The Department of Health Science offers a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree program in Health Education & Promotion. The program is offered both on campus and through a distance education format (online). The 42-credit-hour MPH program provides a high quality, student-oriented, and health-equity-focused curriculum developed to deliver core public health competencies that emphasize the application of health education and promotion. Designed for eventual Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation, the curriculum offers education in the foundational areas of public health (health behavior, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health services administration) and is tailored to train health promotion professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate programs to promote individual and population-based health. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take two national exams for professional certification: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam and the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.

An applicant to the program should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework, or a GPA of 3.0 in a master's degree program. Three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of purpose should be submitted. Additional graduate school requirements may apply. Please see the Admission Criteria section of this catalog. 

Health Education & Promotion, MPH

HHE 512Adv Foundations of Pub Hlth3
HHE 515Adv Foundation Health Promot3
HHE 520Theories of Health Behavior3
HHE 530Health Promotion Techniques3
HHE 565Planning Health Promotion Prog3
HHE 566Program Eval In Hlth Promot3
HHE 506Tech Research In Health3
HHE 521Basic Epidemiology3
HHE 526Biostatistics3
Environmental Health (Choose 1)3
Environmental Health Promotion
Rural Environ/Occupatnl Health
Health Disparities
Community/Participatory Approaches and Culture/Diversity (Choose 1)3
Health Disparities
Spec Projects In Healt Taken as Community Based Participatory Research or Addressing Health Equity through Health Promotion
Application and Practice (Choose 1)3
Non-Thesis Research
Independent Study
Approved Electives (Minimum of 6 credit hours)6
Health Counseling (Other courses, with MPH Program approval)
Sex Ed: Theory & Practice
Women and Health
Total Hours42

The M.P.H. program has only one additional required item for graduation: comprehensive examination or thesis.

Comprehensive Examination -- After the completion of the required/core courses indicated in the previous table, students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam which would assess their mastery of the public health and health education & promotion competencies. Students are eligible to take the exam if they have attained a grade of “B” or higher in each of the required/core courses. The University requires that students be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the term the exam is taken.

HHE 599 Thesis -- Students are not required to do a thesis; but they are exempt from taking the comprehensive exam if this option is taken. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s mastery of the public health and health education & promotion competencies. Students will be eligible to start a thesis if they have completed each required/core course and attained a grade of “B” or higher in each course. The University requires that students complete at least six credit hours of thesis research, which cannot be taken concurrently.