MA Health Education

Health Education and Promotion - MA in Health Education


Do you have an undergraduate degree in Health Education (or related field) and want to improve your knowledge, skill, and career aspects? Are you currently working in the field of health education and want to expand your credentials and skillset to improve your career prospects?

The master of arts in health education (MA) program at East Carolina University provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or for those planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community or corporate settings. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assess the health-related needs of a population, plan and implement effective intervention strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.

Health education is a growing field that is expected to continue to provide favorable employment opportunities. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports the field of health education will expand 36 percent through 2020. Health Educators are increasingly being utilized to teach people how to live healthier lives.

Students who complete the MA in health education can receive Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification upon passing the credentialing exam. CHES certification indicates professional competency in the field as well as dedication to professional development.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School makes the determination of eligibility for admission to the graduate program. Acceptance into the Health Education Program is determined by guidelines established by the graduate faculty of the department. To be considered for admission into the graduate program, a student must present the following qualifications:

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an institute accredited by a regional association.
  • Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Applicants with undergraduate preparation deficient in these areas will be required to remove such deficiencies through supplemental course work as designated by the department’s graduate faculty.

An application is required for admission to the MA graduate program – please visit the ECU Graduate School site for details or click Apply Button below.

Program Requirements

Program Handbook

Delivery Methods

This program is only offered in an off-campus, on-line format.

Additional Information

Graduate Catalog

Important Note to Residents outside North Carolina

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.

East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Many states have prescribed an authorization process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.

East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and programs through nationwide compliance by participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the ECU’s activities in that state.

On November 14, 2016, East Carolina University was approved by to participate in NC-SARA which is a voluntary, regional/national approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that participate in SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of or participate in SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by SARA and administered by the four nationally recognized regional higher education compacts.

Other Useful Resources

Information for online students

DE Graduate Student Application Guide

Institutional and Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students

All applicable ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for licensure in North Carolina. In order to comply with NC-SARA and the U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina:

If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license, please be aware that ECU may or may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets requirement for professional licensure outside the State of North Carolina.  ECU highly recommends that you contact the academic program for assistance with professional licensure questions and enrollment options.  SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements.  Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order to be eligible for a license.  Please explore this link to learn about the appropriate licensing or certification organizations and their requirements.