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Program Overview

The Health Promotion track is an interdisciplinary course of study providing students with specialized training in public health promotion and education.  Through coursework and community-based experiences, students learn to address factors in the broader social, economic, policy, and built environments to improve the health of populations.  In this track students build practice and research skills for population-level intervention, including program development, implementation, and evaluation.  The curriculum further offers opportunities to focus on health across the lifespan.  Graduates of the Health Promotion track will be able to effectively recognize and assess health disparities, communicate health information, promote health equity, and mobilize resources for social change.

For the MPH Course Outline please look at pages 53-55 in the Student Handbook.

Core Competencies

Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Apply theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions, programs, and policies.
  • Develop interventions and programs to effect change at multiple levels, including individual, community, organization, and policy.
  • Design and implement strategies to promote health.
  • Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders.
  • Design and deliver health communication messages.
  • Evaluate and interpret results from program evaluations and other research.
  • Define research problems, frame research questions, design research procedures, and outline methods of analysis.
  • Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of public health.
  • Enact cultural competency in diverse social and cultural communities.
  • Develop a substantive area of emphasis.


Program Coordinator – Andrew Wyman

Program Coordinator – Lynne Messer, PhD


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