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Online Colleges for Health Education

In today's world, we can cure diseases our ancestors once thought were incurable… but such miracle treatments are anything but cheap. One way people are dealing with increasing premiums and cutting costs is through health education. As the old saying goes, “A penny of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Working closely with individuals and health care companies alike, health educators are dedicated to raising awareness about disease and illness prevention while encouraging a healthy lifestyle. If you become well educated about health education, you’ll be able to save family, friends and clients — not to mention yourself — plenty of pain and money by promoting healthy living habits across the board.

Best Online Colleges for Health Education

We've created a list of the top ranking online Health Education programs using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the National Center for Education Statistics, analyzed with our unique methodology. (You can read more about our ranking methodology at the bottom of this page.) The five fully accredited schools below offer various concentrations and degree options for those interested in pursuing a career in Health Education.

1

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$3,830
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
14
Accredited
School Type
4-year

BYU-Idaho is an institution of higher learning for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that offers a Bachelor of Science in public health: health education and promotion. This degree is designed for those interested in a public health career focused on educating a population in order to protect their health. The benefits to pursuing this degree are numerous: BYU-Idaho scored second place for graduation and admissions out of the eleven schools we analyzed, as well as No.4 for tuition and percentage of health education degrees awarded in 2015. The school's program even prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered through the National Committee on Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). With such all-around high marks in our metrics, it seems clear that Brigham Young University-Idaho is an accessible option for those seeking an online health education degree.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Location:

525 S Center Rexburg,
Idaho 83460-1690
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2

Mississippi University for Women

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,681
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
8
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Mississippi University for Women, also called the W, ranks second among our featured online colleges for health education. Although historically a women's college, over 30 years ago the W opened its doors to men, and today it offers an online Bachelor of Science in public health education program to applicants of all genders. The program will accept up to 62 hours of community college credit hours towards the online health education degree, making it a good choice for transfer students, including those with an AA or AS degree. There is also the option of a 2+2 program, a style of program that involves completing two years of study at a community college, followed by two years of online study at the W.

Out of all 11 colleges reviewed in our study, none awarded a higher percentage of health education degrees in 2015 than the Mississippi University for Women. The W achieved a rather high No.5 rank for graduation rate as well, further enhancing its good standing on our list.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

1100 College Street Columbus,
Mississippi 39701
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3

Western Oklahoma State College

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$1,977
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
7
Accredited
School Type
2-year

Western Oklahoma State College is the oldest two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma. Its Associate of Science degree program in health, physical education and recreation is designed to offer high-quality courses that fulfill the lower-level requirements at most senior colleges. The school has much to recommend it: it is the most affordable on our list of online colleges for health education, and it also boasts an open admissions policy, meaning any applicant who applies to the school can be accepted so long as they have already earned a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

Location:

2801 N Main St. Altus,
Oklahoma 73521-1397
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4

Appalachian State University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$3,961
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
17
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Appalachian State University has the highest graduation rate of all our featured online colleges for health education, and offers a Bachelor of Science in health promotion. This degree prepares students to be health promotion leaders, helping people to stop smoking, lose weight, eat better, stop abusing drugs and manage stress. Applicants to the program must have a minimum of 30 semester hours of transferable lower-division coursework, and are encouraged to complete either an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree before entry.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

287 Rivers St. Boone
North Carolina 28608
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5

Eastern Oregon University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,323
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
17
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Eastern Oregon University was founded in 1929 as a college for women studying to be teachers and is now coeducational. It offers a bachelor's degree program in physical activity and health, and participants in the program can choose between three different concentrations: physical education and sport; exercise science; and community health.

  • The physical education and sport concentration focuses on science-based approaches and practical applications of movement analysis and techniques for teaching motor development.
  • The exercise science concentration is highly applicable in the field of health sciences and will prepare students to go on to graduate programs for health professions, including physical therapy, dietetics and physician assistant.
  • The community health concentration prepares students to design and implement health promotion programs, addressing physical and mental environmental health concerns of communities.

This variety in concentrations allows students to tailor their education to suit their interests and career goals. Between the number of concentrations and the reassuringly high admissions rate -- the second-highest of the schools we analyzed that did not have an open admissions policy -- Eastern Oregon is certainly an option worth keeping in your thoughts.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and its predecessor agencies

Location:

One University Blvd La Grande,
Oregon 97850
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Sources and Methodologies

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Sources

  1. BYU Idaho FAQ page, accessed 2017, http://www.byui.edu/online/future-student-faq
  2. *Mississippi University "About the W" page, accessed 2017, http://www.muw.edu/about-muw
  3. *Western Oklahoma State College, Accreditation Information, accessed 2017 https://www.wosc.edu/index.php?page=accreditation
  4. *Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, accessed 2017, https://sacscoc.appstate.edu/
  5. *Eastern Oregon University Accreditation, accessed 2017, https://www.eou.edu/accredit/
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Sources and Methodologies