Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion

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Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion

The Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion is designed to provide professional educational opportunities to interested students, health service professionals, teachers, researchers, corporate wellness/fitness coordinators, and sport/athletic management personnel throughout Arkansas and the nation.

These professionals will be employed in a variety of venues, including education settings, health care institutions, private health clinics, rehabilitation centers, businesses, fitness and wellness programs, athletic teams, and sport/athletic facilities. Students will have the opportunity to improve their intellectual and professional skills through advanced classroom instruction, participation in behavioral research, and community service learning activities.

This program focuses on an advanced study in health education and health promotion, opportunities for research training in the area of health education, and a research- or practice-based project or thesis, preparing students for careers such as health services director, disease prevention specialist, health coordinator, community health specialist, or school health education specialist.

Admission Requirements

The following materials should be submitted to the UALR Graduate School when applying to the program:

  • Undergraduate transcript(s). Applicants are expected to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A 3.0 grade point average is generally expected.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Applicants are required to take the GRE General Test resulting in a minimum score at or above the 50th percentile.
  • Reference letters. Applicants should obtain three letters of reference from college professors or individuals familiar with their academic work. Applicants should ask each writer of a reference letter to place the letter in an envelope, seal it, and sign across the seal. Applicants should collect the sealed reference letters and forward them to the UALR Graduate School.
  • Letter of intent. Each applicant must submit a letter of intent describing the field or specialty within Health, Human Performance, and Sport Management for which training is sought and describing how the proposed training relates to the student’s career goals. Letters are not to exceed 500 words.

Applicants for admission to the M.S. in Health Education and Promotion program are evaluated on a competitive basis by the faculty, and acceptance is conferred to the most qualified applicants. Fulfilling admission requirements is necessary to be considered for admission but in no way guarantees acceptance into the program. Students may be admitted in one of the admission status categories outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Application for admission should be received by the UALR Graduate School by March 15 for students anticipating fall matriculation and October 15 for spring matriculation in order to get full consideration for admittance. Applications received after these dates will be considered as long as program openings remain available. Students who do not meet the above requirements for admission may apply for a faculty review of their qualifications.

Transfer Credit

Subject to faculty approval, a combined maximum of 12 semester credit hours of transfer credit and/or credit taken as a special student may be applied to the degree. Successful completion of course work taken as a special student does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Program Requirements

Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion students must complete a total of 36 credit hours.

Core Courses (9 hours):

HHPS 7301 Research Methods in Health Sciences
HHPS 7302 Basic Statistics in Health Sciences

HHPS 7303 Evaluation of Health Programs

Health Education and Promotion Requirements (21 hours):

HHPS 7310 Theoretical Foundations of Health Education
HHPS 7311 Concepts and Methods of Health Education
HHPS 5430 Epidemiology
11 hours of HHPS electives as approved by program coordinator

Project or Thesis (6 hours):

HHPS 7698 Project Preparation or
HHPS 7699 Thesis Preparation

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete 36 hours of approved courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis or project.