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. Applicants not meeting the aforementioned GPA requirements must submit graduate record examination (GRE) test scores. 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 Hours
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
HHE 586Environmental Health Promotion3
HHE 587Health Disparities3
*Applied Practice Experience3
HHE 585Public Health Practice
Approved Electives6
Health Counseling
Sex Ed: Theory & Practice
Women and Health
Life Span Development (Offered Online)
Culture, Mind, and Behavior
Social Cult Basis Behavr (Offered Online)
Personality & Social Dev
Statistical Methods In Educ (Offered Online )
Inqry As Interp: Qual I
Narrative Inquiry
Intro School Psychology
Health Policy & Planning
Stress Management (Offered Online)
Communication & Diversity
Gender & Political Comm
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
Conflict Resolution Workplace
Developing The Leader Within
Child Development
Adult Development
Advanced Nutrition Counseling
Maternal and Infant Nutrition
Childhood Obesity (Offered Online)
Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
Adv. Vitamins and Minerals
Social Welfare Policy
Human Behav Social Envir I
Chem Depend Knowledge Interven
Family Preservation
Other Elective Courses Available with Faculty Advisor Approval
Total Hours42

*Under the guidance of a department faculty advisor, students will work with a preceptor in a practice-based setting (e.g., community or volunteer organization, health department, etc.) and produce two high-quality work products (e.g., needs assessments, tool kits, trainings) that benefit the organization and advance public health practice. The work products produced must demonstrate student attainment of at least five MPH competencies (3 foundational and 2 program). As part of  the three-credit hour Applied Practice Experience (APE), all students must produce a high-quality written report and deliver an oral presentation (e.g., PowerPoint or poster) to complete their Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) project.