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Master of Health Education

The master's degree in Health Education is a 30-credit degree designed to educate students in strategies in health promotion/disease prevention. Coursework emphasizes the acquisition of skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health education programs in the school, community, or worksite setting. This master's degree can be completed in as little as a year and helps prepare and advance health professionals. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. 

Why Choose a Master of Health Education at ISU?

  • Online and some in-person class options
  • Faculty with years of practical health education experience and insight to the classroom learning environment
  • Non-cohort program allows students to pace degree completion on a full-time or a part-time basis
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio
  • 30 credit hours
  • Can be completed in 12 months
  • Opportunity to receive Graduate Teaching Assistantships Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application 2023


MHE Curriculum

Course Requirements

Course Course Description Credits
HE 6605 or MPH 6605 Leadership Policy and Administration 3
HE 6620 or MPH 6620 Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HE 6623 or MPH 6604 Curriculum and Supervision or Social Cultural Perspectives 3
HE 6639 Teaching Strategies in Health 3
HE 6640 or MPH 6640 Research and Writing in Health 3
HE 6660 or MPH 6660 Behavior Change Theory and Applications 3

Select either the Thesis or Non-Thesis option:

Course Course Description Credit
HE 6650 Thesis 1-6
Approved Electives   6
HE 6651 Masters Project in Health Education 1-6
Approved Electives   6
Total Hours   30

MHE Admission Requirements

The Program Director will review all Master of Health Education applications. Applicants who do not completely satisfy requirements are referred to the Health Education Admissions Committee (MHE Director and MHE graduate faculty) to determine admission. The Program Director will admit prospective students who satisfy the MHE program and Graduate School admission requirements. 

For classified admission into the program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Meet all requirements of the Graduate School
  • Submit all previous college transcripts and have an accumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in upper division courses.  An applicant who currently holds a graduate degree must submit their transcripts, but the undergraduate GPA will not apply.
  • Applicants must score an average of at least 40th percentile when considering both quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE general test, but no lower than the 20th percentile in either section
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals (non-relatives) who are familiar with their abilities.  The letters will be uploaded to your graduate application portal
  • Applicants must upload a typed essay (one to two pages, single spaced) to the graduate application portal describing their interest in pursuing the MHE degree and their vision of how it will facilitate their career goals
  • Applicants currently holding degrees at the doctoral level from an accredited institution will not be required to submit GRE general test scores (this includes professional doctoral degrees such as PharmD, Juris Doctorate, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). All others holding degrees at the baccalaureate and master's level must submit GRE general test scores.


Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistantship application requirements:
• Admitted as a classified (degree-seeking) MHE or MPH student
• Completed application for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)
• Unofficial transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
• Three letters of recommendation (Each letter should be provided in a sealed
envelope with a signature of the person providing the letter over the envelope seal.)
• 1 - 2 page Statement of Purpose explaining the reasons for applying to be a GTA
Priority will be given to applications received by (TBD- this will be updated by April 2023)

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