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, with coursework fully online
  • 180-hours of field placement experience
  • 51 units total
  • Two 3-unit courses per eight-week session
  • One-week break between sessions
  • Ranked #10 by Online Masters In Public Health The Top 25 Online MPH Programs.
  • Ranked #21 by BestColleges.com Best Online Master's in Public Health 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 Health Disparities

7

PH700A Migration and Global Health
PH 700F Women, Children, & Adolescent Health
Thesis/Capstone

8

PH 667 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@sdsu.edu or (619) 594-4492.

Courses

2018 Summer2018 Fall2019 Spring
P H 0601 Epidemiology

Distribution and determinants of diseases; role of epidemiology in public health. Descriptive, analytic, and experimental epidemiology.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

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Instructors
Tracy LaRee
P H 0602 Biostatistics

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

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Instructors
Hector Lemus
P H 0604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health

Environmental determinants and their influence on human health. Biological, physical, and chemical factors which affect the health of a community.

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Instructors
Zohir Chowdhury
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.

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Instructors
Chuck Matthews
P H 0607 Research Methods & Proposal Writing

Direct observation measurement, group and intensive experimental designs. Laboratory exercises and proposal writing applicable to public health.
Two lectures and three hours of laboratory.
Prerequisites: Public Health 601, 661, and consent of instructor.
Recommended: Public Health 602.

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2018 Fall
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)
September 24 - January 25
July 23 - November 16
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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.

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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.

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Justine Kozo
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.

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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
2018 Fall
P H 0667 Prevention & Control of Chronic Illness

Health promotion strategies for modification of individual behaviors and social practices to lower risk of chronic disease.
Prerequisites: Public Health 601 and 602.

Course Date(s)
November 26 - January 25
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2018 Fall
P H 0700A.01 Seminar: Migration & Global Health

We are currently experiencing the largest global immigration and refugee crisis in history. Human migration is one of the main driving forces in the globalization of health issues, including international epidemics such as SARS and Ebola. This course studies how immigration can have a significant impact on the epidemiology of diseases in host countries and in the strategies and resources needed to provide appropriate health care services.

Prerequisites: Public Health 601, 602, and 603.

Course Date(s)
September 24 - November 16
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P H 0700F.01 Seminar: Program Evaluation

This course will provide an overview of public health program evaluation skills, activities, and processes, including contextual issues surrounding evaluation, selecting the appropriate type of evaluation design, methodological issues, steps involved in conducting an evaluation, communicating evaluation results, and ensuring that evaluation findings are used by intended users.

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Instructors
Maggie Walsh
2018 Summer
P H 0700F.02 Seminar: Health Disparities

Describe how race and ethnicity are defined in the public health literature and the strengths and limitations of the definitions.
Describe the epidemiology of health disparities in the United States
Describe examples of disparities in health care access and quality for minority populations
Describe the relationship between socioeconomic status and health
Use a statewide dataset to analyze, draw conclusions, and report on health disparities in a specific content area.
Correctly describe two significant health issues each for African-Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic/Latinos.
Describe one or more examples of successful interventions designed to address health disparities in specific populations.

Course Date(s)
July 23 - September 14
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2018 Fall
P H 0700F.03 Seminar: Women, Children, & Adolescent Health

During this course, students will examine issues related to the health of mothers, children, and adolescents in the United States. Students will learn to think about these issues using life course, cultural/social constructivist, and ecological perspectives. For each topic discussed, students will investigate epidemiology; causes and social determinants; disparities and health inequities; the impact of the issue on individuals, families, communities, and culture; and public health interventions designed to address these issues.

Prerequisites: Public Health 601, 602, and 603.

Course Date(s)
September 24 - November 16
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Instructors
Martha Crowe
2018 Fall
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.

Course Date(s)
November 26 - January 25
September 24 - November 16
July 23 - September 14
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Instructors
Emily Schmied
2018 Fall
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)
November 26 - January 25
September 24 - November 16
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Instructors
Emily Schmied
2018 Fall
P H 0799A Thesis

Preparation of a project or thesis for the master’s degree
Prerequisites: An officially appointed thesis committee and advancement to candidacy

Course Date(s)
November 26 - January 25
September 24 - November 16
July 23 - September 14
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