Master of Education (M.Ed), Major in Health Education

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/hed.html.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a master of education (M.Ed.) in health education may select a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 36 hours of course work (21 in the major, nine in the minor, and six hours of thesis work). The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of course work (21 in the major and 15 in the minor).

As background prerequisites, a health education major is expected to have a minimum of 18 semester hours of health education course work on the bachelor’s degree or complete graduate leveling courses.

Thesis Option

Health Education Course Work
H ED 5310History and Philosophy of Health Education3
H ED 5315Application of Quantitative Data Analysis in Health and Wellness Promotion (Research II)3
H ED 5312Reading, Writing, and Understanding Research in Health and Wellness Promotion3
H ED 5321Theoretical Foundations of Health Education3
H ED 5346Literature and Research in Health and Wellness Promotion (Research I)3
Health Education Elective Course Work
Choose 6 hours from the following:6
Ethical Principles in Health Education
Topics in Health Education
Seminar in Current Problems in Health Education
Health Education Leadership
Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Independent Study in Health Education Problems
Internship in Health Education
Thesis Course Work
Choose a minimum 6 hours6
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Minor Course Work
Choose a 9-hour minor (Needs advisor approval)9
Total Hours36

Non-thesis Option

Health Education Course Work
H ED 5310History and Philosophy of Health Education3
H ED 5315Application of Quantitative Data Analysis in Health and Wellness Promotion (Research II)3
H ED 5312Reading, Writing, and Understanding Research in Health and Wellness Promotion3
H ED 5321Theoretical Foundations of Health Education3
H ED 5346Literature and Research in Health and Wellness Promotion (Research I)3
Health Education Elective Course Work
Choose 6 hours from the following:6
Ethical Principles in Health Education
Topics in Health Education
Seminar in Current Problems in Health Education
Health Education Leadership
Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Independent Study in Health Education Problems
Internship in Health Education
Minor Course Work
Choose a 15-hour minor (Needs advisor approval)15
Total Hours36

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. The thesis handbook may be accessed at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/docs/Thesis_Diss_Guide.pdf.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Thesis Proposal form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. The required thesis proposal form may be obtained from The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/gcforms.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, graduate advisor’s signature (if required by the program), and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the thesis proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. Enrollment for the thesis will be in course number 5399A for a student’s initial thesis enrollment and a thesis B course for each subsequent thesis enrollment in the field in which the subject matter of the thesis falls, e.g., PS 5399A and PS 5399B. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis is filed in the Alkek Library and the librarian has electronically returned the thesis card to the office of The Graduate College.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during summer the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of The Graduate College no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the on-line Vireo submission system (Vireo On-line Submission Option).

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, the process is as follows:

  1. For the Vireo On-line Submission Option:
    1. No copies are required to be submitted to the Alkek Library. However, Alkek will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Master's level courses in Health and Human Performance: H ED

Courses Offered

Health Education (H ED)

H ED 5101. Graduate Assistant Development.

This course is required of all graduate teaching and instructional assistants in HPER. This course provides regular in-service and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. Graduate assistants will be required to register for this course in the spring semester of their employment. This course does not earn graduate credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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H ED 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5201. Graduate Assistant Development.

This course is required of all graduate teaching and instructional assistants in HPER. This course provides regular in-service and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. Graduate assistants will be required to register for this course in the fall semester of their employment. This course does not earn graduate credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
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H ED 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5310. History and Philosophy of Health Education.

Intensive study of historical and philosophical contributions to health promotion program development. Current political issues, public health issues, and influential cultural changes are examined.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5312. Reading, Writing, and Understanding Research in Health and Wellness Promotion.

This course provides practical experience in technical and professional writing skills. In addition, techniques to read and understand research in health and wellness promotion will be presented. Understanding application of research in school, community, and public health programs will be emphasized.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5315. Application of Quantitative Data Analysis in Health and Wellness Promotion (Research II).

This course focuses on the study of introductory and intermediate statistics and procedures. Emphasis will be placed on the application level of statistics rather than the theoretical and will highlight a) how to apply statistical models, b) how to perform the analyses with social science software, and c) how to interpret findings.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5320. Foundation of Public Health.

In-depth study of past and current public health programs. Department of Health Services personnel will be utilized as guest consultants to familiarize students with various existing health programs for Texas residents.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5321. Theoretical Foundations of Health Education.

This course focuses on the presentation and critical analysis of the role of theory in health education, the description of different theories being utilized in health education research and interventions, and the application of these theories to interventions and research.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5325. Ethical Principles in Health Education.

This course provides an in-depth analysis of ethical standards, principles, and behaviors related to the field of health education. Students will explore how to apply, monitor, and model ethical standards in the profession.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5330. Topics in Health Education.

Topics: 5330A Advanced teaching strategies. 5330B Curriculum development. 5330C Other topics as needed. May be repeated once with a different emphasis for additional credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5331. Seminar in Current Problems in Health Education.

Current national and international trends and problems in health that affect the school age group. May be repeated once with different emphasis for additional credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5335. Health Education Leadership.

Structured experiences for developing administrative leadership for health education programs. Included are leadership philosophy, staffing, programming, budgeting, public relations, facilities, and evaluations.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5340. Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation.

Course addresses application of professional competencies in health education and promotion programs. Topics include needs assessment, data gathering techniques, instrument design, data and statistics, interpreting, reporting, and application of findings for program development. Cultural competency and communication will also be covered.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5345. Issues in Human Sexuality Education.

This course provides for in depth study of sexuality education as a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming healthy attitudes, beliefs, and values regarding sexuality. Students will analyze information and educational resources for implementing and advocating for sexuality instruction through health courses, sexuality education courses, and programs.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5346. Literature and Research in Health and Wellness Promotion (Research I).

This course focuses on research models commonly used in health and wellness promotion. Students will learn how to design research studies using accepted research methods in the social sciences. In addition, students will write the introduction, literature review, and methods sections common in health and wellness promotion research.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5347. Independent Study in Health Education Problems.

Allows for independent study of one or more problems in health education that hold special interest or offer opportunity for professional improvement and growth. Open on an individual basis by special arrangement with the Division Coordinator. Course graded on a credit (CR) no credit (F) basis. Repeatable once with a different emphasis. Prerequisite: H ED 5346.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5360. Internship in Health Education.

As an essential element in the preparation of health education specialists, this 240-hour internship provides students with professionally related experience. Students may work with diverse target audiences in health education settings. Internship is approved and supervised by health education graduate coordinator. Course graded on a credit (CR) no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 20 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5374. Interprofessional Service Learning in Global Health.

This advanced course focuses on principles of international health and wellness promotion with global populations. Emphasis is placed on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention strategies. Students explore roles of health educators collaborating with providers of health services to diverse populations. The course may be repeated for credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in H ED 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis. Prerequisite: H ED 5346.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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H ED 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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