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Health Education and Promotion


Official Name of Program

Health Education and Promotion

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

MA - Master of Arts



NYSED Program Code

02186 - HEP-MA

CIP Code


The M.A in Health Education and Promotion is a 33-credit graduate degree that provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community, and corporate settings.  This program prepares students to meet the expanding need for health education professionals capable of working with the community in a variety of public, private, and professional settings. Graduates of the program may also find career opportunities as health advocates, program planners and evaluators, case managers, policy analysts and health administrators. This degree may also be suitable for individuals such as nurses, social workers, physician assistants or allied health personnel who wish to enhance their qualifications.  Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) or MCHES exam (Master Certified Health Education Specialist), a national credential awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Students also may complete the degree program entirely online by taking online courses only. The online-only option is not available to students studying on an F1 Visa.