San Diego State University's fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science is offered through the SDSU School of Public Health, and administered by SDSU World Campus.
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).
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
- 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)
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
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.
Please ensure that you are signing up for the correct course section for your cohort.
|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 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
|8||PH 667 Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases
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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.
Prerequisite: Consent of staff, to be arranged with the director and instructor.