- See the Admission Requirements and Application Instructions for All MPH and MS Applicants.
- See Tips for Your Application, MPH – Health Promotion & Behavioral Science (pdf)
The Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science is one of the graduate divisions within the SDSU School of Public Health. It offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science.
The MPH program in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science provides pre- and post-doctoral instruction in behavioral and social sciences. The curriculum examines socio-ecological factors responsible for health-related behaviors that lead to morbidity, premature mortality and health disparities. Research and evaluation techniques appropriate for health behavior and community health research are taught. Graduates will be able to design, manage, and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings, including schools, work sites, health care facilities, and community organizations. Emphasis is placed on the study of disease prevention and health promotion in both large populations and small groups. Extensive faculty/student collaboration is employed so that students can apply health behavior change principles in research and practice.
- Course Roadmap – MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science (pdf, updated May 2020)
- Educational Objectives – MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science (pdf)
The 51 unit program is listed below and is typically completed in two years by full-time students:
- Public Health Core Classes (15 units)
- PH 601 Epidemiology (3)
- PH 602 Biostatistics (3)
- PH 604 Environmental determinants of Human Health (3)
- PH 605 Health Services Administration (3)
- PH 661 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion (3)
- Health Promotion Concentration Courses (15 units)
- PH 607 Research Methods (3)
- PH 662 Motivating Health Behavior (3)
- PH 663 Health Communication (3)
- PH 666 Health Promotion Program Planning and Assessment (3)
- PH 672 Public Health Program Evaluation (3)
- Supervised Field Placement (3-12 units)
- PH 650R Required Community Field Practice (3) Cr/NC
- Students may take an additional 3 units of PH 650 and 6 units of PH 750
- Prescribed Electives (6 units) – A minimum of six additional units selected with the approval of advisor from:
- PH 664 Health, Society, and Human Behavior (3)
- PH 667 Prevention and Control of Chronic Illness (3)
- PH 668 Seminar in Health Promotion Research (3)
- PH 700F Seminar in Public Health: Health Promotion (3)
- PH 700G Seminar in Public Health: Health Promotion (3)
- PH 797 Research for Graduate Students (3)
- Additional Electives (6 units)
- Six units selected with approval of concentration faculty from any graduate level public health course
- Capstone Experience (3 units) *
- PH 799A Thesis or Project (3) Cr/NC OR PH 798 Special Study (3) Cr/NC
See the SDSU Graduate Bulletin for descriptions and prerequisites for these courses.
Integrated Learning Experience
Students can complete their MPH degree in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science by choosing either Plan A (Thesis-traditional or manuscript format) or Plan B (Manuscript, Systematic Review, or Capstone Project). If students select Plan A, PH 799A is required for completion of their degree. If students select Plan B, PH 798 (Special Study) is required for completion of their degree.
The school expects a student to complete the degree within seven years. Failure to complete the degree requirements within seven years will result in dismissal from the program.