MPH in Health Education Program

Learn about our Master's of Public Health (MPH-HE) in Health Education Program

Public Health Education Program Receives National Awards

In April, 2022, undergraduate student Shannon Lewinski (Public Health-Community Health Education) received the National Health Education Honorary Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG),  ESG NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing) Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year.  Kristin Pachy, (Public Health- Community Health Education) was the 2021 awardee.

THE EMU Beta Delta Chapter of ESG also received a Chapter Recognition Award  (April, 2021). For more information about the EMU Beta Delta chapter see the Eta Sigma Gamma box below.

About this Program

Are you passionate about creating healthier communities? Are you driven to educate people about the issues that affect their health and how they can change? Public health education specialists are on the front line of public health, advocating for healthier individuals, families and communities!

Public health education specialists are skilled in promoting health behaviors and policies that prevent disease and injury and enhance community health and quality of life. The public health education program at EMU can help you gain the skills to design and deliver evidence-based health education programs to improve health. The public health education program prepares culturally competent health education professionals to partner with individuals and communities to prevent disease and injury and promote health.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of health educators is expected to grow by 16% by 2026 as more groups look for ways to promote healthy lifestyles for individuals, families and communities.

Our Programs

Why Study at Eastern?

As a student in the public health education program, you'll experience smaller class sizes, student-centered professors and peers excited about learning the skills of a public health education specialist.

Ganem Marouf, an undergraduate in the major, sums it up this way: “I’m enjoying my classes. The staff is so approachable and I’m forming connections. I chose community health education because I want to promote better health. Our health system is so focused on treating disease, but not prevention. Public health is where it’s at.”

The public health education program collaborates with EMU’s Office of Health Promotion to provide you with real-world opportunities to plan, implement and evaluate public health education programs both on campus and within the local community. EMU’s public health education programs and courses are competency-based. After successfully completing the undergraduate community health education track or the public health education master’s program, you will be eligible to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam.

At a Glance

  • Four programs available
  • Real-world opportunities


  • Major
  • Minor
  • Master's degree
  • Graduate certificate


Contact Us

Megan Sterling Ph.D., undergraduate program coordinator
318 Porter Building
734.487.2829 |[email protected]

Joan Cowdery, Ph.D., graduate program coordinator
318 Porter Building
734.487.2811 | [email protected]

Explore this Program


Find out about the mission and vision of the Office of Health Promotion.


Get information on the advisor for your program and how to contact them.

Eta Sigma Gamma

Learn more about the EMU Beta Delta Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary.

New Public Health Graduate Program

Find out more about this exciting new program in public health education.