Master of Public Health - Social & Behavioral Sciences


Health Promotion is the process of applying social and behavioral science principles to education and environmental change that empowers individuals and groups to take control of and improve their own health. MPH Specialists combine knowledge of social and behavioral sciences to create and carry out successful public health interventions to promote population health. The goal of this option is to educate practitioners who have a broad foundation of the fundamental principles of public heath with a focus on program planning and evaluation.

 The Social & Behavioral Sciences program of the MPH program prepares graduates to:

  • Find, understand and apply relevant public health literature
  • Design and implement programs that improve public health by fostering change in individual behaviors, environmental conditions and social policy
  • Evaluate public health programs through data collection and analysis
  • Engage individuals and communities in discussion and decision making to clarify shared public health goals

The 6-credit MPH practicum provides students focusing on population health with applied experience in health promotion and disease prevention. Examples include collaborations in planning, implementing and evaluating public health campaigns at federal agencies, state and local health departments, hospital settings, community health centers, social service agencies and non profit public health organizations

 For more information, please contact: Leland Ackerson.

 Curriculum Plan

Fall Semester Year 1:

  • PUBH.5750 Epidemiology & Biostatistices
  • PUBH.5010 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • PUBH.5021 Public Health Policy

Spring Semester Year 1:

  • PUBH.5070 Leadership and Management in Public Health
  • PUBH.5061 Environmental Health
  • PUBH.6860 Program Development & Implementation
  • PUBH.6910 Advanced Program Evaluation

Fall Semester Year 2:

  • PUBH.6850 Applied Public Health Research & Practice
  • PUBH.6871 Health Communication and Technology
  • PUBH.6660 MPH Practicum
  • XXXX.XXXX Elective

Spring Semester Year 2:

  • PUBH.5130 Assessment and Planning in Health Programming
  • PUBH.6670 Integrated Practical Learning
  • XXXX.XXXX Elective

NOTE: Part-time plans of study can be arranged in consultation with an academic adviser. Full-time plans of study that begin in the Spring Semester will include the same courses taken in a slightly different order.