Public Health, MPH (Health Promotion)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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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.

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

Brandon Grimm, Ph.D., MPH
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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Taken the GRE

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    A one-page personal statement

  4. Official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.

  5. Foreign Transcripts: Official transcripts or mark sheets of college level work not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale must be sent to a credential evaluation service for translation. Transcripts must carry the signature of a responsible official in which the work was done and the seal of that institution, or must be certified true copies of the original records. If transcripts do not show the degree earned and the date on which it was conferred, official degree statements must also be provided

  6. A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services.

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

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
August 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

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 500 must be successfully completed in the first 21 hours of the program of study.

CPH 501Health Behavior3

Course Number: CPH 501

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 502Health Services Administration3

Course Number: CPH 502

This is a survey course designed to be an introduction to the management of health services organizations and systems in the United States. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the types of health services organizations and health systems in the United States, the context surrounding the administration of these organizations and delivery of health care services, and the skills needed to manage a health services organization within this setting.

CPH 503Public Health Environment & Society3

Course Number: CPH 503

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to environmental factors, including biological, physical, and chemical factors, which affect the health of a community. The main focus of the course will be the effects of exposures that have been associated with human health and environmental problems in the Midwest, specifically water and air pollutants related to animal feeding operations, arsenic in ground water, pesticides, herbicides, lead, and radiation. The effects of global warming, ergonomic problems in the meat packing industry, and occupational and environmental problems in health care will also be discussed.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 504

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 504 must be successfully completed in the first 18 hours of the program of study

CPH 505Applied Research in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 505

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 506Biostatistics3

Course Number: CPH 506

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. Required Prerequisites: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor. While successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course is not required for admission into the MPH program, students enrolling for CPH 506 must have successfully completed a statistics course within the past 5 years resulting in a grade of B or better or obtain permission of the instructor.

CPH 528Service Learning for MPH3

Course Number: CPH 528

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.

CPH 529Capstone Experience3

Course Number: CPH 529

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.

CPH 536Health Promotion Program Planning3

Course Number: CPH 536

An in-depth application of the health promotion program planning process utilizing a comprehensive model called PRECEDE-PROCEED. Students submit six papers applying each phase of this model: social diagnosis, epidemiological diagnosis, behavioral/ environmental diagnosis, educational/organizational diagnosis, administrative/policy diagnosis, and evaluation at the process, impact and outcome levels.

CPH 538Public Health Program Evaluation3

Course Number: CPH 538

This course is designed to provide an overview of methods for evaluating public health programs. Students will learn methods for choosing appropriate evaluation designs and procedures for data collection, choosing, and developing survey items, and interpreting and describing evaluation results.

CPH 563Strategic Planning and Management Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 563

This course examines the theory and practice of strategic planning and management in public health, health services, and voluntary health and welfare organizations. Application of specific principles, concepts, and techniques of strategic planning and management for these organizations will be addressed. The roles and responsibilities of public health and health services administrators in developing, implementing, monitoring and revising strategy will also be examined.

CPH 565Health Care Finance3

Course Number: CPH 565

This course is the required health care financial management course for the Health Care concentration in the MPA program and a required course in the MPH curriculum. Students are not expected to have prior coursework in financial management, managerial and financial accounting. The course does, however, assume the students have some experience with spreadsheet models. This course, which focuses on the application of financial management principles and concepts to health care organizations, consists of (1) instructor lectures, (2) case analyses, (3) presentations, and (4) two examinations. Much of the learning in this course will come from your own individual work and from interacting with other students, so the benefits that you receive will be directly related to your individual efforts. Prerequisite: Research methods, epidemiology, or biostatistics or instructor permission.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75
Note: In addition to the fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled. 

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