Health Behavior and Health Education

Master of Education
Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL) 718, phone (512) 471-1273, fax (512) 471-8914; campus mail code: D3700

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, 2109 San Jacinto Boulevard Stop D3700, Austin TX 78712

E-mail: khegradinfo@austin.utexas.edu

URL: https://education.utexas.edu/departments/kinesiology-health-education

Facilities for Graduate Work

Excellent teaching and research laboratories are available to graduate students in health behavior and health education. Special classrooms and computer facilities are available, as well as teaching laboratories for human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, rehabilitation and movement science, motor control and learning, physical development and aging, children's movement, and athletic training. Research laboratories are available for both basic and applied research with whole-body and subcellular investigations. Also available for field research are various schools, institutions, and agencies in Austin and surrounding communities.

Areas of Study

The programs leading to the Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education or the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in health behavior and health education emphasize a developmental and research-based approach to health promotion across the life span. Students in the Master of Education with a major in health behavior and health education program specialize in either physical activity and health promotion or lifespan health promotion.

All the health behavior and health education degree programs provide students with a solid background in the social and behavioral foundations of health. Students have the opportunity to design a course of study suited to their interests and the research interests of the faculty. The program prepares students for academic, research, and applied careers in health promotion.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring 2019 semester.

Lawrence D Abraham
John Bartholomew
Sharon A Brown
Darla Marie Castelli
Edward F Coyle
Roger P Farrar
Lisa Griffin
John M Hoberman
Carole K Holahan
Hao-Yuan Hsiao
Thomas M Hunt
Jody L Jensen
Esbelle M Jowers
Harold Willis Kohl III
Sophie Lalande
Alexandra Loukas
Julie Maslowsky
Liesl Nydegger
Deborah Parra-Medina
Keryn Elizabeth Pasch
Miguel Pinedo
Mary A Steinhardt
Audrey J Stone
Laura J Suggs
Hirofumi Tanaka
Janice S Todd

Admissions Requirements

Students who lack the prerequisite coursework described below may be admitted to the Graduate School, but they must then complete coursework in the appropriate areas in addition to degree requirements.

Master’s degree programs. An applicant to the Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education degree program or Master of Education with a major in health behavior and health education degree program program with specialization in physical activity and health promotion or lifespan health promotion must have completed an undergraduate major in health education or a related discipline. The applicant must have completed at least three semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas: theory and methods of health education and/or health promotion, behavioral sciences, and statistics.

Doctoral degree program. An undergraduate major in health education or a related discipline is required; the student must have completed at least three semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas: behavioral sciences, research methods, and statistics. The applicant must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants to the PhD program must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.