Do you have an undergraduate degree in Health Education (or related field) and want to improve your knowledge, skill, and career aspects? Are you currently working in the field of health education and want to expand your credentials and skillset to improve your career prospects?

The master of arts in health education (MA) program at East Carolina University provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or for those planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community or corporate settings. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assess the health-related needs of a population, plan and implement effective intervention strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.

Health education is a growing field that is expected to continue to provide favorable employment opportunities. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports the field of health education will expand 36 percent through 2020. Health Educators are increasingly being utilized to teach people how to live healthier lives.

Students who complete the MA in health education can receive Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification upon passing the credentialing exam. CHES certification indicates professional competency in the field as well as dedication to professional development.

ECU Advantage

The MA in health education is offered completely online from an accredited university. Students in this program are afforded the freedom to continue working as professionals in the field (or closely related discipline) while pursuing a graduate degree to expand their skillset. Classes are enhanced with creative teaching strategies and technologies to allow online students similar teacher-student interactions and student-student interactions to what they would experience in a face-to-face environment.

Our award-winning faculty train leaders to intervene in a variety of health issues. Practical experiences, research opportunities and instructional learning aid in developing leaders in the field of health education. Students are able to integrate ethical principles, cultural beliefs, and socioeconomic issues into effective prevention strategies to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Education and Training
  • Public Health Education and Promotion

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.