MPH Health Education
The Master of Public Health in Health Education is designed to help students build strengths in leadership, policy development, and management, and give a solid foundation in public health research. The program aims to give students the credentials necessary to enter the field of public health and enables students to interface across disciplines and be proactive and more responsive to changing needs. Students will receive hands-on experience at the grassroots level and will learn how to develop effective community programs.
In the Health Education Program, emphasis is placed on educational, interpersonal, community, and legislative factors that promote positive health behaviors. The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization. Graduates of this program may pursue careers as community-health educators in a variety of settings, both public and private. They will be academically prepared to conduct community assessments; design, implement, and evaluate health-education interventions; organize health-promotion efforts; pursue research projects and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health-behavior change.
Coursework for the Health Education program may be pursued in a traditional, on-campus format or online.
Graduates of the program in health education will have the skills necessary to assess individual and community needs and plan effective health education programs. They will learn to collaborate with other professionals in using resources to educate the public about health risks and practices. Students will be prepared to evaluate and appropriately apply public health research findings to the practice of health education. Students will be able to provide leadership or technical assistance for public health projects in selected settings. Students will meet didactic and professional-practice requirements for certification as health education specialists.
Students can complete the program in two to three years and are required to complete a fieldwork practicum. Students select coursework from each of several practice and content areas to enhance the applied portion of the curriculum. Professional practice is addressed during the laboratory and field-experience portions of the curriculum. Students may also develop skills while working in community agencies and in medical care, school, and work settings.
Loma Linda University’s Online MPH degree is designed for practicing professionals who come with experience and a background in Public Health. This provides a rich learning environment and exchange of knowledge and experience. It has been found that students learn as much from each other as they do from the instructor and our instructors are learning from their students. To that end, there are two required residential sessions, each two weeks long. In the online environment, each person in the class is required to contribute to the discussion and has time to provide thoughtful responses. The online learning environment provides our students with the skills and network opportunities to continue learning for a lifetime. The program’s flexibility comes from being able to engage in the learning process from any part of the world that has internet access at an hour of the day that suits students’ needs. There is a start and finish date to the quarter and work to be completed by set deadlines (US Pacific time) each week.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the credentialing examination in health education, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Students must have a 3.0 GPA, one course or course sequence of anatomy and physiology or physiology, and two courses of behavioral science.
Accreditation & Licensing
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
The School of Public Health is accredited through 2017 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Loma Linda University is unable to accept students into online programs who live in the following states because of restrictive state authorization regulation requirements for distance education: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia.
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming
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