Public Health, MPH (Health Promotion)

Master of Public Health Degree with a Concentration in Health Promotion

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 42
  • $597.00
  • $597.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Promotion program 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’s 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 and 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. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Community Health Workers is projected to grow 21% in the U.S. by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Potential careers include:

  • Community health educator
  • Disease intervention specialist
  • Health and wellness coordinator
  • Maternal and child health specialist
  • Health promotion program planner
  • Program evaluator
  • Project coordinator

Concentrations: Students have the option to declare a concentration when applying for admission to the Master of Public Health program, or when establishing a plan of study. The concentration is reported on the student’s transcript.

Areas of concentration in the Master of Public Health program:

  • Maternal and Child Health (42)
  • Health Services Administration & Policy (42)
  • Health Promotion (42)
  • Epidemiology (42)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (42)
  • Emergency Preparedness (42)
  • Biostatistics (42)

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. International Transcripts. All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.

  7. Resume or CV that includes employment history, professional experience/skills and volunteer/service experience.

  8. 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.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 501Health Behavior3
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 505Applied Research in Public Health3
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 a large component of the course. Students will complete CITI Trainings as well as learn about institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and applications.
CPH 514Planning and Evaluation3
This course is designed to prepare graduate students, professional students or fellows to apply multi-level evidence-based policy and program approaches to improve public health. The course will guide students through planning and evaluating the impact of public health strategies based on the reach, effectiveness, scalability, implementation quality, and sustainability of these approaches in complicated and complex systems.
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3
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 504Epidemiology in Public Health3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of surveys 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 534Interventions in Health Promotion3
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 539Public Health: Leadership & Advocacy3
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.
CPH 545Introduction to Health Disparities and Health Equity3
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 529Capstone Experience3
The purpose of this course is to complete the capstone project. The capstone addresses a topic of public health significance and is evidence that the student can integrate skills and competencies from across the curriculum to conduct public health research and/or practice. Prior to registering for the course, students must identify a Capstone Chair from their department and form a committee to select foundational and concentration competencies to design a capstone experience appropriate to their educational and professional goals. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 36 credit hours that includes all required MPH core and concentration courses; formed capstone committee; proposal approved by capstone committee.
CPH 528Applied Practice Experience 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 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.
CPH 506Biostatistics I 3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Brandon Grimm, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor

Brandon Grimm has been instrumental in building numerous trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners throughout the state, region and nationally. His professional interests include workforce and leadership development as well as the measurement and evaluation of competency-based education and training. Grimm was the co-creator of the first-ever public health leadership development program in the region and also led the effort in securing funding to establish a Health Resources and Services Administration Public Health Training Center at the College of Public Health. Dr. Grimm’s relationships and strategic thinking have led him to be recognized as a local, regional and national resource.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01
Council on Education for Public Health