Health Promotion Track

Recommended Prerequisites

The MPH Health Promotion Track has no specific prerequisites, although work, internships, or volunteer work in health promotion, health education, or community public health are highly recommended.

Course Sequence | Educational Format | Career Opportunities

Full Time Course Sequence

Year 1

Fall Semester | 10 Credits  

MPH 600 Introduction to Public Health 1 Credit
MPH 611 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health 3 Credits
MPH 612 Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 3 Credits 
MPHE615 Public Health Administration and Management 3 Credits 

Spring Semester | 9 Credits  

MPH 613 Principles of Environmental Health Science 3 Credits 
MPH 614  Principles of Epidemiology 3 Credits 
MPH 779 Introduction to Research Methods 3 Credits

Summer Semester | 6 Credits  

HPRO 650 Health Promotion and Education Methods 3 Credits
HPRO 670 Cultural Issues in Health Promotion and Education 3 Credits

Year 2  

Fall Semester | 9 Credits  

HPRO 660 Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Credits
MPHO630 Social Marketing for Health Populations 3 Credits
*Elective   3 Credits

Spring Semester | 9 Credits

MPH 750 Community Practicum 3 Credits
MPH 770 Capstone Seminar 3 Credits
*Elective   3 Credits


HPRO 672 Policy & Politics in Public Health [Fall Semester] 3 Credits
MPHO691 Grant Writing for Public Health Practice [Spring] 3 Credits
MPHO695 Topics - Health Disparities and Social Justice [Spring] 3 Credits
*Other courses approved by faculty advisor

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year (fall, spring, summer). Full-time students are expected to take 6 credits in the summer term and 9 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.

Classes are held in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School or Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Many of the MPH courses have a distance learning option, and are presented in either a televised, video-streamed, hybrid, or asynchronous web-based format.

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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.

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