MPH in Health Education Program

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

Public Health Education Students Making a Difference

The PHE program at EMU prides itself on the engagement and accomplishments of our students.  Examples of how our students are making a difference:

  • MPH student Sara Crisenberry developed and is leading a project titled "CARE: Creating Awareness, Rescuing Lives: Educating the Homeless on Naloxone." The project aims to educate the homeless population on how to use Naloxone. Learn more about Sara's efforts here.
  • MPH student Amy Lewis secured funding from Pampers to provide changing tables for campus restrooms.
  • Undergraduate Public Health-Community Health Education students Shannon Lewinski (2022) and Kristin Pachy (2021) received the National Health Education Honorary Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG),  ESG NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing) Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year.
  • THE EMU Beta Delta Chapter of ESG received a Chapter Recognition Award  (April, 2021). 

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 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.

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.

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.

Public Health Graduate Program

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