Master of Public Health in the Field of Health Promotion

Program Director B. Bingenheimer

Mission Statement

The mission of the master of public health degree in health promotion degree program is to train students to enhance and protect the health of the public.The program is designed to assist individuals to become responsible and productive public health professionals who are capable of assessing, implementing, managing, and evaluating health promotion and health education programs for the public and for at-risk populations. The required courses as well as the suggested electives are intended to train students in social and behavioral approaches and applications for improving public health using interventions at the individual, group, organizational, and societal level. 


The goals of this educational program are to provide and improve:

  • Knowledge of and ability to use social and behavioral theory and behavior change models and strategies that have been shown to be successful in improving health behaviors and practices for a variety of populations.
  • Knowledge and skills to assess needs for health interventions for the general public as well as at-risk populations.
  • Ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate, and communicate programs and research targeted toward health promotion and/or disease prevention for the public.
  • Ability to advocate for improvements in social practices, policy, and law that provide supportive environments for the improvement of public health.
  • Use of structures and resources of organizations and governments to create healthy environments that promote health.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 6 credits in departmental core courses, 8 credits in program-specific courses, 14 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6530Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
14 credits from the following suggested list or other graduate-level PUBH courses:
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6514Preventing Health Disparities
PUBH 6516Community Health Information Resources
PUBH 6531Health Promotion in Health Care Settings
PUBH 6532Community Organization, Development, and Advocacy
PUBH 6535Promotion of Mental Health
PUBH 6536Workplace Health Promotion
PUBH 6537Health Promotion and Aging
PUBH 6556Maternal and Child Nutrition
PUBH 6560School Health and Safety
PUBH 6562Physical Activity and Obesity Interventions: From the Individual to the Environment
PUBH 6573Media Advocacy for Public Health
PUBH 6599Topics in Prevention and Community Health
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6022.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE):  Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B average) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any previous graduate degree may be transferred to the master of public health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A grade of B or above is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.