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In a continuously changing health care world, Kaplan University continues to offer programs designed to meet the evolving needs of the industry. We want our students to be prepared for the challenges of this rewarding field the day they graduate and throughout their careers. With the focus of America’s health care system shifting to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of healthier lifestyles, a master’s degree in health education from Kaplan University may empower you to help others stay well and live healthier lives.
By successfully completing this program, you will learn to design, implement, and evaluate health programs. The responsibilities of a health educator include helping to solve community health issues by designing and implementing educational programs that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors. The health educator collects and analyzes data to identify community needs as well as plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate health education programs that focus on individual and social health issues such as teen pregnancy, HIV prevention, and controlling the spread of infectious diseases. This may include grant writing, resource evaluations, referrals, social marketing and media, community organizing, developing training methods and materials, and publishing.*
The Master of Science in Health Education program provides training on the Seven Areas of Responsibility established by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).
With a Master of Science in Health Education from Kaplan University, you
could pursue a wide range of leadership and management positions in
governmental, nonprofit, corporate, and academic settings. Typical
responsibilities of a health educator may include preparation and distribution
of materials; coordination and management of programs; and the planning,
implementation, and evaluation of health education programs.* You
may also have built a solid foundation for the further pursuit of academic
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The Kaplan University master’s
degree in health education could prepare you to seek leadership and management
positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations. The program is
designed to help you:
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Dec 09, 2015
Online Start Date
Mar 02, 2016
Online Start Date
May 18, 2016
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of how human resource management is applied in
different health care settings. The course focuses on the major
elements of human resource management, as well as the ways in
which it can be used in the strategic planning of the
organization. Students investigate ongoing human resources
practice and issues from a health care perspective such as
recruitment, contract/agreement, training/education/support,
retention, performance evaluation, compensation, legal and
regulatory issues, and strategic planning.
Total Program Credits: 56
In this course, you will be introduced to the practical applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for the health industry. You will formulate a data procurement plan by analyzing real-world data. Additionally, you will learn how to effectively disseminate published health research data and apply this new knowledge within the field.
This course provides students with the skills
needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students
focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health
policy, and economic and health care system issues in health
promotion and disease prevention.
This course acquaints students with the components and essential design elements of comprehensive health education programming. Utilizing the seven areas of responsibilities for the health education specialist, students create programs for community, school, and private settings, learning to identify key constituents and the diversity of funding sources, both public and private. Instruments for measuring outcomes are analyzed for both short- and long-term programs, as well as the essential administrative tasks, functions, and responsibilities required for successful results by the health educator.
This course examines the field of public health from a holistic perspective. You are introduced to the fundamental tools and skills needed to be a successful public health practitioner. You will explore public health skills within a comprehensive project, where you will evaluate a community health issue and propose an action plan to address that issue.
This course provides a conceptual grounding in
theoretical approaches to health and health behavior,
emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health
behavior for effective public health practice and research.
Students apply the theories and models of health behavior to
real-world scenarios encountered in public health. The course
focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior,
the impact on health and disease of populations, and the
implications for health programming.
This course introduces the epidemiologic methods, concepts, and issues that are critical for the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data. Students study advanced epidemiologic methods used in surveillance, outbreak investigation, screening, and epidemiologic measures, and apply these methods to relevant public health issues.
This course presents an overview of the basic
concepts of environmental health sciences. The relationships
between exposure to workplace contaminants and ergonomics and
health are explored. Major areas of focus include industrial
hygiene, toxicology studies, environmental microbiology, and
clinical occupational medicine. Applicable risk assessment and
prevention methods based on monitoring chemical and biologic
agents and biomarkers are reviewed and discussed. Current
environmental health regulations and the efficacy of enforcement
(as public health prevention) by government agencies at the
local, state, national, and international levels are also
In this course, students will study the delivery, quality, and costs of health care for individuals and populations. Managerial and administrative constructs are introduced. Students will study the structure, process, and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, organization, outcomes, and accessibility of care. Students will learn to champion solutions to organizational and community challenges while energizing commitment to goals.
PU 520 and PU 505
Students are introduced to the principles of
program development and evaluation in public health. Topics
include methods of design, development, implementation, and
evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and
This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.
Students will demonstrate public health knowledge and skills by working within a health organization. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance.
PU 550 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team
In a continuation of Practical Skills in Public Health I, students will further develop practical skills related to working in the public health workforce. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance. Students will prepare and deliver a professional presentation on their learning experiences within Practical Skills in Public Health I and II.
PU 680 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the
Master of Science in Health Education. This course builds on the concepts of
all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone
course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the
knowledge and skills acquired throughout the coursework in an original
comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated
outcomes of their degree program in health education.
Last term or permission of the Dean
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
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