MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH PROMOTION AND MANAGEMENT

Master of Science in Health Promotion and Management

Our health promotion and management master’s degree equips you for leadership careers in corporate health and wellness, public health, health education, health coaching, fitness programming and other health-related fields. 

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

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alumni & Career Virtual Panel

Thursday, March 14, 2024 
from 6:00 pm 
to 7:00 pm

Learn more about Merrimack's various pathways offered that can lead you to qualify for the RD exam. You will hear firsthand from alumni of the M.S. programs in Nutrition and Human Performance, Exercise and Sport Science, and Health Promotion and Management who are now practicing RDN's!

Health Promotion and Management Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack?

You can make a strong impression on the job market with a health promotion and management master’s degree from Merrimack. Our program is known for its:

One-of a Kind Fellowships.

If you qualify for one of Merrimack’s unique health promotion and management fellowships, you can gain hundreds of hours of hands-on workplace experience with high-profile partners such as the Andover Health Department, Food Recovery Network, Merrimack Valley YMCA and Merrimack Athletics. Health promotion and management fellowships include a 50-100% tuition reduction.

Superior Faculty.

You’ll build relationships with seasoned health management practitioners, including nationally renowned researchers such as Juliana Cohen and industry veterans such as Allison Higgins, Raytheon’s former manager of corporate wellness. Merrimack professors combine academic distinction with extensive clinical experience, offering practical insights that go far beyond standard textbook curriculum.

Exceptional Interdisciplinary Training.

Merrimack’s health promotion and management master’s degree provides tightly integrated expertise in health, wellness, business, administration and policy. Few U.S. graduate programs offer a comparable package, so our health promotion and management program elevates you to the top of the hiring pool and qualifies you for leadership positions.

Outstanding Professional Development.

All students in the health promotion and management program have opportunities to gain practical skills by participating in research, completing fellowships, conducting case studies and doing project-based assignments. The health promotion and management master’s degree culminates in an e-Portfolio and professional presentation that showcases your talent and strengthens your portfolio.

 

Program Format

  • Online, On Campus or Hybrid

Start Terms

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer I
  • Summer II

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Personalize Your Health Promotion and Management Graduate Degree with an In-demand Concentration

As a student in Merrimack’s Master of Science in Health Promotion and Management graduate program, you’ll have the option to choose a concentration, which adds focus and highly marketable skills to your program of study.

Health Promotion and Program Management

Prepare for a leading role in corporate wellness, public health, fitness programming and other health-related fields. The Health Promotion and Program Management concentration provides a tightly integrated curriculum in health, wellness, leadership, marketing, administration and policy. You’ll graduate with the well-rounded expertise and perspective required for leadership positions.

Health and Wellness Coaching

Prepare for a rewarding career as a health and wellness coach. Students in this concentration learn and practice evidence-based skills to actively engage clients/patients in various settings to foster lifestyle behavioral changes. In addition to earning their Master’s degree, students also receive a Merrimack College Health Coaching Certificate when they complete 50 coaching sessions with real-world clients as part of the course requirement.

*Note courses specific to the Health and Wellness Coaching concentration are offered only in-person, though you may choose to complete your core courses and other electives online.

Community Health Education

Help individuals, families and whole communities live healthier lives. The Community Health Education concentration offers you the resources, tools and hands-on training to encourage healthy lifestyles. By studying current population health issues and evidence-based professional practices, you’ll learn how to identify community health challenges—and work to solve them.

Named a Top 10 Program

Our M.S. degree was recognized as a top 10 program in UniversityHQ's review of Best Online Masters in Health & Wellness for 2023. The rankings were based on data such as admission rates, student retention, and graduate salary figures, "to present an objective and unbiased view" of the colleges assessed.

Career Connections in Health Promotion and Management

Merrimack’s health promotion and management program enjoys a stellar reputation among employers. Our alumni have an outstanding record of achievement in the workforce.

Whether you’re interested in corporate health and wellness, public health, health education, health coaching, fitness programming and other health-related fields, we can help you find job opportunities and expand your professional network to put your career on a growth trajectory.

 

What You’ll Learn With a Health Promotion and Management Master’s Degree

Our health promotion and management graduate degree equips you with a full suite of evidence-based methods and professional tools. It includes 32 credits of courses in health promotion, policy, social marketing and more along with a career-preparing capstone involving research, needs assessment, or program design (or a similar in-depth project) along with 8 credits (2 courses) of electives that allow you to tailor the education to your career goals.

The health promotion and management master’s degree includes training in:

  • Needs assessment
  • Community program development and implementation
  • Organizational leadership
  • Public health policy
  • Management and strategic planning
  • Market analysis and community outreach
  • Program evaluation
  • Community health research
  • Disease prevention and health promotion
 

Class assignments in the health promotion and management graduate program examine real-world case studies and emphasize relevant, applied skills over abstract theory. The capstone project culminates in a written report, professional presentation or other tangible product that exhibits your knowledge and augments your professional portfolio.

My fellowship allowed me to gain valuable supervised experience and the opportunity to refine my skills into marketable deliverables. This gave me a unique advantage in the marketplace and helped me to land my dream job right after graduation.

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Want to Learn More about the Master of Science in Health Promotion and Management?

Contact the Merrimack College Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@merrimack.edu.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Fellowships in the health promotion and management master’s program can reduce your tuition by 50 percent or more.

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