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
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.
|PUBH 6001||Biological Concepts in Public Health|
|PUBH 6002||Biostatistical Applications for Public Health|
|PUBH 6003||Principles and Practices of Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6004||Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World|
|PUBH 6006||Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health|
|PUBH 6007||Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health|
|PUBH 6500||Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs|
|PUBH 6501||Program Evaluation|
|PUBH 6503||Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing|
|PUBH 6530||Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion|
|PUBH 6504||Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods|
|12 credits from the following suggested list:|
|PUBH 6514||Preventing Health Disparities|
|PUBH 6532||Community Organization, Development, and Advocacy|
|PUBH 6531||Health Promotion in Health Care Settings|
|PUBH 6516||Community Health Information Resources|
|PUBH 6535||Promotion of Mental Health|
|PUBH 6536||Workplace Health Promotion|
|PUBH 6537||Health Promotion and Aging|
|PUBH 6249||Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis|
|PUBH 6556||Maternal and Child Nutrition|
|PUBH 6560||School Health and Safety|
|PUBH 6562||Physical Activity and Obesity Interventions: From the Individual to the Environment|
|PUBH 6573||Media Advocacy for Public Health|
|PUBH 6599||Topics in Prevention and Community Health|
|And/or any other PUBH graduate courses.|
|Practicum and culminating experience|
|PUBH 6015||Culminating Experience|
- Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
- Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
- Minimum grade-point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average.
- Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
- 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.