Enrolling Now for January 2013
As a health educator, you will have the ability and opportunity to make a significant and meaningful impact on the well-being of communities, organizations, and institutions. Using a holistic and preventative approach, you will be able to develop programs that effectively enhance health and prevent disease. Health education is increasingly seen as an essential component of healthcare that inspires personal and community responsibility, complements medical care, and reduces healthcare costs.
Tai Sophia Institute’s Master of Science in Health Education and Integrative Health offers a unique approach to this field by providing you with a scientific understanding of, and the evidence for, diverse health practices ranging from conventional to complementary medicine. This knowledge base is paired with extensive development of theory and skills in education and in modifying the behaviors of communities and individuals.
Novel outcomes for this program include:
- A comprehensive understanding of biological health built upon the interrelationships between physiological, psychosocial, cultural, environmental, and spiritual influences on health
- An evidence-based understanding of complementary and integrative healing modalities, including mind-body practices
- Skills to incorporate complementary and integrative health practices into the health education programs you develop
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth rate for health educators is 37% within the next ten years, more than double the national average. This represents one of the fastest-growing careers of the decade.
Career choices for Master of Science in Health Education and Integrative Health graduates include:
- Community health educator
- Corporate health educator
- Health educator for government agencies, insurance companies, and nonprofit organizations
- Health educator in medical centers and fitness centers
- Health communications expert
- Policy maker
- Health advocate
- Researcher and program evaluator
- Faculty at universities and colleges
- Writer, editor, and publisher of books and articles
About the Curriculum
This 40-credit Master of Science in Health Education and Integrative Health program allows you to develop the skills to assess and address population health assets and needs. It uniquely provides an evidence-based understanding of health and wellness practices that integrates traditional, complementary, and conventional medicine, as well as self-care practices. When you complete the program, you will be able to effectively educate organizations and communities to initiate and maintain behavioral changes that strongly impact health and wellness.
Preparation for CHES Certification: Prepares you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist exam, the national standard for professional certification of individual health education practitioners
- Educational program development: Teaches you how design, deliver, and evaluate innovative health education programs
- Distinctive science coursework: Features integrated science courses using a design that has been successful for students of all academic backgrounds
- Broad and inclusive understanding of health practices: Offers evidence-based understanding of health and wellness practices from multiple healing traditions
- Health information literacy: Prepares you to be a discriminating evaluator of current research
- Expert faculty: Instructors are leaders in the fields of health education, medicine, and integrative health
- Hands-on experience: You will develop a personal portfolio for planning and implementing community-based programs
- Flexibility: Delivered in a weekend format to accommodate working professionals and those who travel to attend the program
- Eligible for federal financial aid
What does a Health Educator Actually Do?
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) proudly releases this new video showcasing the various roles, work settings, specialized training, and valuable contributions of health education specialists to enhancing the quality of life for all.