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With flexible options, you can complete your Master of Science in Community Health Education in as little as nine months or take as much time as you need.

New! Spring 2019 Start with Generous Scholarships Available

Complete your degree in only 12 months and graduate in December. Summer and fall starts are also available.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

This master’s program is comprised of eight courses, field-based hours, and a capstone project (32 credits total). The interdisciplinary major includes coursework in the School of Health Sciences and School of Education.

The program is designed to give you a foundation in theory and research, as well as to provide an emphasis on practical applications. The program requires a field-based practicum experience and a capstone project to be selected by you in collaboration with your advisor. You will have the opportunity to interact with faculty from health sciences, education, and business fields, as well as to engage in a real-world community health project through your field-based experience and capstone project.

Required Courses

  • Research Methods
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Capstone
  • Health Sciences Organizational Leadership
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Community Organizing and Development
  • Theories of Adult Learning
  • Health Promotion Programs: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Sample Schedule - Jan. 2019 to Dec. 2019


  • Research Methods (Hybrid)
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Hybrid)
  • Theories of Adult Learning


  • Health Science Organizational Leadership (Hybrid)
  • Capstone (Hybrid)


  • Health Promotion Program: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (Hybrid)
  • Public Health Policy and Management (Hybrid)
  • Community Organizing and Development 

Admission Requirements

We prefer 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 performance; human nutrition; biomechanics; or closely related field.

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.