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Master of Education Degree in Health Education

Master of Education Degree in Health Education

Educational Goals

With this advanced degree, graduates will: 1) be prepared for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam; 2) actively participate in local, regional, state, or national Health Education organizations; 3) demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to:

  • Effectively promote, maintain, and improve community health by assisting communities in adopting positive health behaviors for citizens through program planning and implementation and effective grant writing;
  • Analyze data to identify community needs in order to successfully plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and policy development that leads to healthier environments; and
  • Use a variety of data sources to evaluate process, impact, and outcome results of health and wellness promotion programs.

The Faculty

Members of the Health Education graduate faculty are national leaders in the field of public health, community health, and school health. They are the authors of numerous peer-reviewed publications and grants, serve as officers/board members in professional associations, and set high standards for students in the Health Education Program at Texas State University. These members include:

Dr. Jeff Housman

Undergraduate Coordinator

Associate Professor


Dr. Ron Williams

Graduate Coordinator

Associate Professor


Dr. Mary Odum

Assistant Professor


Dr. Jacquelyn McDonald

Clinical Assistant Professor


Graduate Assistant:

Graduate Assistant positions are available for qualified applicants in the Health Education Division. Graduate Assistants generally work with faculty to manage undergraduate classes including, but not limited to, grading assignments, proctoring exams, teaching targeted lessons, tutoring students, etc.

Scholarships: Many Scholarships are available through:

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.75 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • 500 word goal statement.

Employment Options:

Health Educators with a master’s degree will be able to work in a variety of settings (e.g., academic, clinical, community, corporate, and government settings) and perform a variety of complex tasks, including research, grant writing, supervising/managing, and program planning/implementation/evaluation.

See Graduate College for current info on requirements.


Required Courses

  • HED 5310 History & Philosophy in Health Education
  • HED 5312 Reading, Writing and Understanding Research
  • HED 5315* Quantitative Data Analysis (co-enrollment in 5346 strongly suggested)
  • HED 5321 Theoretical Foundations of Health and Wellness Promotion
  • HED 5346* Research Methods in Health and Wellness Promotion (co-enrollment in 5315 strongly suggested)

Experiential Learning

  • HED 5399A Thesis
  • HED 5399B Thesis
  • HED 5347 Independent Study
  • HED 5360 Internship

Elective Courses

  • HED 5320 Foundations of Public Health
  • HED 5325 Ethics in Health and Wellness Promotion
  • HED 5330 Topics in Health Education
  • HED 5331 Seminar in Current Problems in Health Education
  • HED 5335 Leadership in Health Education
  • HED 5340 Community Health Program Planning & Evaluation
  • HED 5345 Sexuality Education
  • HED 5347 Independent Study in Health Education
  • HED 5360 Internship/Applied Project in Health and Wellness Promotion
  • HED 5374 Global Health

Thesis Track. If a student chooses the option of completing a Master’s thesis, they will be required to complete 30 hours of graduate course work (21 in the major and 9 in the minor) and 6 hours of thesis work.

Non-Thesis Track. Students who opt to not pursue a thesis are required to complete 36 hours of course work (21 in the major and 15 in the minor).

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