San Diego State University's fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science is offered through the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health, and administered by the College of Extended Studies.

Upon graduation from this rigorous 18-month health science/public health degree, students will be able to develop, implement, evaluate, and critique public health programs. Developed exclusively for early- to mid-career professionals, this fully online program allows students to study on their own time while continuing to pursue their careers.

This program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

For questions, please contact Brenda Fass-Holmes at (619) 594-4492 or bholmes@mail.sdsu.edu.

Application Information

For instructions on how to apply, visit MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Online.  Deadline for Fall 2018 applications is May 31, 2018.

Students will 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

Program Details

  • 18-month program, fully online
  • 51 units total
  • Two 3-unit courses per eight-week session
  • One-week break between sessions
  • Recently ranked #10 by Online Masters In Public Health The Top 25 Online MPH Programs.
  • Accredited by CEPH

Admissions Criteria
Applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in any major from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.85 overall
  • Must have taken the GRE exam within the past five years
  • A minimum of three years of full-time work experience, preferably in a public health career or organization
  • Current full-time employment, preferably in a public health-related position

Course Sequence

Session

Course

1

PH 661 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion
PH 666 Health Promotion Program Planning & Assessment

2

PH 602 Biostatistics
PH 662 Motivating Health Behavior

3

PH 601 Epidemiology
PH 607 Research Methods

4

PH 605 Health Services Administration
PH 663 Health Communication

5

PH 604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health
PH 700F Program Assessment

6

PH 650R Required Community Field Practice
PH 700F Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

7

PH 700F Migration and Health
PH 700F Health Disparities
Thesis/Capstone

8

PH 700F Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases
Thesis/Capstone

 

If you have any questions about the application process, see the MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Online, or contact GSPH Admissions Coordinator Brenda Fass-Holmes at bholmes@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-4492.

Courses

2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall
P H 0602 Biostatistics

Statistical reasoning applied to public health; probability, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, analysis of variance, measurement theory and modeling.

Course Date(s)

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Instructors
Hector Lemus
2018 Spring
P H 0605 Health Services Administration

Overview of health services administration and delivery in U.S. Characteristics of utilization of health care, financing and system structure, types of providers, nonfinancial resources, and assessment and regulation.

Course Date(s)
March 19 - May 11
$1,686
Instructors
Chuck Matthews
2018 Spring
P H 0650R Field Practice: Required Community

Field instruction in public health settings. Application of public health principles and skills to practical problems. Maximum credit six units of Public Health 650 applicable to a master’s degree.

Course Date(s)
March 19 - July 13
$1,686
Instructors
Emily Schmied
P H 0661 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion

Psychological, sociological, economic, and political theories relevant to the mission and processes of health promotion.

Course Date(s)

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Instructors
Emily Schmied
P H 0662 Motivating Health Behavior

Application of behavioral change techniques and health education methodology to health promotion targeting individuals and whole communities.

Course Date(s)

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Instructors
Justine Kozo
2018 Spring
P H 0663 Health Promotion Communication

Theory, design and implementation of health education communications in community contexts. Extensive use of student
design, analysis, and projects.
Prerequisite: Public Health 402.

Course Date(s)
March 19 - May 11
$1,686
Instructors
John Elder
P H 0666 Health Promotion Program Planning and Assessment

Program planning and assessment, theories, systems and procedures relevant to health promotion and education.

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Instructors
Jessica Haughton
P H 0797 Research

Research in one of the fields of public health. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree. Maximum combined credit six units of Public Health 797 and 798 applicable to a master’s degree.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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Instructors
Hala Madanat
P H 0798 Special Study: P H 798

Individual study. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree. Maximum combined credit six units of Public Health 797 and 798 applicable to a master’s degree.
Prerequisite: Consent of staff, to be arranged with the director and instructor.

Course Date(s)

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Instructors
Hala Madanat