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Master of Arts in Health Education

Program Contact: Ms. Paula Szloboda, RN,MA,MBA

Now accepting applications for Fall 2015.

The Master of Arts in Health Education Program at JFK University combines over 30 years of experience with a firm grounding in a holistic perspective.

This Master's offers a highly applied program in which students:

  • Learn - studying the theory behind health education and nutritional approaches and models
  • Do - applying that theory by engaging in experiential learning in the classroom
  • Live - experiencing personal transformation that impacts their daily lives
  • Teach - instructing, coaching, and mentoring others through in-class activities, client work, internships, and community service

This MA in Health Education prepares health educators and communicators, integrative health coaches, and holistic nutritional consultants to work in a variety of settings including hospitals and clinics; corporate wellness centers; school and university settings; community health centers, non-profit organizations; insurance companies; and other health-related industries.

Our graduates work together with individuals and organizations to:

  • Define health in a meaningful way for self and community;
  • Facilitate action based upon the understanding that health goes beyond eliminating risk factors for disease;
  • Seek intrinsic sources of motivation, such as happiness, well-being, purpose, and meaning; and
  • Conceive of change as a process of raising awareness and facilitating self-healing and social transformation.

Our approach to health education is informed by the principles of:

  • Holism: The importance of looking at people as a whole, rather than merely the sum of their parts.
  • Ecology: We live our lives embedded in social and environmental systems that have profound effects upon our health.
  • Social Justice: Health is a human right; promoting access and reducing health inequities are critical. Individual and community empowerment is the first priority.


Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Health Education program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a holistic and evidence-based approach to health education, addressing body, mind, spirit, and community
  • Explain the basic philosophies of health and healing and the basics of diagnosis and treatment (to the level appropriate for health educators) in a variety of modalities of health care, both conventional and alternative, demonstrating an evidence-based integrative approach.
  • Be proficient in performing competencies associated with the professional role of health educator.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies for delivering health education content and services, drawing from a knowledge of multiple approaches and frameworks.



All courses are 4 units unless otherwise noted.
HHE 5001 Introduction to Health Education (0)
HHE 5120 Integrative Health
HHE 5140 Culture, Community, and Health
HHE 5145 Health and the Environment
HHE 5147 Research in Health Education B
HHE 5148 Research in Health Education C
HHE 5155 Foundations of Holistic Nutrition
HHE 5169 Nutrition for Wellness Throughout the Lifecycle
HHE 5200 Research in Health Education A
HHE 5225 Foundations of Health Education
HHE 5428 Fundamentals of Coaching (1)
HHE 5429 Coaching for Wellness (1)
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum (1)
HHE 5500 Learning Models and Educational Methods
HHE 5505 Student Review: Midpoint (0)
HHE 5512 Mind-Body Approaches to Stress Management
HHE 5607 Preparing for Supervised Internship
HHE 5575 Supervised Internship (1)
HHE 5607 Preparing for MA Integrative Project (1)
HHE 5608 Demonstrating Mastery (0)
HHE 5609 MA Integrative Project A (2)
HHE 5610 MA Integrative Project B (1)
HHE 5615 Practicum in Health and Healing (1 unit each – 6 units total)
SVL 5000 Service Learning (JFKU Engaged) (0)

Total Units Required: 59

Holistic Nutrition Specialization Curriculum
All courses are 4 units unless otherwise noted.
HHE 5155 Foundations of Holistic Nutrition*
HHE 5167 Nutritional Consultation and Coaching (2)
HHE 5169 Nutrition for Wellness Throughout the Lifecycle*
HHE 5171 Nutrition for Healing the Body and Mind
HHE 5145 Health and the Environment*
HHE 5615 Practicum in Health and Healing* (1 unit each - 3 Practicum units total)
Dietary Planning; Business Practices; Holistic Approaches to Weight and Health
HHE 5428 Fundamentals of Coaching (1)*
HHE 5429 Coaching for Wellness (1)*
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum (1)*

Total Units Required: 24

*NOTE:  The asterisked courses are part of the Master's degree requirements, so only four (4) units beyond the degree requirements are required to fulfill the requirements of the Holistic Nutrition specialization.