Master's Degree in Health Care Education: Program Summary

There are several master's degree options for students who are interested in health care promotion and education. Find out whether these programs are consistent with your educational needs and career goals.

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Essential Information

While there are no master's degree programs specifically in Health Care Education, students can enroll in a Master of Health Education program, a Master of Arts program in health education, or a Master of Science program in health education. These programs train students to raise awareness about public health concerns and address community health issues through prevention and treatment. Prior to graduation, students must fulfill an internship requirement and submit a thesis. Most programs last two years.

In order to apply, a student needs a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Some schools require applicants to have a single- or multiple-subject teaching credential and at least one year of teaching experience.

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Master in Health Care Education

In these programs, students may take some of the following courses:

  • Epidemiology introduction
  • Addiction studies and strategies for intervention
  • Assessing communities
  • Marketing strategies
  • Lifestyle disease and prevention
  • Writing grants

Popular Career Choices

Graduates are prepared to work in a number of settings, including volunteer organizations, government agencies, workplaces, schools and community health care centers. Popular career options include:

  • Health teacher
  • Community health researcher
  • Corporate wellness director

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health educators earned a median annual salary of $51,960 as of 2015. The number of working health educators is expected to increase 12% between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than average.

Continuing Education Information

Graduates with a master's degree in health education may receive professional certification from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing. By passing a written examination, they can be designated as Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Health educators with CHES certification must complete 75 hours of continuing education credits every five years in order to renew this credential.

Overall, students who are interested in community health promotion and education can benefit from the interdisciplinary business and science training offered through master's degree programs in the field.

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