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MPH in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior - Professional Online Program

Duration: 24-26 months Credit Hours: 45 units Tuition: $30,088.75 in-state $31,438.75 out-of-state

Learn how to help improve the health and well-being of communities with a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Online from the University of South Carolina. This 100% online, asynchronous MPH program is designed for current practitioners in health departments, communities, schools, and worksite settings who are deeply concerned about human welfare and require the convenience and flexibility of an online program.

In this CEPH-accredited online program, students will promote healthy lifestyles through the use of social and behavioral sciences and prepare for leadership roles in improving health at the individual, group, institutional, community, state, and national levels.

Learn and develop a diverse set of highly transferable, interdisciplinary skills that will expand your career and transform you into an influential leader in community health. This program can be completed in 24-26 months of continuous study.

Graduates of this MPH in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior – Professional Online Program will:

  • become leaders and advocates 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.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior online, students must complete 45 credit hours that include 5 public health core courses (16 credit hours), 4 HPEB core courses (12 credit hours), 4 elective courses (12 credit hours), and an applied practice experience course (5 credit hours). Each course is one full semester (i.e., 14 weeks) in length.

Online Courses

Public Health Core

PUBH 725 provides students with an integrated review of quantitative methods used in public health practice using from the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics and environmental health. Students will conduct assessments, create surveys and related databases, and analyze and interpret data collected.
PUBH 726 is an introductory qualitative methods course focusing on understanding the characteristics of qualitative methods, including data collection, organization, and analysis. Students will also learn about the role of theory and paradigms in qualitative inquiry and how to identify, work with, and communicate qualitative analysis results with different types of community stakeholders.
PUBH 730 is designed to prepare future public health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to solve public health problems using systems thinking tools, best practices in public health management, and policy development, application, and evaluation. It emphasizes identifying and enhancing the knowledge and skills needed to effectively lead public health initiatives.
PUBH 735 provides the opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the program planning process in public health. Students will work in teams to develop programs addressing a public health issue affecting a target population and setting, based on available epidemiological and social assessment data, and multi-level interventional strategies informed by theory and existing evidence-based interventions.
PUBH 678 provides the foundation for beginning health professions and public health students to gain an understanding of the complexities of the healthcare system and the importance of interprofessional collaboration to improve the system. Through experiential activities conducted in interprofessional teams, students will explore the art and science of teamwork and communication skills, cultural competency, ethical issues, healthcare disparities, and social determinants of health.


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.
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.
Planning and implementation of health education program evaluations. Emphasis on political, practical, and theoretical aspects of evaluation.
Organizational development, policy influence, capacity building, empowerment, community diagnosis and coalition development for enhancing health.


Electives may be chosen from HPEB or from courses in the University that support the student's overall educational goals. Students should consult with their academic advisor to devise their individual degree plan and to answer any questions about elective courses.

Applied Practice Experience

The focus of this course is the synthesis and application of selected program learning objectives in the performance of an applied work or service project in a public need setting.
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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.