Health Promotion Master's Specialization

A Master of Science degree in Health Promotion further prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. The University of West Florida offers three areas of specialization for those that wish to further pursue their education. The M.S. in Health Promotion allows the student to specialize in Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness or Psycho-Social. Electives are carefully chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor. A thesis or an internship is not required for the Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness and Psycho-Social Specializations, but a student may have the option of completing either one. Upon completing this degree, students will be prepared to sit for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) exam. It is recommended that students in this program have current CPR certification while they pursue this graduate degree.


Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

Department Contact

Dr. Debra Vinci
ESCH Associate Chair
Phone: (850) 474-2592
Office: Building 72, Room 259

Catalog Description
Additional Information for Graduate Health Promotion



University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission official test scores:
  GRE Verbal and Quantitative Scores or MAT 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Undergraduate Senior Year/Major GPA 
• Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals 
• Submission of three
• Work experience as reflected in a resume (only for graduate assistants)

Application Deadlines


Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.

Student Perspective

“Attending the University of West Florida as a graduate student in the Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science department has been a real turning point in my life and my career. Graduate students in the Community Health Education program are given the freedom to pursue their interests, to explore health education with as broad or narrow a focus as they want, and to establish collaborations that drive their pursuits forward. I certainly appreciate the high-quality training and experience each faculty member possesses, as well as the overwhelming amount of knowledge they have to offer. If you’re looking for a program of distinction that offers high-quality preparation for a career in health education and promotion, a family atmosphere, a department that is deeply rooted in the community, and has established many collaborations and connections in the surrounding area, UWF’s Community Health Education program is for you!” — Beheir Johnson, current student

Faculty Perspective

“One of the many benefits of the Master of Science Community Health Education degree is the Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness specialization. In order to effect change on our health as a nation, there is a trend toward improving the health of employees and their family members. Students learn and develop with evidence-based strategies and programming that address chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, nutrition, exercise, and healthy weight. A background in assessment and evaluation provide a comprehensive look at worksite health promotion.” — Dr. Patsy Barrington, Assistant Professor