Health Promotion Track

Recommended Prerequisites

The MPH Program students applying to the Health Promotion Track have no specific prerequisites beyond those of the general application, although work, internships, or volunteer work in health promotion, health education, or community public health are highly recommended.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

1st Year Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit) Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) Health Promotion Education Methods and Materials (3 credits)
  Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Cultural Issues in Health Promotion (3 credits)
  Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)  
   Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)    
2nd Year Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)

Practicum (3 credits)

  Social Marketing (3 credits) Capstone (3 credits)  
  Elective (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)  

Core Requirements (25 Credit Hours)

All MPH graduate students are required to take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit hours)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
  • Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • Community Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)

Track Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Students in this track are required to take the following Health Promotion Track core courses:

HPRO-650: Health Promotion and Education Methods and Materials (3 credit hours)
HPRO-660: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
HPRO-670: Cultural Issues in Health Promotion and Education (3 credit hours)
MPHO-630: Social Marketing for Health Populations (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

MPHO-672: Policy and Politics in Public Health (3 credit hours)
MPHO-691: Grant Writing for Public Health Practice (3 credit hours)
MPHO-695: Topics – Health Disparities (3 credit hours)
Other elective courses as approved by faculty advisor.

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year. Full-time students are expected to take six credits in the summer term and nine credits in the spring and fall terms. With this schedule, the required 43 credit hours can be completed in two years.  Part-time students are required to complete the degree within 6 years of their start date, and may take one or more courses per semester, as desired. All students are paired with an Academic Advisor.

Many MPH core courses, track courses, electives, and the culminating courses have a distance learning option.  These courses are presented in either a televised, video streamed, hybrid, or asynchronous web-based format. 

Career Opportunities

Whether a new graduate, an adult currently employed in the public health sector or someone desiring a career change, MPH graduates in Health Promotion can expect to find numerous employment options in local, state and federal public health agencies, as well as with private industry, consulting firms and not-for-profit organizations. A Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Health Promotion opens up a world of possibilities.

Class Location

Classes are held in the evenings or on Saturdays, to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Many of the courses are offered as distance learning classes, with some televised to various ODU remote sites.