Master of Public Health

The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education's M.P.H. program prepares individuals to function in leadership positions in the development and application of behavioral science theory and research methods to analyze and design interventions that improve population health and quality of life. Our program graduates go on to successful careers in local, regional, state, national, and international organizations.

The master's degree program uses a competency-based format for instruction. Each student in the M.P.H. program will meet the Council on Education for Public Health's twenty-two Foundational Competencies and the Health Behavior and Health Education M.P.H. Concentration Competencies listed below:

  • Describe how to use social-ecological and life course perspectives to address key determinants of health and health disparities through programs and policies
  • Apply relevant social and behavioral science theories, concepts and models that are designed to understand and modify health behavior
  • Apply research and evaluation methods to understand the effect of health education and health behavior interventions
  • Specify approaches for planning, implementing, and managing socio-behavioral health education-focused programs and/or policies to promote human health
  • Integrate principles and methods of community engagement, including ethical considerations, relevant to the design and implementation of health education programs and policies