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MPH - Health Education Concentration

AreHealth Education 2015 image you searching for a meaningful career where you can use your skills to make a difference in the lives of those around you? Do you enjoy working with people and feel passionate about improving the health of your community through education? Can you picture yourself conducting research, assessing community needs, and developing programs to teach healthy habits and to inform individuals of the resources available to better their health?  If so, then a career in health education and promotion may be right for you.

According to a 2014 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field of health education and promotion is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the national average employment growth rate of 11%. In efforts to curb costs and improve health outcomes and healthcare quality, insurance companies, employers and governments are turning to health educators to change lifestyle factors related to development of costly chronic diseases and to improve the disease management skills of those who are already diagnosed. This increased interest in disease prevention means that there will be at least 21,400 new jobs and 120,800 total jobs in the field by 2022.

Nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, Western Kentucky University’s MPH Health Education concentration prepares public health education professionals to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate health education and promotion programs and carry out the related professional functions. Graduates will be able to:

-          Assess individual and community needs for health education

-          Plan effective health education programs

-          Implement health education programs

-          Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs

-          Coordinate provisions of health education programs

-          Act as resource persons in health education

-          Communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources

-          Solve problems in ways sensitive to cultural differences


Graduates of this degree program will work as community health educators and work-site health promotion practitioners for both public and private entities with local, regional, state, national and international scopes of responsibility. Graduates are academically prepared to effectively plan, implement and evaluate health education and promotion programs, and carry out the required professional functions.

Program Requirements:

The curriculum requires completion of 14 courses or 42 credit hours, distributed among six core areas addressing epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, public health administration, environmental health and program evaluation or research methods. As part of the 42 hours, students also complete three courses in their chosen concentration and two elective courses. Students will also complete an individualized internship or practical experience and a capstone activity involving either a 6 credit hour thesis or a 3 credit hour applied practical experience/project.

Matriculation requires commitment to a rigorous course of study, such that degree can be earned through two years of full time or four years of part time study. The MPH program is flexibly structured to meet the needs of both working professionals and students who wish to participate in full time study with classes offered in afternoon and evening sessions as well as online.



Public Health Education Concentration

Credit Hours

Required Core Courses

PH 580: Introduction to Public Health


PH 520: Biostatistics for Public Health


PH 582: Epidemiology


PH 584: Environmental Health


PH 583: Public Health Administration


PH 587: Health Behavior


PH 591: Health Program Evaluation


PH 546: Internship



Core Total


Health Education Concentration Core Courses

PH 548: Community Health Organization


PH 575: Health Education Promotion and Programming


PH 576: Education & Communication Techniques in Health Education


PH 588: PH Capstone Course*



HE Concentration Core Total


Health Education Concentration Electives (6 credit hours)

PH 501: Research Methods


PH 502: Health Promotion/Workplace Wellness


PH 564: PH Issues in Women’s Health


PH 585: International Health


PH 467G: Drug Abuse Education


PH 530: Independent Investigations in PH


PH 620: Advanced Biostatistics


PH 639: Advanced Epidemiology


PH 599 Thesis*



HE Elective Total






MPH Program Total


* Students who prefer to do a thesis must replace PH 588 with PH 599 for 6 credit hours and take 1 less elective


For more information about the MPH Health Education Concentration, please contact:

Dr. Grace Lartey

Director, Undergraduate and Master of Public Health Programs

Academic Complex 129D

Phone: 270-745-3941




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 Last Modified 8/12/15