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Graduate Bulletin

School Health Education, Ed.M.



Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  February 15

Spring: October 15

Applications are evaluated as they are received throughout the year.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: At least two recommendations should be obtained 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 attest to the applicant's work-related competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific courses are required of an applicant prior to being considered for admission, but applicants should note that some undergraduate courses may be required as leveling courses in addition to their graduate requirements.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in a related discipline, such as Public Health, Allied Health, Counseling Psychology, Education, Psychology, School Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Studies, is required.

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's program; b) your future career goals; c) your background as it relates to your future goals; d) your academic and/or research achievements; and e) your community involvement.

Standardized Test Scores:

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

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 105 iBT or 620 PBT.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the School Health Education Program. 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:

Core Courses (15 s.h.):

EDUC 5101:  Research Design in Education

EDUC 5325:  Introduction to Statistics and Research

EPSY 5541:  Concepts in Human Development

PBHL 5001:  Fundamentals of Public Health
PBHL 5102:  Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior

Cognate Courses (12 s.h.):

CPSY 5511:  Counseling in the Schools
CPSY 5526:  Multi-Cultural Counseling
CPSY 5572:  Interviewing Techniques

PBHL 3103:  Counseling Techniques in Public Health

Electives (6 s.h.):
Select two courses from the list of suggested electives provided by the Ed.M. Advisor.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The purpose of the comprehensive examination is for the student to demonstrate a breadth and depth of health knowledge and behavior, as well as counseling techniques and concepts. Students take the examination after completing their coursework. The general subjects covered by the examination include research design, health behavior, counseling theories and techniques, curriculum design, and child development. Graduate Faculty in Public Health write the questions for the comprehensive exam.

The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated. The evaluators look for an understanding of core concepts; application of the student's knowledge to specific situations; and writing that is clear 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.

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.

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 her/his responses to the questions. The exam is proctored by a faculty member.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Public Health

Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Joyce Hankins


Program Coordinator:

Nikki Franke, Ed.D.



Alice J. Hausman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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:


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 also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Public Health

Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

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


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



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.

Non-Matriculated 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 submitted by March 15 and should include a statement of previous teaching and/or research experience and areas of interest; a transcript; a goals statement; and a curriculum vitae. Applications should be directed to Temple University Department of Public Health, Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09), 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Updated 10.15.12