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School of Health Sciences

Master of Science in Community Health Education

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.

Finish in as little as 9-12 months 

Start this fall - apply by August 30

community ed class

Program Benefits

Flexibility

  • Fall, Spring and Summer start terms
  • 9-, 12- or 18-month programs
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Hybrid and on-campus classes
  • 32 credits/8 courses

Community

  • Cohort model
  • Small classes with personalized attention 
  • Faculty with industry experience

Affordability

Two Pathways to Completion

  • Full-time through the Community Health Education Provost Fellowship program.  The fellowship, which links graduate study with nine months of field experience, offers you a reduced rate of graduate tuition of 50 percent savings. The fellowship is offered in the spring and fall terms. 
  • Full time or part time as a traditional student, working closely with an academic advisor to plan your program and timeline. You may be eligible for the Dean Scholarship.

What is a Community Health Educator?

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.

What Will I Learn?

  • You’ll study current health issues and learn how to identify community needs.
  • You’ll learn how to apply evidence-based professional practices as a health education specialist in communities, hospitals, government agencies, schools and private firms.
  • You’ll plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles.
  • You’ll collect and analyze data for evaluating and developing policies that promote healthy environments.

Career Opportunities 

You’ll be prepared for a career as a health education specialist, community health education director/manager/coordinator, healthcare administrator and health counselor. Employment opportunities exist at hospitals, medical clinics, government agencies, schools/school districts, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and non-profit organizations.

You’ll find our grads in prestigious jobs such as:
  • Public Health Associate, Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Coordinator of the Active Living Center, Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Outreach Manager, Board of Health, City of Malden, MA
  • Health Education Teacher
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Teacher, Pentucket Regional High School

Contact Us

For more information on the Master of Science in Community Health Education, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3563.

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The deadline to apply for the fall 2019 term is August 30, 2019. 

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