Walden University’s online MS in Health Education and Promotion program will help you gain the insights and skills you need to design and implement effective health communication initiatives and programs.

Our program allows you to:

  • Choose a specialization that fits your personal and professional goals.
  • Prepare to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 18 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 25 credits

Choose from our General Program or the specializations below:


  • Emergency Preparedness

    The Emergency Preparedness specialization is designed to examine ways that health education and promotion can be used to help communities mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies that impact public health. Explore critical aspects of emergency management, how to respond to acts of terrorism, and approaches for dealing with disaster, crisis, and trauma.

  • Health Policy and Advocacy

    The Health Policy and Advocacy specialization focuses on the ever-evolving world of health politics and policy and ways that health education and promotion can be used to advocate and implement change. Explore a broad range of topics, including diversity, human rights, and social justice; policy and politics in U.S. political institutions; and health legislation.

  • Self-Designed

    The Self-Designed specialization offers the flexibility and freedom to tailor your program to complement your personal and professional objectives. Choose from a variety of elective courses on topics that include population health, behavioral health, health policy, management and leadership, teaching and learning, and research.

Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Examine historic milestones, current challenges, and future trends related to health and health education.
  • Analyze biological, social, political, cultural, environmental, and behavioral factors that impact individual and population health.
  • Assess community needs and capacity for health education.
  • Develop culturally tailored health education programs and communication using health behavior theories and models.

More about our MS in Health Education and Promotion program

  • Career Options

    An MS in Health Education and Promotion can help you gain the skills and experience to work within a wide range of settings to promote healthy lifestyles. These settings include, but are not limited to:*

    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Businesses and corporations
    • Community health agencies
    • Faith-based organizations
    • State and local health departments
    • Hospitals and clinics
    • Schools and universities
  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in Health Education and Promotion program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in Health Education and Promotion program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your MS in Health Education and Promotion at Walden?

  • Accomplished Faculty

    Many of our teaching faculty members hold doctoral degrees across a spectrum of specialty areas.

  • Social Change

    Become more than a scholar; gain skills to help you make a difference in your community.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.



“The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden University is that I am in control of my future."

Tira Wallace | MPH student