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.
All HEDC students will be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, and the HEDC program prepares students to successfully become Certified Health Education Specialists.
The MPH Degree in Health Education and Communication requires a total of 45 credits that includes:
SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)
MPH in HEDC - Required Courses (18 Credits)
Complete one of the two courses listed below, although both classes are recommended:
Elective Courses (12 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with your 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.
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