Health Promotion

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness
Department:Exercise Science & Community Health
Building 72, Room 241
(850) 474-2592
http://uwf.edu/esch
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.1504
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 39

A M.S. degree in Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.  Coursework reflects current professional standards and practices in the health promotion field.  Coursework will prepare the student for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, a competency-based tool used to measure the possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. 

The Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness program is interdisciplinary and addresses the needs of students from a variety of academic backgrounds. A total of 39 semester hours are required for completion of this program. Electives allow students to further specialize their course of studies in areas of interest within this focus and are carefully chosen in conjunction with their advisor.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative score
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Undergraduate Senior Year/Major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals
  • Submission of three Recommendation Forms (PDF)
  • Work Experience as reflected in a résumé (only for graduate assistants)

The graduate test requirement may be waived if one of these conditions is met:

  1. The applicant has a 3.25 undergraduate GPA or higher;
  2. The applicant has a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and three years of relevant work experience in health promotion that would normally require a bachelor’s degree;
  3. The applicant holds a terminal degree (Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D., etc.) or an advanced professional degree (M.S., M.A., etc.) from an accredited college or university.

Foundational Proficiencies

Students in the Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness must have previous credit in human anatomy, physiology, or pathophysiology; general science course, and personal and community health; or the equivalent.