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Public Health Education and Promotion

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Texas State, an emerging research and Hispanic-Serving Institution, offers a public health education and promotion program that provides opportunities for:

  • personal interactions with faculty
  • collaboration with fellow students in small classes
  • abundant career options in the fast-growth corridor of Central Texas, situated on the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country
  • behavioral and community-based research

Graduates design, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in various settings to help improve the overall public health of communities.

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If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jeff Housman
Jowers Center (JOW), Room A121

“The Public Health faculty helped me to achieve dreams I, a first-generation college student, didn’t even know were possible. Their attentiveness and high educational standards helped me to discover my passion and guided me to become the health education professional I am today.ˮ

— Koreena Villareal, M.Ed. ’14, Certified Health Education Specialist

Course Work

Students pursuing a master of science in public health education and promotion will complete 36 hours of graduate course work focusing on health program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in behavior theory, health research methods, and statistics. Both a thesis and non-thesis option are available.

After completing the program, students are eligible to sit for the nationally accredited Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. The CHES examination is considered the only national entry-level certification for employment in the field.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis No minor required
M.S. 36 Thesis Minor required
M.S. 36 Thesis No minor required
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  Online Availability
This program is offered completely online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International applicants will not be eligible to receive a Form I-20 or DS-2019 for an F-1 or J-1 visa from Texas State and may review the eligibility requirements of enrolling in online programs and contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with questions.

Due to higher than average job growth in the field, graduates of the public health education and promotion program are in demand for employment in various governmental, nonprofit, healthcare and community health organizations.

Program Mission

The mission of the Department of Health and Human Performance is to create and disseminate knowledge promoting evidence-based practice in health promotion, exercise science, and recreation professions. The department works to directly promote improved human performance and quality of life through evidence-based educational, recreational, and therapeutic interventions and programs.

The vision is for the department to be a national leader in promoting human performance and health-related quality of life for all. The department strives to build on the long-standing reputation for preparing excellent athletic trainers, public health professionals, physical education teachers, and recreation leaders.

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Program Faculty

Public health education and promotion faculty are national leaders in the fields of community and public health. They conduct research on various topics such as substance abuse prevention, childhood obesity, sexuality education, and adolescent health. Their research has been externally funded and featured in leading scientific journals including the American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of School Health, and Journal of Community Health.

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Career Options

Graduates with a master’s degree in public health education and promotion are trained to work in academic, clinical, community, corporate, nonprofit, and government settings. Graduates perform a variety of leadership roles, including individual and community health education, research, grant writing, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Other graduates enroll in Ph.D. programs following completion of the master’s program.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (500 words, double-spaced, computer-generated) addressing the following:
    • why public health education and promotion is an interest area for you
    • how you will use a graduate degree in Public Health education and Promotion to reach your career goals
  • three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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