Health Education, MS

College of Education

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Health Education is available under both Plan I (with thesis) and Plan II (without thesis), in accordance with regulations in the preceding part of the College section of this catalog and other sections pertaining to graduate study. The specific concentrations include:

  • Community Health Education. This concentration is designed to prepare professional community health educators. Emphasis is on preparing individuals for careers in health education and in the application of behavioral science and public health principles to health problems and health promotion; for administrative and consultant positions in agencies and institutions at local, state, and national levels; and for positions in program planning and evaluation. The program of study for the community health concentration includes a core of courses. The support courses are selected to meet the career goals and needs of each individual student.

  • Health Education Endorsement for In-service licensed teachers. In-service licensed teachers seeking an HED endorsement are advised to enroll in the Community Health Education Master’s program, which will allow them to obtain a health endorsement from NMPED after completing 24 hours of HED coursework. Those who do not hold a secondary education teaching license (elementary licensed only) may take any methods course that has in the title, “Secondary Teaching Methods” to qualify for a Specialty Area Secondary Teaching License with NMPED. This license will allow them to teach in a high school setting.


Admission Requirements:

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: April 1 (priority); Aug. 1 (final)
Spring Admission: Nov. 1 (priority); Dec. 15 (final)
Summer Admission: Apr. 1 (priority); May 1 (final)

NOTE: Final deadline dates refer to the date apositive decision is made and the decision is sentelectronically to UNM Admissions. Therefore,the application packet must be complete and ready for review by the department 1-2 weeks prior to the deadline date.

General Eligibility Criteria

Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent in another country

  • In general applicants must present a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) or its equivalent in their last two undergraduate years and in their major field. GPA criteria may vary by program.
  • Must indicate all academic institutions they have previously attended on their applications. Failure to disclose any previous college attendance or any other misrepresentation of the record may result in disciplinary action, including revocation of admission to the University.
  • Ordinarily, the minimum undergraduate prerequisite is 12 semester hours of upper division course work (300-level courses or higher) in the major field to which the student is applying, or in cognate areas.

Application and Admissions Process

Contact or meet with a faculty member from the program in which you are applying, preferably a faculty member who represents your area of interest. Obtain an application packet from the program to which you are applying.

Submit an application packet to the UNM Admissions Office, which shall contain the following items:

  • A UNM application for admission.
  • Residency Form.
  • $50.00 check made out to UNM or a major credit card if applying online.
  • An original, official, sealed transcript from each college or university you have attended.

Required application materials may vary by program; please see program specific information, which you can link to from the departments and programs web page.


Contact Information:

Monica Lopez: Administrative Assistant II & Graduate Information

Johnson Center 1155
(505) 277-5151
mslopez@unm.edu