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Objectives & Outcomes

Master of Science in Health Promotion with Area of Concentration in Health Education

Educational Objectives

  • Develop the skills to:
    • Locate, comprehend and utilize primary and secondary literature relevant to the field of community health education
    • Generate balanced evidence-based summaries of the health & wellness impact of self- care behaviors as well as traditional, complementary and conventional medicine modalities
    • Observe oneself: assess and change one’s responses to external and internal stimuli in order to have the greatest potential to educate and inspire the community served
    • Exhibit a willingness to be a learner: ask for help when needed, listen receptively, be open to receiving coaching and reflect on one’s ability to engender these practices in the community served
    • Assess population needs, assets, and capacity for community health education
    • Achieve and maintain rapport with community, practice compassion and powerful listening, work towards achieving a sense of oneness with the community served
    • Create educational programs that address identified community health and wellness needs of target populations
    • Bring awareness to the role of the health educator’s personal narrative in their service to the community; bring awareness to the community served of the role of the connections between language and habitual patterns of behavior
    • Embody the gifts and strengths of the seasons and integrate the lessons of nature into one’s teachings
    • Implement community health & wellness educational programs using a variety of media modalities and technologies
    • Evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of community health & wellness education programs
    • Administer and manage community health education programs
    • Develop a toolkit for applying integrative modalities to community health education interventions, such as physical activity/movement, mindfulness, meditation, and holistic nutrition
    • Complete an internship and generate a health education specialist portfolio
    • Acquire a basic knowledge of:
      • Traditional, complementary and conventional medicine modalities and self-care practices
      • Cross-cultural, traditional and modern concepts of health, wellness, illness and disease
      • Principles and practices of traditional, complementary and conventional medicine
    • Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of:
      • The roles health education specialists play in promoting community health
      • Theories and models central to health education to be used for assessment, communication, program design, and evaluation
      • Health policy and its relationship to community health and education
      • The scientific evidence for the benefits of health promoting environments and behaviors
      • The scientific evidence for the negative health consequences of environment and of harmful behaviors
      • The evidence base for traditional, complementary and conventional medicine modalities in addressing health & wellness needs of U.S. populations

    Program Outcomes

    Students who complete the program will:

    • Have the skills to effectively educate communities to initiate and maintain behavioral changes that support health and wellness will be able to: a. Articulate integrative health modalities & wellness practices from a scientific perspective
      • Engage in personal transformation by embodying the practices learned in the program and by interacting with their community of committed teachers and learners
      • Have a basic knowledge of the timeless teachings of global wisdom traditions and the rhythms of nature that may serve to ground powerful transformative language practices
      • Assess population needs relevant to community health education program design
      • Design and plan community health education programs
      • Implement community health education programs
      • Evaluate community health educational programs and participate in research related to community health education
      • Have the skills to administer and manage community health education programs
    • Have an evidence-based understanding of health & wellness that integrates traditional, complementary and conventional medicine, as well as self-care practices and be able to:
      • Articulate the interrelationship between psychological, social, and biological processes
      • Evaluate the evidence base for integrative health & wellness approaches for communities
      • Evaluate the role played by cultural, social and ecological environments on community health and wellness
      • Evaluate the relationships between environmental and genetic factors that support or hinder community health and wellness
    • Have the skills to succeed professionally as a health education specialist and contribute to the overall field of health education.
      • Be qualified and prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam
      • Articulate the various roles played in related careers by health education specialists, and how the competencies and broader skills function in a variety of career settings, to advance the field of health promotion
      • Have the skills to be a life-long learner, apply critical thinking skills to the expanding evidence base and continue to develop health & information literacy
      • Apply a variety of integrative modalities to community health education interventions, such as physical activity/movement, mindfulness, meditation, and holistic nutrition

    Master of Science in Health Promotion with Area of Concentration in Workplace Wellness

