College of Health Professions

Health Science (M.S.) - School Health Education

The Master’s of Science degree in School Health Education is intended to provide a sound professional education program for the graduate student who wishes to pursue professional studies beyond the baccalaureate level. The program is designed with a core of required Health Science courses to prepare each student to operate professionally at an advanced level regarding:

  • Identification and interpretation of research relevant to health and health education in schools and school systems;
  • Knowledge and skills required to successfully coordinate the total school health program; and
  • Baseline knowledge required for successful functioning in relationship to current critical health issues: e.g., Drug Education, Environment Education, Sex and Family Education, and Critical Issues in School Health.

It is suggested that the student consider skills and roles to be performed in a future position, when deciding which electives to take. The program provides opportunities for the student to tailor the program to meet his/her personal goals beyond the required courses. The student may select discretionary courses to facilitate:

  • Continued and improved classroom health teaching by advancing the student's overall knowledge of health;
  • Preparation in supervisory or coordination positions by exposure to content and/or skills such as curriculum development, administration, program planning, business management;
  • Development as a health educational media specialist through course work in curriculum design, behavioral sciences, and instructional technology;
  • Preparation as a program evaluation specialist by exposure to data analysis, research methodology, tests and measurement, and curriculum evaluation; and
  • Continuing education and school personnel development by selection of courses to include necessary skills in group dynamics, curriculum design, personnel management, school administration and adult education.

Suggested Course Sequence

Each student is required by the Office of Graduate Studies to file a Program of Study with the Program Director. To assist students in developing their own programs of study, a proposed course sequence has been developed. This sequence should be used along with faculty advisement when preparing a Program of Study. It is not meant to be the only sequence available to the student. Course offerings may vary from semester to semester and require you to follow an alternate plan. Students are encouraged to enroll in HLTH 601, 615 and 639 as their first courses. Also, bear in mind that the Master’s in School Health Education does not certify one to teach health in Maryland. Nor does the degree certify one as supervisor or administrator in a school setting.


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