The University of Florida’s 100% online Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Education and Behavior (HEB) prepares current and aspiring health sector professionals to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate health education and promotion in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings.
The online health education master’s program curriculum was developed around the eight areas of responsibility as defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc., ensuring that students are equipped with the competencies and skills necessary to succeed as health education specialists. In addition to the core curriculum, students choose from a range of program-specific electives to suit their career goals.
By the end of the program, students will sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) Exam — and UF master’s in health education and behavior graduates boast an exceptional pass rate thanks to our carefully crafted curriculum and expert faculty. Our M.S. in HEB faculty are heavily involved in the field of health education and promotion, and each of them is invested in students’ careers and professional aspirations, often providing personalized guidance to help students meet their goals. They include registered dietitians and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics fellow with expertise in public health practice, private practice, nutrition education, and academic research.
This investment in our M.S. in HEB students also extends to the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which will require those eligible for the exam to hold a master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college, university, or foreign equivalent as of January 1, 2024.
By earning a M.S. in HEB online, students can complete the degree on their own time — in as few as three semesters or as long as it takes them — all while continuing to meet their professional and personal obligations.
Benefits of UF’s master’s degree in health education and behavior include:
Study a Career-Focused Curriculum
Prepare for career advancement in the field of health education and promotion.
Prepare to Pass the CHES® Exam
Students are required to sit for the CHES® Exam during the program — ensuring they are ready to advance their careers as soon as they graduate.
83.5% CHES® Exam Pass Rate
During the 2021 exam cycles, 61 students/graduates took the CHES® exam. Of these test takers, 56 passed resulting in a 83.5% pass rate — nearly 22.3% higher than the national average.
Work One-on-One with Expert Faculty
Learn alongside experienced experts who are actively involved in the field of health education and behavior — and who want to help you reach your career goals.
Complete in Just One Year
The 30-credit HEB can be completed in as few as three semesters.
Take Your Classroom Anywhere
100% online courses are designed for working professionals, so you can earn your master’s without putting your career on hold.
Best Accredited Online Master's in Health Education Program by BestColleges.
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