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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Public Health Education Online

Play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention in local, state, national, and international communities.

07/19/21 Next Application Due Date
08/02/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

Why Our MSEd in Public Health Ed Stands Out

$17,093** Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

Become a leader in public health and work toward building healthy communities with the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Public Health Education online program at Southern Oregon University. Explore education and communication principles and methods to promote preventive health measures. Also gain expertise in providing and managing health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Job opportunities as a health educator are available in six major career sectors: community health, school health, business and nonprofit health, academia and university government, and healthcare. This multidisciplinary program includes 100 percent online courses in education, health, and business to help you develop the competencies necessary to address public health issues in your community.

Coursework includes instruction in human development, health issues across the lifespan, population-specific health issues, administration of health education campaigns and programs, and applications to specific public health subjects and issues. You will be prepared to collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments.

This program also prepares you for the exam to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®), a nationally recognized certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Graduates of this MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education online program will be able to:

  • design personalized health promotion programs around behavioral, psychological, biological, genetic and environmental factors that affect population health; and
  • explain and communicate the social, political, and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health, access to healthcare systems, and health inequities.

Career opportunities include:

  • Community Health Educator
  • Employee Wellness Coordinator
  • Health Media Director
  • Health Programs Manager
  • Education Outreach Liaison
  • Environmental Health Educator
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Medical Resource Manager

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by, 2020.

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SOU Makes Online Degrees Affordable

Our MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$17,093 Total Tuition**

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MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Public Health Education online degree program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Course Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education $369* $1,476 $17,093**

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

**The MSEd with concentration in Public Health Education includes two MBA courses in the program that have a cost of $430 per credit, and total cost of $1,730 per course.


Keep These Key Dates in Mind

The MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

07/19/21 Next Application Due Date
08/02/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/07/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 09/22/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

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What You Need to Get Started on Your Online MSEd in Public Health Ed Application

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for full admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be granted admission following a review of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected].

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.


A Look at the MSEd in Public Health Ed Curriculum

The MSEd with a Concentration in Public Health Education online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is the last required class in the MSEd program where students complete the Master's project based on their approved research proposal completed in ED 531. Master's project must follow the corresponding student handbook, demonstrate evidence of scholarly study, writing, leadership, and contribute to the field of education.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the pedagogy and andragogy to develop effective strategies to engage adult learners. Topics include: theory into action; effective adult teaching characteristics; learning interventions to support adult learners: self-directed, active/project-based, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Supports the development of health promotion initiatives in the context of chronic and infectious diseases and the leading health indicators in the US. Students will become familiar with the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among individuals and demographic groups in the US and address access to healthcare systems, health education, lifestyle and behavior change in the context of decreased risk and management of chronic and infectious diseases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines issues of equity in public health including systems and structures related to poverty, racism, and other forms of discrimination. Explores the unequal distribution of resources across dimensions of individual and group identity. Emphasizes cultural competency for health professionals and need for understanding key social justice issues relevant to health disparities in working with diverse populations. Adopts an applied focus to implement solutions into professional practice. Learners reflect on their personal biases to broaden their worldview and consider other perspectives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Engages key issues related to the organization and operations of the US healthcare system. The healthcare system in the United States is one of complexities due to the vast number of components that are central to its functioning. Regulators, payers, providers, consumers and suppliers all contribute to the system where higher spending does not necessarily equate to better healthcare outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores communication in healthcare organizations. The course uses both a theoretical and applied approach to topics key to healthcare administrators, including communicating with patients and families, emotions (such as stress) in the workplace, new technology in healthcare organizations, crisis communication, and ethics.

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd] program is helping me ground and develop some of the ideas I already have in legitimate theories, processes and ideals accepted in the pedagogical community. It's also giving me that legitimacy I was missing beforehand.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

**The MSED with concentration in Public Health Education includes two MBA courses in the program that have a cost of $430 per credit, and total cost of $1,730 per course.

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