Health Education & Promotion (M.Ed.)

Health Education & Promotion (M.Ed.)
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Interested in a career in health and enjoy working with people?

The Master of Education (MEd) in Health Education and Promotion is a unique program offering the flexibility to choose between three concentration areas:

• Health Promotion – option for students seeking job opportunities as a health education specialist. Can be completed entirely online.
• K–12 Certification – leads to endorsement for New Hampshire certification as a K-12 Health Education teacher. Can be completed entirely online.

Each concentration has specific enrollment requirements, and some require specific majors or prerequisites courses. Each program is different in its delivery of online, hybrid, face-to-face, intensive weekends, or in-class sessions. The nine credits of core MEd courses may be taken totally online or in a hybrid format.

Health Education and Promotion (HEP) is a pillar for the broader field of public health, which is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This master’s degree program prepares Health Education and Promotion specialists who may serve in a variety of roles calling for broad knowledge and leadership skills used to address health behavior change across all levels of the socio-ecological spectrum, from individual  knowledge, skills and attitudes to community-wide and regional population health, and environmental/policy change leadership.  Graduates will be qualified to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. This certification is widely recognized by clinical, corporate, academic and community employment Health Education and Promotion employment settings.

Optional specialization is available for students who desire specific professional development for the K-12 Health Education Certification.


Program Coordinator, Health Education & Promotion; Physical Education
Phone: (603) 535-2517
Office: Health & Human Enrichment, Human Performance Center Rm 203C, MSC 22, Plymouth, NH 03264

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Curriculum & Requirements

Program Planning

The core education courses are offered year-round, and the required health education courses are offered primarily as weekend and hybrid courses. A limited number of courses will be offered during the fall terms. Content classes are offered on a rotating basis. This schedule allows students to complete their degree in two or three years on a part-time basis. Full-time students may be able to complete the requirements in less time.

Required Concentrations in this Major

Complete one concentration

Health Education and Promotion

Students interested in community, clinical, and corporate health promotion should choose this concentration. Coursework also provides preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Master's Core Component
ED 5000Understanding Social Behaviors3
ED 5010Philosophy, Ethics & Education3
ED 5030Research Design3
Health Education Component
HP 5010Scientific Foundations of Health Behavior3
HP 5020Designing and Implementing Health Promotion Programs3
HP 5030Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
Professional Development Component12
Choose at least four courses from HP, HL or HH based on previous education/experience
Capstone Experience
HL 5750Individual Research: Health Education3
or HL 5800 Practicum in Health Education
Total Credits33

 K-12 Health Education Teacher Certification

Students in the K-12 Health Education Teacher Certification option must fulfill the Master's Core Component in addition to the requirements below. Passing Praxis I and the Department HE Content Exam is required prior to completing the Teaching Experience Component. Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE). 

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Teaching and Learning Component
Choose at least two courses from the following based on previous education or professional experience:6
ED 5270
Foundations of Teaching
or ED 5060
Exploring Learning Theories and Cognitive Growth
SE 5400
Classroom Interventions and Special Education Strategies
HP 5130
Teaching Strategies in Health Education
Health Education and Promotion Component
HP 5010Scientific Foundations of Health Behavior3
HP 5020Designing and Implementing Health Promotion Programs3
HP 5030Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
Professional Development Component
At least 2 HP, HL or HH courses will be approved by Coordinator depending upon previous education and/or professional experience.6
Teaching Experience Component
HP 5960Health Education Teaching Internship6
Total Credits27

Health Education & Promotion:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic health content and current health issues appropriate for an entry level health professional.
  • Assess, plan and implement health promotion programs.
  • Evaluate health promotion programs for process and outcomes
  • Obtain national certification as a certified health education specialist (CHES) from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, INC. (NCHEC)

• Public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Community organizations and nonprofits, such as the YMCA and community clinics
• School health, including colleges and universities
• Corporate offices that encourage stress management and sponsor wellness programs for employees
• Wellness Coaching
• Addiction Counseling

Admission Information


All of the MEd in Health Education & Promotion programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Recommended 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)


Students pursuing Health Education & Promotion can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the annual application deadlines:

  • Fall semester– August 1
  • Spring semester– December 1
  • Summer semester– April 15

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

2024-25 Estimated Graduate Per Credit Tuition and Mandatory Fees

  New Hampshire Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $584 $43 $627
CAGS $625 $43 $668
EDD $681 $43 $724
  Out-of-State Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $809 $43 $852
CAGS $782 $43 $825
EDD $866 $43 $909

More information is available through the Student Financial Services Office

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

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