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University of Kentucky
100 Seaton Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0219
859 (UKY) 257-5826
Fax: 859 (UKY) 323-1090

Master's Degree with Specialization in Health Promotion

Welcome to the KHP Department’s Health Promotion Graduate Program homepage. We believe that health promotion is a process that enables individuals, groups, and communities to become empowered to take control of their health. This process involves health education as well as the many ecological supports of health.

The M.S. degree with a specialization in Health Promotion familiarizes students with the underpinnings of health promotion. Courses place an emphasis on prevention and areas such as worksite health promotion, college health promotion, and applied current research. Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings such as worksites, schools, health departments, health/wellness related businesses, and colleges and universities. The program is designed to enable students to demonstrate the areas of responsibility and competencies based on A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists – 2010, making them eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.  For those students interested in school health education, students who have a Rank II can pursue Rank I advanced teacher certification.

Our Health Promotion specialization offers students the choice between the Thesis Option (24 hours of course work, 6 hours thesis) and Course Work Option (30 hours of approved course work). Students in our M.S. program complete a core of 15-18 hours of required health promotion and research related courses within the KHP Department and College. Students complete an additional 6-15 hours of elective course work (depending upon thesis option or course work option) that may be selected from within the KHP Department; other departments in the College of Education; College of Medicine; College of Health Sciences; College of Public Health; College of Nursing; College of Social Work; College of Communications and Information Studies; plus many more.

The University of Kentucky has several specialized research centers on campus providing students the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in many other disciplines. Some examples of these Centers include: the Sanders-Brown Center for Aging Research, the Center for Tobacco and Health Research, Center of Drug and Alcohol Research, Prevention Research Center, the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, and the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy. Students also have the opportunity to engage in research with health promotion faculty. In addition, the health promotion program has close ties to the University of Kentucky’s Health and Wellness Program for faculty and staff, University Health Services which provides program opportunities for UK students, and Campus Recreation, offering unique employment and internship opportunities.

We believe that health promotion is a dynamic and growing field with untold opportunities for personal and professional growth and employment. Come join us for the opportunity to become part of a team that seeks to enable and empower individuals and communities to gain control of their health.