Public Health, MPH (Health Promotion)
Master of Public Health Degree with a Concentration in Health Promotion
Admissions and Requirements
Courses You’ll Take
Tuition & Fees
The online Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion is designed to prepare graduates for work in public health and those looking to broaden their training in health promotion and related fields.
The Master in Public Health cultivates leaders who are creative, critical thinkers, with the knowledge and skills to address evolving public health challenges. This online master's degree program focuses on being practice-centered, evidence-based, equity-focused, diverse and collaborative.
The Health Promotion concentration prepares students for implementing effective interventions directly with clients, determining a community's health needs, promoting healthy lifestyles and carrying out health surveys.
The online Health Promotion concentration focuses on four main areas:
- Program and Intervention Planning. Students develop skills to conduct health-related needs assessments in a variety of communities, apply community health and organizational theories, models, principles and best practices in planning programs and intervention and identify, incorporate and analyze contexts and key factors relevant to the implementation of programs or interventions.
- Evaluation of Programs and Interventions. Students learn to identify and evaluate health-related data and instruments, utilize appropriate qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods and apply evaluation findings to programs and policies.
- Community Engagement. Students develop skills needed to coordinate and facilitate community groups, coalitions and partnerships.
- Management and Leadership. Students are able to demonstrate abilities in the administration and management of community health programs and demonstrate the skills to advance a systems approach to community health through professional leadership and practice.
Career Outlook: Public health practice is increasingly regarded as important to citizen well-being as a means to better health and potential reduction in costs for critical care. Careers in Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health can focus on any aspect of health promotion and disease prevention, from behavioral research to program planning and implementation. Some jobs may focus on health education with individuals while others focus on community and population-level changes, which involve activities such as social marketing and developing healthier policies. Whatever the topic or level of focus, professionals in this part of public health strive to understand the things which impact health and behavior, and then design and implement effective interventions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a 16% job growth for health educators and community health workers from 2016 to 2026.
Potential career paths for graduates of this online program include:
- Community health educator
- Disease intervention specialist
- Health and wellness coordinator
- Maternal and child health specialist
- Health promotion program planner
- Program evaluator
- Project coordinator
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A Bachelor's degree
Taken the TOEFL
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
The personal statement should be single-spaced, one page in length and describe the applicant’s: interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health, career objectives and a self-assessment of personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health graduate program.
3 letters of recommendation
Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to academic, practice and/or research abilities. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers. Recent graduates (last 1-3) years should include faculty references among their 3 references. Employer and supervisor letters or recommendation are appropriate for those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or for those who are a member of the armed services.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
International Transcripts. All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.
Resume that includes employment history, professional experience/skills and volunteer/service experience.
Note: The GRE requirement for the MPH program Fall 2021 application has been waived. However, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are strongly encourage to submit GRE test scores if available.
To apply to this program:
- Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply
- Submit application fee
Courses You’ll Take
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|CPH 501||Health Behavior||3|
The purpose of this course is to study the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the determinants of health behavior, the models and theories that provide a framework for predicting health behavior, and the strategies employed to bring about behavioral changes for health and disease prevention in individuals and groups.
|CPH 505||Applied Research in Public Health||3|
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to research methods in public health. Students will learn about the steps of scientific research. The course will cover topics including formulation of a research problem; sampling and research design; dissemination of research findings; and grant proposals. These topics will be discussed in detail in the context of critically reviewing several peer-reviewed scientific articles. Research ethics is large component of the course. Students will complete CITI Trainings as well as learn about institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and applications.
|CPH 514||Planning and Evaluation||3|
Description to come
|CPH 500||Foundations of Public Health||3|
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.
|CPH 504||Epidemiology in Public Health||3|
The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.
|CPH 534||Interventions in Health Promotion||3|
This course will provide health promotion students with an opportunity to investigate, contrast, develop, implement, and evaluate a variety of intervention activities, to be applied in different settings. Theories regarding methods to enhance behavior change and teaching strategies to meet the health needs of a diverse population will be explored.
|CPH 539||Public Health Leadership and Advocacy||3|
This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices, which are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Politics of communities and organizations is also included. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy makers will adopt, implement, and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs. Prerequisite: 15 graduate credits or instructor permission.
|CPH 545||Health Disparities and Health Equity||3|
The course provides a critical understanding of health disparities in the U.S. and examines the underlying social, cultural, biological, behavioral, economic and political factors that contribute to such disparities in society.
|CPH 529||MPH Capstone Experience||3|
A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. Prerequisite: CPH 505 Applied Research in Public Health, CPH 517 Design of Medical Health Studies. Students must complete all core and concentration area courses, be within 12 hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of service learning/capstone experience), and be in good academic standing to start the Service-Learning/Capstone Experience (SL/CE).
|CPH 528||Applied Practice Experience for MPH Students||3|
The purpose of this course is to provide all students with an applied, scholarly and mutually beneficial experience in a public health practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply at least five foundational public health competencies. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. All partner organizations must be approved by the Office of Public Health Practice. Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. University health promotion or wellness centers may also be appropriate.
Tuition & Fees
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
- Fall SemesterJun 01
- Spring SemesterOct 01