • PHC 6001 (3 credits): Epidemiology & Public Health
  • HSC 6603 (3 credits): Theories of Health Education & Practice
  • HSC 6712 (3 credits): Evaluating Health Education Programs
  • HSC 5539c (3 credits): Medical Terminology for the Health Professions*

* Students who have completed HSC 3537 Health and Medical Terminology at the University of Florida are allowed to substitute a basic science elective for HSC 5536C.

Elective Coursework (12 credits)

Tier I (complete a minimum of 6 credits from among these courses)

  • HSC 5956 (3 credits): Writing for Professional Publications
  • HSC 6637 (3 credits): Social Marketing & Health
  • HSC 6665 (3 credits): Health Communication
  • HSC 6735 (3 credits): Research Methods in Health Education

Tier II (complete a minimum of 6 credit hours)

Students may choose to fill these electives with basic science coursework.  Students may count 6 credit hours of 3000-4000 undergraduate science courses towards the requirements for this degree.  Elective coursework must be selected in consultation with the major adviser.

Transfer of Credit

Masters students can request to transfer up to 9 credits of previous health education graduate coursework, or 12 credits from an approved combined degree program (no more than 7 years old) toward requirements for the M.S. degree. Only graduate lecture coursework with grades of B or higher may be considered for transfer (no supervised reading, independent study, supervised teaching, supervised research, internship, thesis credit, etc.).

Final Comprehensive Examination (CHES)

During the final semester of their programs, students must provide the Graduate Program Coordinator with documentation which confirms that the student has registered to complete the CHES examination.  Students who plan to graduate during the summer must sit for the April exam.  Students must visit the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing website to determine dates, locations, and registration procedures for the CHES examination. Students cover registration charges and any other costs related to completing the examination.