    Educational Objectives

    • Develop the skills to:
      • Locate, comprehend and utilize primary and secondary literature relevant to the field of workplace wellness
      • Generate balanced evidence-based summaries of the health & wellness impact of self-care behaviors as well as traditional, complementary and conventional medicine modalities, especially as it relates to employee health
      • Observe oneself: assess and change one’s responses to external and internal stimuli in order to have the greatest potential to educate and inspire the employees in a workplace
      • Exhibit a willingness to be a learner: ask for help when needed, listen receptively, be open to receiving coaching and reflect on one’s ability to engender these practices in workplace wellness efforts
      • Assess population needs, assets, and capacity for workplace wellness
      • Achieve and maintain rapport with employees, practice compassion and powerful listening, work towards achieving a sense of oneness with the employees served
      • Create educational programs that address identified health and wellness needs of employee populations
      • Bring awareness to the role of the workplace wellness professional’s personal narrative in their service to employee health; bring awareness to the populations served of the role of the connections between language and habitual patterns of behavior
      • Embody the gifts and strengths of the seasons and integrate the lessons of nature into one’s teachings
      • Implement health & wellness programs in the workplace using a variety of media modalities and technologies
      • Evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of workplace wellness programs
      • Administer and manage community workplace wellness programs
      • Develop a toolkit for applying integrative modalities to workplace wellness interventions, such as physical activity/movement, mindfulness, meditation, and holistic nutrition
      • Complete an internship and generate a workplace wellness professional portfolio
    • Acquire a basic knowledge of:
      • How traditional, complementary and conventional medicine modalities and self-care practices support health & wellness
      • Cross-cultural, traditional and modern concepts of health, wellness, illness and disease
      • The principles and practices of traditional, complementary and conventional medicine
    • Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of:
      • The roles workplace wellness professionals play in promoting employee health
      • Theories and models used for assessment, communication, program design, and evaluation in workplace wellness
      • The evidence-based best practices and business of developing and implementing workplace wellness programs
      • The scientific evidence for the benefits of health promoting environments and behaviors for employees
      • The scientific evidence for the negative health consequences of environment and of harmful behaviors for employees
      • The evidence base for traditional, complementary and conventional medicine modalities in addressing health & wellness needs of U.S. populations

    Program Outcomes

    Students who complete the program will:

    • Acquire skills to effectively educate employees to initiate and maintain behavioral changes that support health and wellness and be able to:
      • Articulate integrative health modalities & wellness practices from a scientific perspective
      • Engage in personal transformation by embodying the practices learned in the program and by interacting with their community of committed teachers and learners
      • Possess a basic knowledge of the timeless teachings of global wisdom traditions and the rhythms of nature that may serve to ground powerful transformative language practices
      • Assess population needs relevant to workplace wellness program design
      • Design and plan workplace wellness programs
      • Implement workplace wellness programs from an evidence base of best practices
      • Evaluate workplace wellness programs and speak the business language of the business of workplace wellness with various levels of employees and organizational leadership
      • Administer and manage workplace wellness programs
    • Acquire an evidence-based understanding of employee health & wellness that integrates traditional, complementary and conventional medicine, as well as self-care practices and be able to:
      • Articulate the inter-relationship between psychological, social, and biological processes
      • Evaluate the evidence base for integrative health & wellness approaches in workplace wellness
      • Evaluate the role played by cultural, social and ecological environments on employee health and wellness
      • Evaluate the relationships between environmental and genetic factors that support or hinder employee health and wellness
    • Have the skills to succeed professionally as a workplace wellness professional and contribute to the overall field of workplace wellness and be able to:
      • Articulate the various roles played in related careers by workplace wellness professionals
      • Adopt  life-long learning practices, apply critical thinking skills to the expanding evidence base and continue to develop health & information literacy
      • Apply a variety of integrative modalities to workplace wellness interventions, such as physical activity/movement, mindfulness, meditation, and holistic nutrition

    Certification and Credentials

    Graduates of the Master of Science in Health Promotion will meet the eligibility requirements to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.