MA in Health Education (ONLINE)

The Master of Arts Degree in Health Education provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community, and corporate settings. The academic program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. All students take 18-semester hours of required courses and select from one of three options: thesis, internship, or coursework. Students select electives in consultation with their advisor.

East Carolina University works to align its courses with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Responsibilities and Competencies for entry-level practice of health education in preparation for the CHES examination.

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This program is offered completely online.


The Graduate School makes the determination of eligibility for admission to the graduate program. Acceptance into the Health Education Program is determined by guidelines established by the graduate faculty of the department. To be considered for admission into the graduate program, a student must present the following qualifications:

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an institute accredited by a regional association.
  • Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).


An application is required for admission to the MA graduate program - please visit the ECU Graduate School site for details or click Apply Button below.

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For more information, please contact:

Michele Wallen, PhD
Belk Building, Room 3204
Greenville, NC 27858-4353 USA

You can use the links below to access the Program Handbook and Graduate Catalog. Please note that in all cases, the Catalog is the controlling document for your plan of study

Program Handbook

Graduate Catalog

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina

Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required. Due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. For the most current list of states, visit this link ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree.

Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.

For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252/737-1268 or email

Other Useful Resources

Information for online students

DE Graduate Student Application Guide