Master of Education in Health Education

Mission Statement

Health education is dedicated to the promotion of wellness and healthy lifestyles that improve individual and community health. The Rhode Island College Master of Education degree in Health Education prepares professionals to design, implement, and evaluate health education and promotion programs in school and community settings.

The M.Ed. Degree in Health Education provides advanced academic skills for individuals employed or planning to seek employment as health educators in school, clinical, worksite, community, wellness, federal, state, and corporate settings.

The objectives of our program follow the Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists. The Seven Areas of Responsibility are a comprehensive set of Competencies and Sub-competencies defining the role of the health education specialist. If desired, graduates will be well prepared to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Responsibility #I - Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education

  • Plan Assessment Process
  • Access Existing Information and Data Related to Health
  • Collect Quantitative and/or Qualitative Data Related to Health
  • Examine Relationships Among Behavioral, Environmental and Genetic Factors That Enhance or Compromise Health
  • Examine Factors That Influence the Learning Process
  • Examine Factors That Enhance or Compromise the Process of Health Education
  • Infer Needs for Health Education Based on Assessment Findings

Responsibility #2 - Plan Health Education

  • Involve Priority Populations and Other Stakeholders in the Planning Process
  • Develop Goals and Objectives
  • Select or Design Strategies and Interventions
  • Develop a Scope and Sequence for the Delivery of Health Education
  • Address Factors That Affect Implementation

Responsibility #3 - Implement Health Education

  • Implement a Plan of Action
  • Monitor Implementation of Health Education
  • Train Individuals Involved in Implementation of Health Education

Responsibility #4 - Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education

  • Develop Evaluation/Research Plan
  • Design Instruments to Collect
  • Collect and Analyze Evaluation/Research Data
  • Interpret Results of the Evaluation/Research
  • Apply Findings From Evaluation/Research

Responsibility #5 - Administer and Manage Health Education

  • Manage Fiscal Resources
  • Obtain Acceptance and Support for Programs
  • Demonstrate Leadership
  • Manage Human Resources
  • Facilitate Partnerships in Support of Health Education

Responsibility #6 - Serve as a Health Education Resource Person

  • Obtain and Disseminate Health-Related Information
  • Provide Training
  • Serve as a Health Education Consultant

Responsibility #7 - Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education

  • Assess and Prioritize Health Information and Advocacy Needs
  • Identify and Develop a Variety of Communication Strategies, Methods, and Techniques
  • Deliver Messages Using a Variety of Strategies, Methods and Techniques
  • Engage in Health Education Advocacy
  • Influence Policy to Promote Health
  • Promote the Health Education Profession

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Course No. Course Title Credits

Foundations Component

ELED 510Research Methods, Analysis, and Applications3
FNED 502Social Issues in Education3

Related Disciplines Component

SPED 531Universal Design for Educating All Students (*)3
* If its equivalent has not been taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Professional Education Component

HED 500Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion3
HED 501Curriculum Design in Health Education3
HED 505Principles of Program Development in Health Education3
HED 507Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
HED 562Seminar in Health Education3

Three courses from

HED 404Organization and Administration of School Health Education Programs3
HED 406Advanced Issues and Concerns in Community and Public Health3
HED 410Stress Management3
HED 431Drug Education3
HED 530Family Life and Sexuality Education3
HED 531Methods and Procedures for School Nurse Teachers (*)3
HED 550Topics in Health/Health Education3
HED 563Professional Ethics and Social Health Issues3
HED 580Workshops in Health/Health Education3
HED 590Directed Study in Health Education3
HED 591Directed Reading in Health Education3
PED 507Teaching Sports through a Tactical Perspective (*)3
PED 508Psycho-Social Aspects of Human Movement (*)3
PED 522Current Issues in Physical Education (*)3
PED 523Adventure Education (*)3
* With consent of advisor.
Courses should be health-related or health education courses. Some students may have to take an additional foundations of education course as one of these electives.
Comprehensive Assessment0

Total Credit Hours


For more information contact:

Betty Rauhe
Associate Professor
The Murray Center 138
(401) 456-8046
(401) 456-9787

Page last updated: March 11, 2015