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March 16, 2004
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Eastern Michigan University to offer master's in health education

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the implementation of a new Master's program, a master of science degree in health education.

The degree is designed to prepare middle and high school health educators, as well as those who work in various community health education roles. The program, which will help with a need for the state's school systems, is an addition to the current bachelor's offering in health education.

"A master's level health educator will have the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate health education programs that meet the needs of individuals and communities," said Jeffrey Schulz, associate professor of health education at EMU. "While health and health care in the country will continue to experience and behavior change are critical to our nation's ability to achieve an optimal level of health."

According to a 2002 Health Promotion Network report, the greatest health threats today are chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, AIDS, obesity, injuries and biological agents. The job of health educators involves a knowledge base and skill set aimed at improving and maintaining the health of individuals, families and communities. By focusing on prevention, health education reduces the financial and human costs that individuals, employers, medical facilities, insurance companies and the nation would spend on medical treatment.

The program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2004, with a projected enrollment of 15 students. By year three, it is estimated that 25 students will be enrolled and that the program will have both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students should be able to complete the program in two years, while part-time students should finish in three years.

Program admission requirements are: meet Graduate School admission requirements; have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution; submit three professional letters of reference; and successfully complete an interview with appropriate program faculty.

Applicants also must present evidence of academic preparedness for graduate-level study, that includes at least one of the following: a 2.75 overall undergraduate grade point average or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate degree program; or a combined score of 950 on the verbal and quantitative portions of Graduate Record Examinations.

Students not meeting either of the above criteria may apply for non-degree admission. If admitted under this category, the student must complete nine to 12 hours in the graduate program and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Three of these hours must come from the core courses for health education. The remaining six to nine hours may be elective approved by a health education adviser.

International students must meet at least one of the following additional criteria: a score of 213 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a rating of four on the Test of Written English (TWE) and a score of 230 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); or a score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB) and a rating of at least 3.0 on the "oral interview" portion of the MELAB.

The planning year cost of the program will be $8,500 and will be funded with the Academic Affairs budget.

For additional information about the program, contact the department of health, recreation, physical education and dance at 487-0090.


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