Health Education – Graduate Certificate Program

Accelerate your career as a Health Educator

Union’s Graduate Certificate in Health Education is designed to help you better serve the community as a health educator. We are one of the few universities in the country that incorporate online learning with what’s trending in the field. Learn at your own pace while staying current on the latest developments in the health industry.

Skills & Benefits for our Certificate Graduates

  • Collaborate with students all over the U.S. who bring professional and personal experience from diverse health communities.
  • Access a virtual library of more than 50,000 electronic full-text periodicals via 150+ online licensed research databases.
  • Get help with career planning and resume writing and perfect your interview skills through Union’s Career Services Department.
  • All health education certificate courses are offered completely online.



Certificate Structure & Details

•  15 total credit hours
•  Completed within two 16-week terms. (3 year max.)
• January, May, and August start dates
• Transfer 12 earned credits to our Master of Arts program.


  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Letter of recommendation and a short essay
  • No GRE scores are required for admission

Certificate Curriculum

  • HEC 501 Foundations of Health Education: 3 credits

This course introduces the learner to concepts and models fundamental to Health Education and Health Promotion including: Healthy People 20/20, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) process, historical/ theoretical/ philosophical foundations, roles, responsibilities, worksite settings, policy and programming challenges. Students will examine the determinants of health, wellness, and illness across the lifespan as well as environmental, sociocultural factors, health misinformation and quackery, e-patient and informatics, consumer protection and economic factors that influence health care practices.

  • HEC 502 Health Behavior: Theory and Applied Methodology:  3 credits

This course studies the determinants influencing health behavior, health behavior theories and applied methodology. Future directions of the profession will be examined, exploration of policy and programming challenges and opportunities in strategic public health issues.

  • HEC 503 Health Promotion Program Planning and Development: 3 credits

Provides requisite skills to conduct a community needs assessment, plan effective health promotion programs, advocacy and how to set SMART goals for evaluation for programs in various community and worksite settings.

  • HEC 504 Implementation, Promotion and Evaluation of Health Programs: 3 credits

Provides requisite skills to design (including methods and materials), promote, present (including communication skills), and implement health promotion programs consistent with specified program goals and objectives. Includes information on instrument development, data collection, basic data analysis, program monitoring, impact of assessment, measurement of efficiency, and report writing.


  • HEC 505 Health Education Resource Development, Grant Writing, and Fundraising
  • HEC 506 Multi-Cultural Competence in Health Education and Promotion
  • HEC 507 Nutrition in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • HEC 508 Applied Epidemiology in Health Education
  • HEC 509 Readings in Health Education/Health Promotion: (1 cr.)


  • Tuition is $460 per credit hour.
  • 12 of those 15 credits may be transferred into the new Master of Arts online program.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential

Students who wish to prepare for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential exam have the option to complete up to 25 semester hours total in health education through Union. These hours are designed to meet the requirements needed to sit for the CHES exam. For more details on the CHES exam, please review the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).


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