Master of Science Degree in Health Promotion

The graduate program in health promotion leads to the Master of Science degree in Health Promotion (formally the Master of Science degree in Health Sciences).  This degree program is delivered 100% online.  Additionally, this program may be completed in one calendar year. To take advantage of the one-year program completion option, students must be admitted into the program and advised the semester before starting courses. Early admission helps ensure that all courses are available to students. The program offers students individualized options ranging from part-time to full-time student status, depending on personal schedules. Master’s degree graduates are prepared to assume leadership and supervisory roles in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs in community, school, medical care, and work site settings. Many students use the degree for upward mobility.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study for the Master of Science degree in Health Promotion is selective and based upon:

  • Admission into the graduate school at UCA, which include having a minimum 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that are less than five years old indicating a score of 3.0 or higher on the writing section. Exceptions to this GRE requirement include any of the following:
    1. A comparable standardized graduate exam that includes a writing section score;
    2. CHES or MCHES certification;
    3. Completion of a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. accredited institution;
    4. An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher from a U.S. accredited institution.

Degree Requirements

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

Health Promotion core requirements (18 hours): HLTH 6379, HLTH 6330 (or EXSS 6316), HLTH 6361, HLTH 6321, HLTH 6331, and HLTH 5370. For students without an undergraduate course in basic statistics, an additional statistics course at the graduate level may be needed and used as an elective in the program.

Health Promotion electives (18 hours): These courses are selected with the approval of the graduate coordinator. UCA students with a bachelor of science degree in health education/promotion or related field that have two courses above general education in the sciences will take a minimum of nine hours of electives outside the department. These electives will be selected with the approval of the graduate coordinator. All other students will complete the 18 hours of electives by completing courses offered by the department. Courses may be selected from the following: HLTH 5301, 5302, 5303, 5310, 5320, 5343; 5365 or 5665; 6310, 6311, 6335, 6345, 6350, 6353, 6360, 6371. Those with teacher certification may take one of the following: (HLTH 5350 or 5352).

Thesis Option (33 hours)

  1. Core Requirements (18 hours); same as for thesis option.
  2. Thesis research in Health Promotion (6 hours): HLTH 6380, 6390.
  3. Electives (9 hours) selected with the approval of the graduate coordinator to include no more than 3 hours from an allied area. Students without prior health education/promotion or related field background will complete all the elective hours from courses offered by the department.

Comprehensive Exams

All students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination or present evidence of current CHES/MCHES certification. The comprehensive exam will be given with the permission of the graduate coordinator or department chair after the student has completed the required core courses. The student will advise the graduate coordinator of intent to take the examination by submitting a request via email. Students with Cs will be required to take the examination at the end of their last semester of the program.

Additional Program Information

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  • For the program course checklist, click here

If you have any further questions, contact:

Heather Hudson, PhD, MPH, MCHES, CSE
Graduate Coordinator/Advisor
Doyne 322
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035