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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the degree take to complete?

Students can complete the program in just one year or three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer). View the Curriculum page for sample course schedules.

How much does it cost?

The total cost of the 30-credit online HEB program is $17,572.50 at $585.75 per credit hour. View the Tuition and Financial Aid page for details.

What careers does this degree help me to obtain?

The online HEB program was designed to deliver the knowledge and skills required to become a Certified Health Education Specialist. Students who enroll in the program are required to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam. Upon passing, students will be prepared to succeed in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Worksite health promotion/employee wellness
  • Governmental health agencies at the local, state, and national levels
  • Community health organizations
  • Non-profit health organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Schools

With Gator alumni spanning all 50 states and 135 countries, students can also be confident in having a strong network of professionals with whom they can connect. View the Careers page for more information.

Do I need to come to Gainesville at any time in the degree?

Students in the online HEB program are never required to come to campus but are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony in person.

Do I have to be enrolled full time?

No. Students of the online HEB program can enroll full-time or part-time. Full-time status for graduate students is nine credits (three courses), but students may take only one course per semester. View the Curriculum page for details.

Can I earn any credit for past experience?

While the University of Florida does not currently award credit for past life or work experience, students can transfer up to nine graduate credits from a regionally accredited university with an advisor’s approval. Speak with an enrollment advisor or visit the Admissions page for details.

Are there any scholarships available?

Merit-based scholarships may be available to students in the online HEB program. Students are also encouraged to apply for government and/or private loans to help finance their education. Visit the Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.

What student services are available to me as a distance learner?

Online HEB students have access to services including:

  • Gator Careerlink — this career resource guide provides students access to full and part-time opportunities, internships, co-ops, information sessions, workshops, career fair information, networking opportunities, mock interview options, career planning appointments, and so much more.
  • 24/7 Tech Support — the e-Learning Help Desk site is at your fingertips and ready to answer your questions.

Is there an average GPA requirement for the program?

Online HEB students are required to maintain a minimum average GPA of 3.0.

Is the online M.S. in Health Education and Behavior program asynchronous or synchronous?

Though courses in the program are primarily asynchronous, faculty and students may decide to work together synchronously and may be required to login to Zoom video calls on occasion.

How quickly can I expect faculty to respond to my questions?

Students can expect to hear back from faculty within 24-48 hours, but often sooner.

Does the M.S. in Health Education and Behavior program accept international students?

The University gladly welcomes international students to the online M.S. in HEB program. In addition to the standard admissions requirements, international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores.

International applicants should carefully review the International Admissions page.

How will I receive an admissions decision once I’ve submitted my application?

Applicants are informed of an admissions decision — denied or accepted — via email within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

Who can I contact to answer questions related to veteran affairs?

Questions related to Veteran Affairs can be directed to UF Student Veteran Services at 352-294-2948 or vacounselor@ufl.edu.

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