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).

MPH (Health Education) & the Master in Anthropology Degree Programs

The Department of Public Health has an academic partnerships with the Department of Anthropology for students pursuing both an MPH and an MA degree. Students in the MPH Program with an emphasis area in Health Education are eligible to apply for admission into the MPH and the MA Programs simultaneously.  Students must apply and meet the admission criteria of both the MPH and MA programs in the same semester.  




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 Core Competencies  


Epidemiology (DPH 622)

  1. Apply appropriate descriptive, observational, and experimental epidemiological methods to identify determinants of disease in various populations while recognizing the strengths and limitations of those methods.
  2. Examine public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, place, and time, and calculate basic epidemiologic measures.

 Environmental (DPH 655)

  1. Examine the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to an individual that impact public health.
  2. Propose methods of preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between individuals and their environment. 

 Biostatistics (DPH 623)

  1. Apply basic statistical concepts for exploring, describing, reorganizing, and analyzing public health data to obtain insight about populations from which data were drawn.
  2. Apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference appropriately according to underlying assumptions and study design principles. 

 Social and Behavioral (DPH 656)

  1. Interpret social and behavioral concepts and theories and their applicability to contemporary public health problems with the aim of reducing the disease burden on society, enhancing health prevention behaviors, and promoting health.
  2. Examine evidence-based approaches in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social and behavioral interventions, studies, and programs.

 Health Administration (DPH 625; emphasis-area-specific coursework)

  1. Analyze the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.   
  2. Apply essential management principles of planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, and controlling to public health programs, services, and organizations. 
MPH Health Education Emphasis Area Competencies
  1. Prioritize individual, organizational, and community concerns, assets, resources, and deficits for public health education programs, interventions, and policy change. 
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs, interventions, studies, and policies. 
  3. Conduct public health practices including needs and community assessments and/or evaluation of public health programs. 
  4. Analyze the role of individual, social, and community influences in the challenge and resolution of public health problems through interventions or policy change. 
  5. Evaluate the cultural, social, and behavioral determinants of health and health disparities. 
  6. Design culturally appropriate approaches to contemporary public health problems. 
  7. Utilize quantitative and qualitative research methods to inform development of public health education programs, interventions, and policy change.