San Diego State University

MPH – Health Promotion & Behavioral Science ONLINE

GSPH is pleased to announce that it is now offering a fully online MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science through the SDSU College of Extended Studies.

Application deadline for Fall 2017 entry:  May 31, 2017, 8:59 pm Pacific Time (for both the SOPHAS and SDSU applications)



  • Note the ADDITIONAL admission requirements for applicants to the ONLINE  MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science: 
    • Must have taken the GRE exam within the past 5 years
    • A minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience preferably in a public health-related position/organization (e.g. research organizations, public health departments, corporate wellness, health education)
    • Current full-time employment preferably in a public health-related position



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SDSU’s online MPH program in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science trains students to develop programs and conduct research to improve public health and eliminate health disparities. The rigorous 20-month curriculum challenges students to think critically about the personal, social, political, and environmental determinants of health-related behaviors, morbidity, early mortality, and health disparities.

Upon graduation, students will be able to develop, implement, evaluate, and critique public health promotion programs. Developed exclusively for early career professionals, this fully online program allows students to study on their own time while continuing to pursue their careers.


Online Masters in Public Health Program Objectives

Students in this graduate program learn to:

  • Use multiple sources of data to assess the health needs of a population
  • Identify personal, social, political, and environmental determinants of health-related behaviors, morbidity, mortality, and health disparities
  • Identify the most efficient and effective intervention strategies for improving population health
  • Evaluate health promotion programs
  • Develop scientific papers and presentations

Online MPH Program Format and Curriculum

SDSU’s 20-month MPH program is offered fully online to meet the needs of working professionals. The program runs year-round and is comprised of eight eight-week sessions with roughly a one-week break between sessions. During each of the eight-week sessions, students will take two three-unit online courses (51 units total). The curriculum includes 10 foundational public health courses, including Health Promotion Program Planning and Assessment, Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion, and Epidemiology (see Course Sequence below for full list of courses). Students will also choose from several electives and complete a capstone project.

Session Course
1 PH661 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion
PH666 Health Promotion Program Planning & Assessment
2 PH602 Biostatistics
PH662 Motivating Health Behavior
3 PH601 Epidemiology
PH607 Research Methods
4 PH663 Health Communication
PH Elective
5 PH604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health Elective
6 H605 Health Services Administration
PH650R Required Community Field Practice
7 Elective
8 Elective


Program Cost

$562/unit for a program total of $28,662 for the full 51 units







last updated: 6/22/2017