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Master of Arts in Health Education

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

Now accepting applications for Spring and 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:

  1. Demonstrate a holistic and evidence-based approach to health education, addressing body, mind, spirit, and community.
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in performing competencies associated with the professional role of health educator.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of multiple approaches and frameworks for delivering health education content and services.

Requirements

Curriculum

All courses are 4 units unless otherwise noted.

HHE 5001 Introduction to Health Education (0)
HHE 5505 Student Review: Midpoint (0)
HHE 5608 Demonstrating Mastery (0)
HHE 5225 Foundations of Health Education
HHE 5120 Integrative Health
HHE 5140 Culture, Community, and Health
HHE 5145 Health and the Environment
HHE 5155 Foundations of Holistic Nutrition
HHE 5169 Nutrition for Wellness Throughout the Lifecycle
HHE 5158 Models of Change for Health Education
HHE 5500 Learning Models and Educational Methods
HHE 5512 Mind-Body Approaches to Stress Management
HHE 5200 Research in Health Education A
HHE 5147 Research in Health Education B
HHE 5148 Research in Health Education C (1)
HHE 5615 Practicum in Health and Healing (1 unit each, 5 units total)
HHE 5428 Fundamentals of Coaching (1)
HHE 5429 Coaching for Wellness (1)
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum A (1)
HHE 5432 Coaching Practicum B (1)
HHE 5575 Supervised Internship (1)
HHE 5607 Preparing for MA Integrative Project (1)
HHE 5609 MA Integrative Project A (2)
HHE 5610 MA Integrative Project B (1)

Total Units Required: 59

Students may complete the MA in Health Education and a Specialization in Holistic Nutrition by dedicating their five units of required practicum coursework to specific nutrition practica (listed below) and taking one additional four-unit course that is not required for the MA in Health Education (listed in italics below).

Holistic Nutrition Specialization Curriculum
HHE 5155 Foundations of Holistic Nutrition
HHE 5169 Nutrition for Wellness Throughout the Lifecycle
HHE 5171 Nutrition for Healing the Body and Mind
HHE 5145 Health and the Environment
HHE 5167  Nutritional Consultation and Coaching (replaces 2 Practicum units in degree requirements)
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
HHE 5429 Coaching for Wellness (1)
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum (1)