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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).
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:
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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
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Nov 12, 2014
Online Start Date
Feb 04, 2015
Online Start Date
Apr 22, 2015
This course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of instructional technologies including: web-based tools, software, games, simulations, tutorials, and nonprojected visuals.Through readings, class discussions, and hands-on experiences using technologies, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to integrate technology in lesson planning that meets the needs of diverse learners.
Total Program Credits: 52
This course explores organizational theory and
behavior essential for successful leadership and management in
the health care industry. Emphasis will be placed on
communication techniques, self-analysis, and strategies for best
practices in order to effectively implement key leadership and
management concepts in dynamic health care environments. Key
values that guide a leader's personal and professional behavior
and influence overall effectiveness will be explored, as well as
their impact on overall leadership styles.
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.
In this course, students are introduced to the field of health education, including an overview of the primary roles and responsibilities of the health educator, which include needs assessment, planning, implementing, evaluating research, and administering and advocating health education. The competencies of a health educator will be studied, including assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors, collect and analyze data to identify community needs, and evaluate health education programs. Students will also learn how to serve as a resource person to individuals, other professionals, and the community. Students will also review the administration of fiscal resources for health education programs.
In this survey course, students study specific critical health topics including specific health conditions, disease prevention, older adults, fitness, complementary and alternative medicine, and more. Students will evaluate current health research and publications and relate the research to health education programs and interventions. Proven strategies and benefits of health education are emphasized.
This course provides the health education student with an understanding of the methods of human consumption, standards of living, personal health practices, and other key factors that influence the health of individuals and communities. The student will explore how food production, water use, climate change, population growth, and energy resources affect sustainability, the environment, and community health. Needs assessment, planning, promoting, advocating, and evaluating health education in these topics will be reinforced.
In this course, students will critically appraise current emerging exercise and fitness practices that influence health and health education. Students will develop fitness goals and objectives for individuals and health education programs based on theory-based exercise strategies. Additional topics include fitness assessment, exercise prescription, program evaluation, and guidelines for exercise participation. Exercise prescription and modification for special populations will also be examined including older adults, individuals with disabilities, and prevalent health conditions.
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 includes methods and tools for nutritional analysis and nutritional recommen¬dations in health education. Nutrition across the life cycle will be examined and students will learn how to educate individuals and communities about current nutritional research and practices. Students will develop a Web-based nutrition health education project to demonstrate the communication of key nutrition information to targeted audiences.
Public health professionals collect and analyze data in order to solve health-based problems. Biostatistics is the application of such quantitative methods. In this course, students will study the use of probability, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and nonparametric tests as they pertain to health research. Students will study the fundamental concepts of biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, public health publications.
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 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.
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.
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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.