School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Master of Science in Community Health Education

With our community health education master’s degree, you can help individuals, families and whole communities live healthier lives.

Finish in as little as 9 - 12 months. Study online or on campus.

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Community Health Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack?

Our master’s in community health enjoys an outstanding reputation among employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. You’ll benefit from Merrimack’s:

Unique fellowship model.

Our master’s in community health education offers one-of-a-kind fellowships that put your career on the fast track. If you’re selected for a fellowship, you’ll save 50-100% on tuition, graduate in just nine months, and gain hundreds of hours of real-world experience via a supervised workplace experience.

Extraordinary faculty.

Instructors in our community health education master’s program stand out for their combination of pioneering research, teaching ability, and civic engagement. You’ll learn from nationally prominent researchers such as nutrition expert Juliana Cohen and April Bowling, an authority on children’s behavioral health. You’ll build strong relationships with professors who are approachable, accessible and generous supporters of your career.

Evidence-based practice.

Whether or not you complete a fellowship, Merrimack’s community health master’s degree equips you with practical expertise to improve people’s lives. We help you connect classroom instruction with hands-on training, developing well-rounded community health education skills such as needs assessment, data analysis, program implementation and management, and community organizing.

Fast, flexible, affordable model.

You can complete the master’s degree in community health in less than a year at Merrimack College, minimizing debt and entering the workforce as quickly as possible. Or you can attend part-time to accommodate your work and/or family responsibilities. Merrimack doesn’t require a GMAT or GRE for admission to the master’s in community health education, and course schedules are flexible enough to serve working adults, parents, and caregivers as well as full-time graduate students.

Program Format

  • Online, On Campus, or Hybrid

Start Terms

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer I
  • Summer II


High-Impact Careers in Community Health Education

Graduates of Merrimack’s community health master’s degree program are aggressively recruited, and they have a stellar track record of job placement and professional achievement with prestigious organizations such as Boston Children’s Hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and the Boston Public Health Commission.

The master’s degree in community health education supports a diverse array of career pathways. Demographic changes, health care reforms, and other factors have created rising demand for community health educators. You can work in specialized niches such as:

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Mental health
  • Sports and recreation
  • Addiction
  • Disease prevention
  • Sexual health
  • K-12 health education

We Put the “Community” in Community Health

Our community health education master’s program is small and tight-knit. You’ll belong to a supportive network of faculty, peers, and alumni, developing relationships that encourage your academic success, help you build professional connections, and form a strong foundation for your community health education career.

Off campus, Merrimack College’s community health education program collaborates regularly with public health organizations, government agencies, schools, and nonprofits. These relationships provide you with opportunities to work alongside seasoned community health educators, getting real-world experience with partners such as:

  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • Massachusetts State Alliance of YMCAs
  • Andover Public Health Department

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Scholarships and Fellowships

Community Health Education fellowships can reduce your tuition by 50 percent or more. Scholarships can provide additional support to limit your expenses and debt burden.

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