About This Program

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The health promotion program is created for students who are interested in a public health career with a focus on design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse populations. 

Coursework prepares you to pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, while a supervised field experience allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. You’ll leave this program ready to begin your career knowing how to promote the health of individuals and of the communities in which they live.

Hear from Leslie Beale, EdD on how students are able to obtain valuable lessons through fieldwork and experiential experiences through the Health Promotion program. 

Class of 2022

Priscilla Headley

“At Springfield College, their mission is focused on Humanics and helping others in various ways. This prepares me not only for my career in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, but it also prepares me to be a better person overall. With everything going on in this world, we need to have more people thinking about and taking care of others. Springfield College is giving me the tool to become the kind of person and worker that what the world needs.”

 

Priscilla Headley
‘18, G’20

Luis Gomes

"Attending Springfield College was a dream of mine since I was in 6th grade. The College allowed me to grow in spirit, mind, and body, as well as learn among the world's greatest leaders. Springfield College provides each individual with a world-class educational experience and equips you with a second family forever." 

 

Luis Gomes
Your health is your life. Springfield College teaches a holistic approach to health promotion. The health promotion master’s program is preparing me to educate others on positive behaviors toward healthy lifestyles. Wellness is a way of life, and this program is providing me the knowledge to improve the health of our communities. Colleen Mistler, student
Colleen Mistler in front of the Rock Wall
Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in all terms.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

 

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Sequence of Courses/Program Tracking Sheet

This 36 credit graduate program in Health Promotion is designed for students interested in a career in designing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive Health Promotion and Wellness programs for individuals, agencies and organizations.

Coursework is designed to prepare graduates to pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

In addition to the required and track coursework, all students must complete a research requirement.  Students will complete either a thesis or independent study.  Students who complete a thesis are eligible for a M.S., or M.Ed. degree.  Students who complete an independent study are eligible for a M.Ed. degree and must complete a School of Health Sciences poster presentation of their independent study.

The basic program requires a minimum of 36 credits of graduate coursework.

Contact Person:  
Leslie Beale
Department of Physical Education and Health Education
Telephone: (413) 748-3346
E-Mail: lbeale@springfieldcollege.edu

A. Research Core requirement (3 credits)

B. Research requirements (4-9 credits)

1. Thesis option (9 credits)

2. Independent Study option (4 credits)

C. Concentration requirements (12 credits)

D. Electives (12-17 credits)

Electives may be selected, with advisor approval, from the approved list below: 

View the catalog.

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Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • March 15 for summer entry
  • July 15 for fall entry
  • December 1 for spring entry
Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost (36 credits) $39,780
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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