Jan 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health (Health Promotion and Health Behavior) MPH

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Health Promotion and Health Behavior 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 Promotion and Health Behavior majors are eligible to take a certifying examination for entry-level health educators, qualifying them as Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

The MPH Health Promotion and Health Behavior emphasis 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 School of Health Professions Graduate Coordinator. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Academic Requirements and Procedures , applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. Application for admission to the MPH program must be submitted to the Graduate School and through the School of Health Professions. 

Applications are due August 1 for fall semester and December 15 for spring semester. The School of Health Professions Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates applications. Factors in the decision for admission include GPA, GRE scores, writing skills demonstrated in the essay, and reference letters from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. 

A complete application consists of a graduate application, a statement of purpose, GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts, resume, and three letters of reference. 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.
  • Students considering the MPH/MA Dual Degree option must also apply to the ANTMA program.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

Students must complete an approved internship (six credit hours/280 fieldwork hours), pass comprehensive exams, and have a 3.0 GPA in all coursework to graduate.

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information  for other program requirements and expectations.   

Masters in Public Health/ Masters in Anthropology (75 hours)

Students interested in health promotion, health behavior, and anthropology can complete requirements for each degree simultaneously. The combination of disciplines will prepare graduates for a variety of career opportunities in public, voluntary, and private health sectors. This option affords opportunities for graduates to work in community-based health education settings involving diverse populations with specific cultural backgrounds and associated needs.

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