Master of Public Health in the Field of Health Promotion

Program Director C. Sparks, B. Bingenheimer

Faculty Advisors  M. Edberg, M. Long, K. Roche, O. Price

Practicum Director T. Henry

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 for the 45 credit program: 15 credits in core coursework; 6 departmental core credits; 8 credits of program-specific coursework; 12 elective credits; and 2 credits each in practicum and culminating experience. 

Program requirements 

PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
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
12 credits from the following suggested list:
PUBH 6514Preventing Health Disparities
PUBH 6532Community Organization, Development, and Advocacy
PUBH 6531Health Promotion in Health Care Settings
PUBH 6516Community Health Information Resources
PUBH 6535Promotion of Mental Health
PUBH 6536Workplace Health Promotion
PUBH 6537Health Promotion and Aging
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
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
And/or any other PUBH graduate courses.
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Minimum grade-point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average.
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a 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 (or grade-point average) of B (3.0) or above. SPH graduate certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements—up to 18 credits—to the MPH degree. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer.