MPH Health Education

Health education is an applied social science that focuses on preventing disease and promoting health for individuals, groups, and communities. Health educators are actively engaged in promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles through education that empowers people for healthy living.  Health education focuses on the forces that affect health-related behaviors and the role they play in the maintenance, promotion, and improvement of health. Majors are eligible to take a certifying examination for entry-level health educators, qualifying them as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).



DPH 622         Epidemiology
DPH 623         Biostatistics*
DPH 625         Health Administration
DPH 655         Environmental Health
DPH 656         Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
DPH 611         Internship 3-9 hours


DPH 512         Measurement and Evaluation (if needed)
DPH 602         Health Disparities in the United States
DPH 606         Health Education among Rural Populations
DPH 609         Community Health Education Planning
DPH 647         Public Health Marketing
DPH 720         Community Organization for Health Education
DPH 784         Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
Elective           Approved Elective 3 hours


DPH 623 Must successfully complete one course in statistics (DPH 440) prior to enrollment


MPH Health Education Emphasis Area Competencies(adopted from The National Commission For Health Education Credentialing, Inc., Responsibilities and Competencies)


  1. Obtain health-related data about social and cultural environments, growth and development factors, needs and interest.
  2. Distinguish between behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being.
  3. Infer needs for health education on the basis of obtained data.
  4. Recruit community organizations, resource people and potential participants for support and assistance in program planning.
  5. Develop a logical scope and sequence plan for a health education program.
  6. Formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives.
  7. Design educational programs consistent with specified program objectives.
  8. Exhibit competence in carrying out planned educational programs.
  9. Infer enabling objectives as needed to implement instructional programs in specified settings.
  10. Select methods and media best suited to implement program plans for specific learners.
  11. Monitor educational programs, adjusting objectives and activities as necessary.
  12. Develop plans to assess achievement of program objectives.
  13. Carry out evaluation plans.
  14. Interpret results of program evaluation.
  15. Infer implication from findings for future program planning.
  16. Develop a plan for coordinating health education services.
  17. Facilitate cooperation between and among levels of program personnel.
  18. Formulate practical modes of collaboration among health agencies and organizations.
  19. Organize in-service training programs for teachers, volunteers, and other interested personnel.
  20. Utilize computerized health information retrieval system effectively.
  21. Establish effective consultative relationships with those requesting assistance in solving health-related problems.
  22. Interpret and respond to request for health information.
  23. Select effective educational resource materials for dissemination.
  24. Interpret concepts, purposes and theories of health education.
  25. Predict the impact of societal value systems on health education programs.
  26. Select a variety of communication methods and techniques in providing health information.
  27. Foster communication between health care providers and consumer.