Jul 31, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health (Health Education), M.P.H.

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Health education is concerned with health-related behaviors of people. It focuses on forces that affect those behaviors and the role they play in the maintenance, promotion, and improvement of health. Health education majors are eligible to take a certifying examination for entry-level health educators, qualifying them as Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

Master of Public Health Requirements

Program Requirements

  1. MPH students must complete 45 hours of coursework.
  2. MPH/ANTMA students must complete a minimum of 66 hours.
  3. Pass a comprehensive exam.
  4. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in all course work to graduate.

The MPH health education program is open to individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree. The degree can be completed in 15 months using a rigorous, concentrated format that includes four classes each semester (including a summer semester). For information on this degree program, contact the MPH coordinator in the Department of Public Health at 266-5957.


Students must complete a six-credit hour (280 clock hours) internship at an approved site.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the MPH program is made through the Graduate School of the university and through the Department of Public Health.

Applications are due August 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester.

A complete application consists of the graduate application, a statement of purpose, GRE scores, transcripts, resumè, and three letters of reference from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study. International applicants also must submit a TOEFL/IBT score.

Minimum GPA is 2.75 on the last 60 hours of coursework.

Minimum TOEFL/IBT score is 79 for international applicants.

Applications are evaluated by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. Factors in the decision for admission include GPA, GRE scores, writing skills demonstrated in the essay, and reference letters.

Students applying to the MPH/ANTMA program must also apply to the ANTMA program.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.

Integrity Assurance Program (IAP)

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status must complete IAP training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The policy and training information can be found on the following website: http://www.usm.edu/research/research-and-scholarly-integrity-assurance-program

Masters in Public Health (Health Education Emphasis)/ Masters in Anthropology Dual Degree Core Courses (72 hours total)

The dual degree allows students interested in the Master of Public Health (MPH), Health Education emphasis area, in DPH and Anthropology to complete requirements for each degree simultaneously, rather than completing each degree separately. The combination of disciplines will prepare graduates for a variety of career opportunities in the public, voluntary, and private community health sectors and will afford an opportunity for the graduates to work in community health education settings involving diverse populations with specific cultural backgrounds and associated needs.

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