Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior — Professional Online Program

Duration: 22-24 months | Credit Hours: 45 units
Tuition: $24,115 in-state $29,020 out-of-state

This master’s degree is designed for current practitioners in health department, community, school and worksite settings who are deeply concerned about human welfare and require the flexibility of an online program.

The Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior – Professional Online Program provides a diverse set of highly transferable, interdisciplinary skills that will help make you a more impactful agent of change in your career and in people’s lives.

This online degree program will train you to...

  • become a leader and advocate for change in organizations and in the environment to facilitate healthful practices
  • develop programs aimed at promoting good health at the personal, organizational and public policy levels
  • evaluate health programs to ensure they are meeting program and societal objectives
  • develop and disseminate knowledge through systematic research and evaluation.

Course List

Public Health Core

Approaches and Concepts for Health Administration
HSPM 700
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
An interdisciplinary perspective on the field of health administration. Philosophy concepts and skills of implementation, management, and evaluation are presented and discussed. Principles in the practice of health administration are applied to identified problems and situations.
Introduction to Biostatistics
BIO 700
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Health-related statistical applications. Descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, ANOVA. May not be used as part of a degree program in epidemiology or biostatistics.
Concepts of Environmental Health Science
ENHS 660
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Environmental health sciences presenting the earth as a complex system in which people, plants, animals, and non-living physical-chemical components interact.
Introduction to Epidemiology
EPID 700
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Principles of epidemiology with examples of selected health problems. Health status of populations and conceptual tools for translating epidemiologic findings into public health action.
Concepts and Methods in Health Promotion
HPEB 700
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 hours units
Fundamental principles and practices of public health promotion including history, ethics, cultural competence, professional responsibilities, overview of theory and models, and selection and implementation of instructional methods.

HPEB Core

Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion
HPEB 701
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Role of theory in shaping research and practice in health promotion and education; historical and ongoing interaction between health education and the applied social sciences.
Planning Health Promotion Programs
HPEB 702
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Health promotion planning frameworks; issues in planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in a variety of settings.
Health Promotion Research Methods
HPEB 707
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Research methods applicable to the study of individual and group health behavior. Interfaces behavioral theory, research design and methods, and data analysis/interpretation. Introduction to evaluating health promotion research and evaluation.
Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs
HPEB 710
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Planning and implementation of health education program evaluations. Emphasis on political, practical, and theoretical aspects of evaluation.
Community Health Development
HPEB 748
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Organizational development, policy influence, capacity building, empowerment, community diagnosis and coalition development for enhancing health.

HPEB Focus

Race, Ethnicity, and Health: Examining Health Inequalities
HPEB 513
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
A comprehensive overview of race/ethnicity and health. Class discussions will focus on comparing health status and health outcomes of different racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. and discussing possible explanations for inequalities from a behavioral science.
Consumer Health in Contemporary Society
HPEB 547
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
An analysis and appraisal of issues related to the production and distribution of products and services as these activities affect consumer health.
Applied Health Communication
HPEB 711
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Application of communication, media, and health behavior theory to the development of health communication messages and campaigns.

Practicum

Public Health Practicum Seminar
HPEB 798A
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 3 units
Synthesis and application of MPH competencies for professional development, culminating in a practicum fieldwork contract. Note: Pass/Fail.
Public Health Practicum Fieldwork
HPEB 798B
Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit hours: 1-3 units
Performance of a limited work or service project in a public need setting, pursuit of planned, learning objectives related to previously identified aspects of the student’s chosen role. Prerequisites: HPEB 798A

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Why the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health?

  • flexible, online program designed for working professionals
  • nationally recognized faculty with active research programs
  • a degree from a university that leading health care agencies trust

Nationally Recognized

USC is one of only 40 public universities to earn both the top-tier research classification and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching