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Graduate Bulletin

School Health Education, Ed.M.

Concentration: Counseling


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall:  February 15                        [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: October 15                               [August 1 for international applicants]

Applications are evaluated as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: At least two from college/university faculty members who are familiar with the applicant's work and academic abilities. One may be from a professional or supervisor in the field who can evaluate the applicant's work-related competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

There are no specific courses an applicant must complete prior to being considered for admission. Applicants should bear in mind that some undergraduate courses may be required as leveling courses in addition to their graduate requirements.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Yes. Public Health, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Allied Health, Education, and Urban Studies are all considered related disciplines.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: a) your reason for wanting to enter the Temple University School Health Master's Program; b) your future career goals; c) your background as it relates to your future goals; d) your academic and/or research achievements; e) your community involvement.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE or MAT is required. While the program takes a portfolio approach to admissions, GRE or MAT scores above the 50th percentile are desired.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 620 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the School Health Curriculum. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple and approved by the Program Coordinator. In order to be accepted, a grade of "B" or better must have been received in the course. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 33

Required Courses:

ED 500, PH 520, PH 534; Ed 525; Ed Psych 541

Students must complete 9 s.h. of Cognate Courses: PH 324, CN Psych 525, CN Psych 565, and 9 s.h. of approved electives.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to allow the student to demonstrate a breadth and depth of health knowledge and behavior, as well as counseling techniques and concepts.

Comprehensive Exam Subject - General subjects covered by the examination include research design, health behavior, counseling theories and techniques, and child development.

Comprehensive Exam Complete - Students take the examination after completing their coursework.

Comprehensive Exam Write - The graduate faculty in Public Health write the questions.

Comprehensive Exam Grade - Each examination is evaluated by two graduate faculty members, each voting to pass or fail the student. If the members are not in agreement, a third faculty member reads and evaluates the examination to determine the outcome. If necessary, students may be asked to provide verbal explanations of their examination answers in a subsequent meeting with the faculty members that evaluated their examination.

Comprehensive Exam Pass - The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated. The evaluators look for: a) an understanding of core concepts; b) the application of the student's knowledge to specific situations; and c) an ability to write clearly and in a manner consistent with the expectations of the discipline. Students must successfully pass the written exam in order to have satisfactorily completed the requirement.

Comprehensive Exam Schedule - The comprehensive examination is given at the end of each semester. Students arrange with the program coordinator to schedule and complete the examination. The student is asked to type his or her responses to the questions and the exam is proctored by a faculty member.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Public Health
Box 062-56

304 Vivacqua Hall
1600 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Joyce Hankins


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Nikki Franke



Dr. Alice Hausman


About the Program

The 33-s.h. Master's Program in School Health Education is designed for school personnel (i.e., teachers, counselors, nurses). The focus of the degree is on health education curriculum, instruction, and/or school counseling, but also incorporates principles of community health program planning and evaluation.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Public Health
Box 062-56

304 Vivacqua Hall
1600 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty members specialize and offer substantial coursework in both curriculum and learning as well as in individual and group counseling.

Job Placement:

The program is committed to producing well-trained professionals to work with youth in both school and community settings.


Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions with a variety of faculty, and is geared towards students' professional interests.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students are allowed to take up to 6 s.h. of approved coursework before matriculation. Those courses approved by the Program Coordinator may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants teach undergraduate courses in Public Health depending on their areas of expertise and knowledge. The typical teaching load is two courses each semester. Teaching Assistants are sometimes assigned to assist faculty with large classes. Research Assistantships are sometimes available when faculty have externally-funded research grants. The typical service requirement is 20 hours per week and assignments vary depending on the needs of the grant. Assistantships are also available through other divisions of the University (i.e. Rec Services,Student Housing, other campuses). All assistantships carry an annual stipend and full tuition remission (up to 9 s.h. per semester). Applications for Teaching/Research Assistantships are available from the department office. Applications for student services are available from the Office of the Dean of Students. Assistantship applications should be submited by March 15th. Applications should include: 1) a statement of previous teaching and/or research experience and areas of interest; 2) a transcript; 3) a goals statement; and 4) a curriculum vitae. Applications should be directed to Temple University, Department of Public Health, 304 Vivacqua Hall, 1600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.