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MPH in Health Education and Communication

This program will become part of the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences beginning Fall 2021. 

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.

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 (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 Interim Chair: David Hotchkiss, PhD

Program Director: Alyssa Lederer, PhD, MPH

Program Manager: Gale Marie Abass

Email: gchb@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5391

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