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The Department of Health Science offers a Master of Arts in Health Studies. This program is tailored to train Health Promotion professionals to design, implement and evaluate interventions to foster behaviors conducive to health. All of our graduate programs are theory-driven and based on related research findings. Completion of the Master of Arts Program qualifies students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The CHES certification, offered by NCHEC, is the only mechanism for demonstrating competence in Health Education in the US.

Program Guidelines: This 30 semester hours program has a core of 18 credit hours of required coursework and requires an additional 12 credit hours of electives. The entire Masters program can be completed on campus or via distance education (

**Students may transfer 12 graduate credit hours into the program (subject to advisor approval) or take a minimum of 12 credit hours of electives, independent study, or fieldwork courses from UA. Transfer credits can be no older than 6 years from the date the student graduates from UA.

Students interested in the on campus Master of Arts in Health Studies should contact Dr. Dave Birch at [email protected] for further information on the program or advice related to application procedures. Students interested in the Distance MA program should contact Dr. Brian Gordon at [email protected] Other applicable guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Students need to be aware of and adhere to guidelines established by The University of Alabama′s Graduate School (

- Students should select courses and plan a course of study in consultation with their faculty advisor.

- Students need to select either the thesis or non-thesis option after the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.

- Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours for degree completion.

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HHE 515: Advances in Health Science
HHE 520: Health Behavior
HHE 530: Health Promotion Techniques
HHE 565: Organization and Implementation of Health Promotion Programs
HHE 566: Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion
HHE 506: Techniques of Research

Acceptable support courses include but are not limited to:

BEP 561: Social and Cultural Basis of Behavior
BEP 565: Personality and Social Development
BER 540: Statistical Methods in Education
BSP 500: Intro to School Psychology
CHS 500: Rural Environ/Occup Health
CHS 525: Biostatistics
HCM 573: Survey Issues in Health Care Management
HCM 577: Ambulatory Care
HCM 576: Long-Term Care
HD 501: Child Development
HD 512: Adult Development
HHE 504: Health Counseling
HHE 526: Biostatistics
NHM 532: Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education
NHM 561: Advanced Nutrition
NHM 569: Advanced Community Nutrition
NHM 557: Childhood Obesity (Summer only)
NHM 648: Secondary Analysis of Survey Data (summer only)
WS 579: Gender Race Class Cross Culture

All students are required to pass a six hour written comprehensive examination that addresses the content of the six core courses in order to obtain their Master of Arts degree. This exam is proctored and students may not use any outside resources. Each one of the two parts of the exam is graded as “passed”, “passed with contingency”, or “failed”. Sections “passed with contingency” require additional work before the contingency can be lifted. Failed sections must be retaken. Failed sections can only be retaken once.

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