Master of Science in School Health Education

The MS in School Health Education program prepares professionals to provide public health leadership on school campuses in their roles as teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses and administrators. Many professionals who enroll in this program work in a school setting or an environment that encourages children to choose healthy behaviors that support academic success and positive life outcomes.  

A teaching certificate is not a requirement of this program, making this an attractive degree for school nurses, counselors, dietitians and many others who want to work in a healthy school environment.

Flexible & Affordable

The MS in School Health Education program at WVU is ideal for working professionals who want to improve their credentials or expand their knowledge of public health.

This completely online degree offers flexible, asynchronous scheduling, which means students are not required to attend classes at a specific time. Students can enroll full-time or part-time, depending on their personal schedules, and are not required to matriculate through the program with a particular cohort. There is no required on-campus residency. Students complete and submit coursework by designated deadlines but can choose when they fit it in to their busy lives.

Going back to school for a graduate degree often sounds like a luxury, but the MS in School Health Education program at WVU is as affordable as it is valuable. The program is offered to U.S. students at an in-state tuition rate, making it budget friendly and accessible to students from across the country.

The School of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The School Health Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Program Overview

The program requires 30 hours of coursework in school health and advanced curriculum and instruction. Full-time students can complete our curriculum in as little as one year.  Part-time students can complete the program in as few as four semesters, depending on their schedule.

Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate educator.
  • Assess needs to determine priorities for school health education.
  • Plan effective comprehensive school health education curricula and programs.
  • Implement health education instruction.
  • Assess student learning.
  • Plan and coordinate a school health education program.
  • Serve as a resources person in health education.
  • Communicate and advocate for health and school health education.

Admissions Guidelines

To apply to the MS in School Health Education program, students must complete the WVU graduate application, pay the processing fee and submit all relevant information as outlined in the WVU Catalog.