Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD degree is designed for those who seek to advance the state of the art and science of health promotion, education, and behavior. This degree stresses understanding of research design and methodologies. The program requires 60 hours of post-baccalaureate course work, including 12 hours of dissertation preparation. In addition, the following are required: a written qualifying examination, a written and oral comprehensive examination, and an oral defense of the dissertation.
Cognate courses will be determined by the studentís advisory committee
based on the needs of the student.
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
The DrPH is the professional public health doctoral degree designed for individuals who wish to apply new knowledge in health promotion, education, and behavior programs. This degree stresses program development and evaluation methodologies. The degree requires 60 hours of post-baccalaureate course work, including 12 hours of dissertation preparation. In addition, the following are required: a written qualifying examination, a written and oral comprehensive examination, and an oral defense of the dissertation.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The MPH is designed for individuals with aspirations to be practitioners in health department, community, school or worksite settings. The program requires 45 hours of course work, including public health and health promotion, education, and behavior core courses and a 6-hour practicum. The public health core is designed to develop competencies in using epidemiology and biostatistics to understand distributions and causes of diseases in populations; understanding the relationship between environment and health; and managing and administering health organizations. The health promotion, education, and behavior core is designed to develop competencies in planning implementing, and evaluating programs which promote informed decision making and health behavior change in individuals, and communities. Candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination at or near the conclusion of program requirements.
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
The MSPH degree is designed for those interested in pursuing specialized areas of health promotion, education, and behavior and for those who wish to complete a thesis in preparation for doctoral work. This degree is a more individualized program of study emphasizing the scientific base of public health and the investigation of public health related problems. The program requires 45 hours of course work, including 9 hours in core courses and 6 hours of thesis preparation. Candidates must also successfully complete a comprehensive examination at or near the conclusion of program requirements.
The Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior – Professional Online Program is designed for practitioners in health department, community, school, and worksite settings who are deeply concerned about human welfare and require the flexibility of an online program.
The program provides highly transferable, interdisciplinary skills that will help make you a more impactful agent of change in your career and in people’s lives. This program will train you to:
- become a leader and advocate for change in organizations and in the environment to facilitate healthful practices
- develop programs aimed at promoting good health at the personal, organizational, and public-policy levels
- evaluate health programs and policies to ensure they are meeting objectives and societal needs
- develop and disseminate knowledge through systematic research and evaluation.
Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health (M.S.W./MPH)
The joint M.S.W./MPH degree program is intended to permit students to earn two complementary and distinct graduate degrees. The M.S.W./MPH requires 84 hours instead of the 105 hours required to complete the programs separately, including 3 hours of public health practicum (in conjunction with 3 hours of social work field instruction). Candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination at or near the conclusion of the program.
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication is an interdisciplinary certificate administered by the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; the School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and the School of Library and Information Science. This is an 18-hour post-bachelor's program which provides students with opportunities to strengthen their knowledge in health communication content, research methods, and application. Students will select Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; Journalism and Mass Communications; or Library and Information Science as an interest area.
An applicant for admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication will be evaluated on a combination of factors: undergraduate grades; performance on the GRE; resume describing previous professional experience, especially if that experience is in health communication-related positions; three letters of recommendation; and a written statement of intent, in which the applicant outlines reasons for seeking a graduate-level Certificate in Health Communication. Qualified individuals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree can also take the certificate as a stand-alone program.
The program consists of 18 graduate credit hours (a total of six three-credit hour courses). To earn the certificate, students must complete:
1. The certificate core (9 hours)
HPEB 711 Applied Health Communication
SLIS 749 Health Sciences Information Resources
JOUR 702 Communication Theory or
JOUR 803 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Theory Construction
2. Six (6) directed elective
hours from an approved list, depending on the student's interests as
approved by the student's faculty advisor.
3. A 3 credit-hour practicum or project in the studentís home department.
Examples of practicum/internships include appointments with local agencies involved with health communication, or work on an active research project. Faculty members work closely with students to help them secure the practicum.
The minor in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (HPEB) requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. This minor provides a basic foundation for students desiring preparation in health promotion, health education, health behavior change, and disease prevention. The minor in HPEB may be used in combination with many majors to enhance studentsí career opportunities and as preparation for graduate study in a variety of health and health-related disciplines. The HPEB minor is compatible with various majors such as, but not limited to: exercise science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and international studies, nursing, womenís studies, physical education, and instruction and teacher education. A minimum of 18 credit hours is required from the following curriculum. Students must complete courses with a grade of ĎCí or higher.