Online Health Education and Promotion Certificate

Health care reform and concerns about public health have drawn attention to the importance of teaching individuals and communities about healthy lifestyles. The online Certificate in Health Education is a health education program designed to train you to participate in or lead health promotion activities, initiatives and programs for communities, private companies, schools and other settings. Examples of topics can include smoking cessation, nutrition and obesity, prenatal care, exercise, depression and mental health, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Health educators may work in a variety of fields, offering great career flexibility. A few of these settings include:

  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Employee assistance programs at private companies
  • Social service agencies
  • Public health departments
  • Medical care settings
  • Colleges and universities
  • Public and private secondary school

The Health Education and Promotion Certificate Curriculum

The certificate requires the successful completion of four courses. It can be taken as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with the Master of Public Health program.

MPH 601 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health
Students will explore social and psychological determinants and theories of health behavior.

MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health
This course provides information on the cultural and sociological contexts in which the health care system developed. Students examine the role of socio-economic groups in the history of the U.S. health care system.

MPH 632 Public Health Education Methods
Students will learn educational techniques that encourage behavior change and how to best apply them in various settings.

In addition, students will take one of the following courses, MPH 634, MPH 664 or MPH 688:

MPH 634 Public Health Education Programs and Skills (Elective)
Focuses on health education programs and the skills required for the Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) examinations.

MPH 664 Marketing of Health Services (Elective)
This course examines decisions and actions that successful health leaders apply in marketing planning, strategy, research and implementation of marketing plans. Students will explore concepts of marketing theory and the execution of marketing tactics as they apply to the health industry.

MPH 688 Media, Technology, & Public Health (Elective)
Students will learn to assess, evaluate and develop plans for health education communication using the Internet and other media-based technologies. The course also examines ways to apply the principles of effective risk management and crisis communications to address the health needs of specific audiences.

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