Community Health Education, M.P.H.
The Master of Public Health requires 45 credit hours and consists of 39 credits of coursework and a 6 credit internship/practicum in a community setting. The professional preparation program is for qualified students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds who are interested in careers that involve the development and management of population-based health promotion and disease prevention activities within communities. In the program students receive academic preparation in the profession of Health Education and skill development in the traditional public health fields of epidemiology, statistics, environmental health, and health policy with coursework and volunteer experiences emphasizing the development of practitioner competencies. The degree program prepares graduates for careers in public health and health care settings at local, state, regional, or national levels.
The M.P.H. program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the professional requirements are based on the recommendations of the Joint Commission of the Society of Public Health and the American Association for Health Education. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national Health Education credentialing exam for the profession and become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), or with a qualifying experience, a Master’s Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). By the end of the program students will have preparation in the Core Areas of Public Health and in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists (assessment, program planning, implementation, evaluation, administration and management, resource, and communication and advocacy.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the minimum admission materials required by The Graduate School, applicants should submit a description of work experiences and a written statement of professional goals.
Applicants can enroll as either full-time or part-time students. All required courses except the internship are offered in the evenings. Full-time students are expected to take four courses each fall and spring semester for two years. Part-time students usually take two courses each fall and spring semester, and one course each summer, over three years.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 45 credit hours
|Core Courses (21 credits)|
|HEA 601||Foundations of Public Health||3|
|HEA 602||Epidemiology Methods||3|
|HEA 604||Quantitative Methods||3|
|HEA 607||Determinants of Health||3|
|HEA 619||Systems, Leadership, and Policy I||3|
|HEA 615||Systems, Leadership, and Policy II||3|
|HEA 621||Public Health Theories and Strategies||3|
|Required Professional Courses (9 credits)|
|HEA 618||Assessment and Program Planning I||3|
|HEA 614||Assessment and Program Planning II||3|
|HEA 625||Evaluation Methods||3|
|Electives (9 credits)|
|Select three elective courses *||9|
|Capstone Experience (6 credits) **|
|HEA 650||Community Health Internship/Practicum||6|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
Chosen in consultation with his/her advisor.
In addition to the field-based learning experiences in courses throughout the program, students are required to integrate and synthesize their acquired skills and knowledge in an applied situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice in community health education. This is done through an internship/practicum in a community health agency. Prior to the internship/practicum, students plan their work in an applied program planning class.