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Community Health Education

The Master of Science in Community Health Education prepares you to work in a variety of healthcare and public health settings where you will develop and administer health education and health promotion programs for diverse populations.

You will study current health issues and learn how to apply evidence-based professional practices as health education specialists in communities, hospitals, government agencies, schools and private firms.

Community health educators provide and manage programs that help individuals, families, and communities to improve and maintain optimal health. They serve as vital resources who work with other health professionals and public health teams to administer fiscal assets for health education programs. The Community Health Education graduate program at Merrimack prepares you to identify community needs, and then to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles. You will also learn how to collect and analyze data for evaluating and developing policies that promote healthy environments.

Graduate Health Sciences Fellowship

Fellows graduate in one year with a Master of Science degree. The fellowship offers a reduced rate of graduate tuition, ranging from 30 - 50 percent savings. To complete the program in one year, fellows must complete 32 credits within one academic year.

Career Opportunities with the Master of Science in Community Health Education

Graduates will be prepared for careers as health education specialists, community health education directors/managers/coordinators, health care administrators, and health counselors. Employment opportunities exist at hospitals, medical clinics, government agencies, schools/school districts, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and non-profit organizations.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a health-related field such as Public Health; Health Education/Health Promotion; Exercise Science/Kinesiology; Human Nutrition; or other related field is required.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a science field, but one that is not considered a direct healthcare profession (e.g., biology, biomedical sciences, etc.),  or you have a non-science degree from a field such as health communications, healthcare administration, psychology/sociology, human development, education, or other field, you may be required to take additional undergraduate course prior to enrolling or while concurrently taking courses in the graduate program as follows:

  • One approved public health, health education/promotion, or related course with a grade of B or better.
  • Standardized test scores are optional. Merrimack College reserves the right to ask any applicant for additional supplemental requirements in consideration of their application, including, but not limited to, an in-person interview.

Contact Information

For questions about the program, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at graduate@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3563.

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