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 additional information please email mph.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-0845.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
$30,000
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
18 Months
Course Format Course Format
Online

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

  • Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • 18-month program, fully online
  • 51 units, including 3 units (180 hours) of internship or practical field experience
  • Two 3-unit courses per eight-week session
  • Course lectures are pre-recorded, allowing students to work at their own pace and around their work and family schedules
  • One-week break between sessions
  • Low cost: $562 per unit (subject to change)

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

Application Information

Applications for Fall 2020 are available October 1, 2019 and close April 1, 2020.
For instructions on how to apply, visit SDSU’s MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Online.

Course Sequences

Please ensure that you are signing up for the correct course section for your cohort.

Session Course 19SU 19FA 20SP 20SU
1 PH 661 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion
PH 666 Health Promotion Program Planning & Assessment
  Cohort 3    
2 PH 602 Biostatistics
PH 662 Motivating Health Behavior
  Cohort 3    
3 PH 601 Epidemiology
PH 607 Research Methods
    Cohort 3  
4 PH 605 Health Services Administration
PH 663 Health Communication
    Cohort 3  
5 PH 604 Environmental Determinants of Human Health
PH 672 Public Health Program Evaluation
Cohort 2     Cohort 3
6 PH 650R Required Community Field Practice
PH 700F Health Disparities
PH 762 Behavioral Medicine
Cohort 2     Cohort 3
7 PH700A Migration and Global Health
PH 700F Women, Children, & Adolescent Health
Thesis/Capstone
  Cohort 2    
8 PH 667 Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases
Thesis/Capstone
  Cohort 2    

 

Labor Analysis
MPH — Master of Public Health Graduate — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months
85,551

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+12.80%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Average
$49,000-$110,000

 

Courses

2019 Summer2019 Fall2020 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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LaRee Tracy
2019 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)
October 28 - December 20
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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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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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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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2019 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 23 - January 24
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Instructors
Emily Schmied
2019 Fall
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)
August 26 - October 17
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Instructors
Emily Schmied
2019 Fall
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)
October 28 - December 20
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Instructors
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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John Elder
2019 Fall
P H 0666 Health Promotion Program Planning and Assessment
Program planning and assessment, theories, systems and procedures relevant to health promotion and education.
Course Date(s)
August 26 - October 17
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Instructors
Jessica Haughton
2019 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 25 - January 24
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P H 0672 Public Health Program Evaluation
Activities, processes, and skills to include communicating results, contextual issues, design, methods, steps, and ensuring summative findings are used.
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Jennifer Felner
2019 Fall
P H 0700A.01 Seminar: Migration and 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 23 - November 15
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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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Maggie Walsh
P H 0700F.02 Seminar: Health Disparities

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • 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.
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2019 Fall
P H 0700F.03 Seminar: Women, Children, and 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 23 - November 15
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Instructors
Martha Crowe
P H 0762 Behavioral Medicine
Behavioral management approaches to health care problems. Diseases and conditions that arise from physical, psychological and environmental causes; behavioral interventions that attenuate disease process and improve compliance.
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2019 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 25 - January 24
September 23 - November 15
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Instructors
Emily Schmied
2019 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 25 - January 24
September 23 - November 15
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Instructors
Emily Schmied
2019 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 25 - January 24
September 23 - November 15
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