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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

Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.

  • 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 MPH Degree in Health Education and Communication requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 Credits)

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs  (3)

Program Course Requirements (18 Credits)

  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GCHB 6340 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3)
  • GCHB 7010 Health Communication Theory and Practice(3)
  • GCHB 7220 Community Organization (3)
  • GCHB 7260 Social Marketing  (3)
  • GCHB 7100 Public Health Policy and Practice (3) OR
    GCHB 7250 Evidence Based Methods in Social & Behavioral Sciences (3)

Elective Courses (12  credits)        

Selected from graduate-level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with your academic advisor.

Applied Practice Experience  (SPHL 9980)  

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience.   The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, including at least 3 from the foundational competencies (CEPH Criterion D2).  The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. An APE report and poster  summarizing the field experiences are required. 

Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950) 

All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies.

Model Course Schedule  

Degree Program Requirements (entry prior to Fall 2018)

The MPH 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 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.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Richard Oberhelman, MD

Program Director: David Seal, PhD

Department Administrator: Gale Marie Abass

Email: gchb@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5391

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