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MPH in Health Education and Communication

The solution to many of today's public health problems requires some type of behavioral change. Increasingly, health practitioners are looking to the field of health education and health communication for methods to adapt behavioral science principles to solve selected health problems. The program is designed to prepare graduates to work in the challenging fields of health promotion and disease prevention, with a focus on health education program planning, monitoring and evaluation, community organization, social marketing, and qualitative and quantitative community-based participatory research methodologies. An MPH in the Health Education and Communication (HEDC) concentration provides those interested in working within the United States, and in developing countries, the opportunity to develop these learning experiences.

Program Competencies
  • Assess individual and community needs for health education/communication.
  • Design a theory-based public health intervention or program.
  • Apply health education communication strategies to interventions and programs.
  • Develop a plan to evaluate a public health intervention or program, based on a theory of change.
  • Identify health education/communication resources.
  • Explain how to promote health education through advocacy campaigns and policies.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in Health Education and Communication program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MSPH degree in Health Education and Communication requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in HEDC - Required Courses (18 Credits)

  • GCHB 6110 Health Promotion and Health Education Programs (3)
  • GCHB 6120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and Communication Programs (3)
  • GCHB 7010 Health Communication Theory and Practice (3)
  • GCHB 7220 Community Organization (3)
  • GCHB 7260 Introduction to Social Marketing (3)

Complete one of the two courses listed below, although both classes are recommended:

  • GCHB 7100 Public Health Policy (3)
  • GCHB 7250 Evidence-based Methods in Social Behavioral Sciences (3)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All Health Education and Communication students complete a 300 hour practicum to gain practical experience.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MPH in Health Education and Communication conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Richard Oberhelman, MD

Program Director: David Seal, PhD

Department Administrator: Gale Marie Abass


Phone: (504) 988-5391

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