About This Program

100% Online Delivery

Courses will be offered in an asynchronous online format, delivered via the Springfield College Brightspace (D2L) interface. All asynchronous courses will include synchronous office hours and student access to one-on-one synchronous meetings as needed.

Faculty & Staff

Shannon Gifford, EdD
Professor
Program Director
Department of Physical Education and Health Education
sgifford@springfield.edu
(413) 748-3268

Olya Clark, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Education and Health Education

oclark@springfield.edu
(413) 748-3399

Admissions Contact

Rachel Ahlmeyer
Graduate Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator for the School of Physical Education, Performance, and Sport Leadership
rahlmeyer@springfieldcollege.edu
(413) 748-3383 or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/rahlmeyer

Promote equity and improve health in diverse populations

Through a mix of required and elective courses consisting of 30 credit hours, students will examine critical and complex health equity and social justice challenges in the Health Promotion and Health Equity (HPHE) program. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the economic, social, environmental, political, and health issues impacting vulnerable populations. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to drive policy changes, evaluate needs, identify assets, and solve pressing health-related challenges. Program graduates are prepared to use social and behavioral theories and models to design, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed at addressing social determinants of health and decreasing health disparities. In addition to core courses, students choose a track, two electives and complete a capstone course ensuring their degree aligns with their current role and future career goals.

The core courses will form the primary content of the major and will include: conceptual and theoretical foundations of health behavior change; determinants of health and health inequity; planning, implementation, and evaluation of health programs; and working effectively with underserved populations. Students will select one of two tracks that will provide an opportunity to focus on specialty areas in Health Promotion.

Upcoming 2022 HPHE Virtual Information Sessions

Sept. 29            Oct. 5.              Oct. 18.           Oct. 30.          Nov. 2
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UNDERSTANDING THE TWO TRACKS

The Health Education and Behavior Change track will provide students with the opportunity to focus on skills and perspectives to facilitate healthy practices at individual and societal levels. These perspectives include the theoretical, programmatic and empirical foundations of learning and teaching; strategies and policies that promote healthy populations; and administration and management of health education programs.  In addition to the primary core courses, students will take additional coursework in social and emotional learning, leadership, and health advocacy. Students who enter the program with an initial teaching license in health/family and consumer sciences in Massachusetts who complete the Health Education and Behavior Change track as part of this degree will have obtained the credentials to earn their professional teaching license.

The Health Equity and Social Justice track provides students with the opportunity to focus on diverse perspectives in community health education and health promotion. These perspectives include how to educate others about health; create a culture of health; identify structural causes of health inequities; and interpret health trends; and advocate for health equity. In addition to the primary core courses, students will take additional courses in social justice, ethics, cultural humility, structural drivers of health disparity and inequities, and implementation and sustainability of community health programs. The core courses, along with the courses in the Health Equity and Social Justice track, are aligned with the Responsibilities and Competencies outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Students who successfully complete the degree and this track will be eligible and may apply to take the Certified Health Education SpecialistⓇ (CHESⓇ) credentialing exam, or the Master Certified Health Education SpecialistⓇ (MCHESⓇ) credentialing exam. CHESⓇ and MCHESⓇ certification indicate professional competency in the discipline as well as dedication to professional development, and is the gold standard for certification in the field of health education.

Students will choose two elective courses as part of their program. The elective courses will allow students to identify and select courses that supplement and/or complement their knowledge base in the fields of health education, health promotion and health equity.

Earn your degree while continuing to work - Because the classes in this program are offered online, you can continue to work full-time, advancing your career as you complete your degree at your own pace.

All students will complete a capstone project as their culminating program experience. The capstone requirement is meant to synthesize the scope of knowledge, theory, and skills developed across the breadth of the program and allow students the opportunity to put theory into practice and engage with the community. Capstone proposals and projects will be unique to the student and their current or anticipated professional experiences. Comprehensive capstone proposals and projects are accomplished with consultation and direction provided by the faculty member teaching the capstone course.

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
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
Admissions Requirements

You are more than a number to us.

Springfield College uses a holistic approach to graduate admission; we consider many aspects of the student during the admissions process. You are more than your grades, or where you went to school. Students are not required to submit GRE scores.  Instead, we take the following into consideration:

  • Your community involvement/service
  • Leadership
  • Your personal/professional ethics
  • What you have achieved in your current career
  • Letters of recommendation

Admission Requirements

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 intladmissions@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

Core Curriculum (4 Courses, 12 credits)

  • HLTH 601 - Health Behavior Change (3 credits)
  • HLTH 602 - Determinants of Health Equity (3 credits)
  • HLTH 605 - Health Communication and Media Literacy (3 credits)
  • HLTH 607 - Assessing Power and Privilege in Health (3 credits)

Selectives (3 Courses, 9 credits)

Suggested for the Health Education and Behavior Change Track

  • HLTH 615 - Advocacy and Leadership in Health Education (3 credits)
  • HLTH 617 - Social & Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • HLTH 619 - Advanced Instructional Strategies in Health Education (3 credits)

Suggested for the Health Promotion and Health Equity Track

  • HLTH 614 - Implementation and Sustainability of Comm. Health Programs (3 credits)
  • HLTH 624 - Health Promotion & Professional Ethics (3 credits)
  • HLTH 634 - Health Promotion Programs for Priority Populations (3 credits)

Electives (2 Courses, 6 credits)

  • HLTH 510 – Race, ethnicity, class and gender (3 credits)
  • HLTH 515 – Hunger and food insecurity (3 credits)
  • HLTH 520 – Urban and rural health (3 credits)
  • HLTH 525 - Human disease and health literacy (3 credits)
  • HLTH 530 – Women’s health issues (3 credits)
  • HLTH 640 – Techniques of applied nutrition (3 credits)
  • HLTH 682 – Critical issues in health promotion, health equity and social justice (3 credits)

Capstone (1 Course, 3 credits)

  • HLTH 686 – Capstone in Health Promotion and Health Equity (3 credits)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

This program is a total of 30 credits.

The 2022-23 cost per credit rate is $700 per credit.

This program tuition is approximately $21,000.

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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

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are prepared to work in a variety of positions in health education, health promotion, school health and community health such as:

  • Academic or foundation researcher
  • Coalition coordinator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Employee Wellness Director
  • Federal health agency staff member
  • Health and Equity Consultant
  • Health Education Director
  • Health Educator
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Health Program Monitor and Evaluator
  • Health Promotion Director
  • Health Specialist
  • Health Teacher
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Patient Education Director
  • Program Manager or Administrator

After completing your degree, you can utilize your skills and expertise to work for a variety of different employers, including: 

  • Academic Institutions
  • Community Health Agencies
  • Consulting Groups
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Departments of Health 
  • Employee Wellness Settings
  • Government Health Agencies
  • International Organizations
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • School Districts