The Master of Arts in Health Education at John F. Kennedy University guides students on an in-depth exploration of health that goes far beyond the disease/cure paradigm currently prevailing in Western medicine. Following an evidence-based approach, students examine the various links among the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, and systemic aspects of health, investigating the ways in which our individual and communal life experiences are influenced not only by physical factors such as nutrition, exercise, and the environment, but also by thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and relationships.
- Emphasis on client interaction goes beyond the science-only approach of other programs
- Applied learning component ensures all students gain practical, on-the-job experience while serving the local community
- Optional Specialization in Holistic Nutrition
With a strong focus on experiential learning and an emphasis on multicultural understanding, the program prepares aspiring health educators and holistic nutritionists to work with a wide range of clients across a variety of practice settings. Graduates possess the skills and knowledge necessary to chart their own career in health education, whether it be with a traditional healthcare employer such as a hospital or clinic, with a niche non-profit organization, or as a solo entrepreneur. From day one, our accomplished faculty of scholar-practitioners is dedicated not only to providing our students with the tools they need to guide their clients successfully to increased health and well-being, but to embody the values of holism and wellbeing themselves.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates of the MA in Holistic Health Education degree will, at a level appropriate to a master’s degree, be able to:
- Demonstrate skills and abilities for the field of holistic health education.
- Apply specialized knowledge in the field of holistic health education, including holistic perspectives on health, health education, and health coaching.
- Apply relevant ethical principles or frameworks to guide both professional conduct and relationships with individuals, communities, and other professionals.
- Cultivate an awareness of a multicultural and diverse community to inform all aspects of the health educator role and to promote health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups.
- Demonstrate commitment to service to the community.
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An Integrative Approach to Health
The JFK University MA in Health Education program takes an integrative approach to health that addresses not only the body but also the mind, spirit, community, and environment. Working from an ecological perspective that recognizes the individual’s connection to others and the environment, our trained health educators assist clients in coming to a holistic understanding of health and wellbeing.
Holistic Nutrition Specialization
One of the most popular aspects of our MA in Health Education program is the Holistic Nutrition Specialization. Focusing on food as a healing modality, this specialization meets and exceeds the requirements established by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and is a NANP recommended program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition.
Prior to completing the program, all students are required to participate in an applied learning component in which they take their knowledge and abilities from the classroom into the community. Under faculty supervision, students fulfill their applied learning component by providing wellness coaching, nutritional consultation, and other health education services.
The MA in Health Education requires completion of 59 quarter units comprised of the courses outlined below. Each student must also take:
- HHE5615, Practicum in Health and Healing, (5) units
Holistic Nutrition Specialization
Most of the courses required for the Holistic Nutrition Specialization are part of the curriculum for the Master’s program, leaving only four (4) units beyond the degree requirements required to fulfill the requirements of the Holistic Nutrition specialization.
(may be taken in any quarter after HHE5574)
Students work with ways of bridging their work as students with what they hope to do as professionals by working for one quarter in a professional setting under the guidance of a mentor, keeping a journal, and describing their work in a paper. This internship meets the requirements of SVL 5000 – Service Learning. To receive credit, students must receive approval from the Service Learning Coordinator upon submitting the required proposal, and perform at least 30 hours of service learning through the internship before graduation.