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Academic Programs
Doctoral
     Ph.D.
     Dr.P.H.
Masters
     MPH
     MSPH
Dual-degree
     MSW/MPH


Health Communication Certificate

Undergraduate Minor

Course Descriptions:
          Undergraduate (pdf)
          Graduate Bulletin (pdf)


Doctoral

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. 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.

Curriculum Requirements are as follows: HOURS
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 6-12
Research/Statistical Methods 18-24
Cognate 12-18
Dissertation 12
TOTAL 60

Cognate courses will be determined by the studentís advisory committee based on the needs of the student.

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Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)
The Dr.P.H. 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.

Curriculum Requirements are as follows: HOURS
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 12-18
Research / Evaluation / Planning 9-18
Cognate 24-30
Dissertation 12
TOTAL 60

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Masterís

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

The M.P.H. 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.

Curriculum Requirements are as follows: HOURS
Basic Public Health Core 15
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 15
Cognate Area (Requires 6 hours in HPEB) 9
Practicum (250 contact hours) 6
TOTAL 45

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Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.)

The M.S.P.H. 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.

Curriculum Requirements are as follows: HOURS
Basic Public Health Core 9
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 12
Research Methods 6
Cognate Area (Required 6 hours in HPEB) 12
Thesis 6
TOTAL 45

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Dual Program

Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health (M.S.W./M.P.H.)
The joint M.S.W./M.P.H. degree program is intended to permit students to earn two complementary and distinct graduate degrees.  The M.S.W./M.P.H. 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.

Curriculum requirements:

 http://cosw.sc.edu/academic-program/msw-program/msw-dual-degree

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Graduate Certificate in Health Communication

  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.

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Undergraduate Minor

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.

Core Course Requirements:
Course Number Course Title CR
HPEB 300 Introduction to Health Education 3
HPEB 321 Personal and Community Health 3
HPEB 550 Behavioral Concepts and Processes for the Health Professional 3
HPEB 553 Community Health Problems 3
  Total 12

Electives - Select (2) from the following:

Course Number

Course Title

CR

PUBH 102

Intro to Public Health

3

HPEB 301

Practicum in Health Promotion

3

HPEB 335

First Aid and Emergency Preparedness

3

HPEB 492

Special Topics in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

3

HPEB 501

Family Life and Sex Education Programs

3

HPEB 502

Applied Aspects of Nutrition

3

HPEB 511

Health Problems in a Changing Society

3

HPEB 512

Southern Discomfort

3

HPEB 513

Race, Ethnicity, and Health: Examining Health Inequalities

3

HPEB 540

Drug Education

3

HPEB 542

Public Health Practice in Tobacco Prevention & Control

3

HPEB 547

Consumer Health in Society

3

HPEB 551

Medical Anthropology (Field Work)

3

HPEB 552

Medical Anthropology (ANTH 552)

3

HPEB 620

Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

3

HPEB 621

Maternal & Child Health Education

3

HPEB 627

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health

3

HPEB 654

Maternal & Child Nutrition this is not on our current list (1/28/05)

3

HPEB 684

HIV/AIDS Education: Principles & Practices

3

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