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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

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 MPH 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.

Online Courses

Public Health Core

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.
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.
Environmental health sciences presenting the earth as a complex system in which people, plants, animals, and non-living physical-chemical components interact.
Principles of epidemiology with examples of selected health problems. Health status of populations and conceptual tools for translating epidemiologic findings into public health action.
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.


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.
Health promotion planning frameworks; issues in planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in a variety of settings.
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.

HPEB Focus

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.
An analysis and appraisal of issues related to the production and distribution of products and services as these activities affect consumer health.
Application of communication, media, and health behavior theory to the development of health communication messages and campaigns.


Synthesis and application of MPH competencies for professional development, culminating in a practicum fieldwork contract. Note: Pass/Fail.
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.