Online Master of Public Health in Health Behavior (HBQ) 2016-17

Program Description

The online MPH degree in Health Behavior is designed specifically for those who are interested in addressing the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities, but are not able to participate in a traditional classroom setting. Online classes are designed to be engaging, interactive, and relevant to current health behavior issues. Students in our program are able to apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems, develop evidence-based health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs, and apply principles of evaluating health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs. We emphasize the importance of community based participatory research and the application findings through a variety of behavioral and social science health promotion strategies. Graduates of our health behavior program are well positioned for opportunities in local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit/community based organizations, private research foundations, as well as the academic setting.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.


Admission

Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.


Curriculum

In addition to the MPH core requirements and 3-6 hours of other SOPH required courses, students take 9 hours of health behavior track courses, 12 hours of electives, and a 3 hour internship.