Master of Arts in Health Promotion
The Master of Arts in Health Promotion (M.A.) is a 33 credit hour on-line program that will prepare highly trained health educators to meet the health needs of our society in a variety of work settings, including community and public health agencies, work site health promotion programs, schools, and other health organizations. This program is designed for professionals who want to enhance their skills in promoting health strategies that will lead to improved disease prevention. The M.A. in Health Promotion program is appropriate for those with undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas including health education, health promotion, public health, sociology, psychology, allied health fields, and environmental health studies.
The on-line delivery system will be utilized for course instruction which will allow greater access for individuals in the State of West Virginia and the surrounding region. Potential students for the M.A. in Health Promotion program must be proficient in computers and possess good writing skills.
Certified Health Education Specialist Examination (CHES)
Students who graduate from the M.A. in Health Promotion program will be prepared and qualified to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination in order to obtain the CHES credential. The CHES designation is an indication of professional competency and commitment to ongoing professional growth and development (through the CHES CEU process). CHES exam eligibility is based solely on academic qualifications. To be eligible for the CHES examination, an individual must hold a bachelors, masters or doctorate (from an accredited institution of higher education) in the field of health education and/or health promotion.