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MPH in Health Promotion

Program Overview

Core Competencies


The M.P.H. in Health Promotion program is an interdisciplinary course of study providing students with specialized training in public health promotion and interventions. 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. Students build practice and research skills for population-level interventions, including program development, implementation and evaluation. Students also can focus on health across the lifespan. Graduates of the program will be able to effectively recognize and assess health disparities, communicate health information, promote health equity and mobilize resources for social change.

An accurate and current example of the Program of Study can be viewed in the relevant Student Handbook.

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 health problems, frame hypotheses, design research procedures, and outline methods of analysis.
  • Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of public health promotion.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency in health promotion among all social and cultural communities.

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Betty Izumi, PhD