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 MPH-610: Introduction to Public Health Practice (3 credits) MPH-613: Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) MPH-767: Introduction to Public Health Project Methods (2 credits)
  MPH-611: Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) MPH-614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) MPHO-650: Health Promotion Education Methods and Materials (3 credits)
  MPH-612: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) MPHE-615: Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)  HPRO-660: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
2nd Year MPH-768: Practicum (2 credits)

MPH-771: Capstone Seminar (2 credits)

  HPRO-670: Cultural Issues in Health Promotion (3 credits)

HPRO Electives: CHOOSE TWO (3 credits each):

Policy and Politics of Public Health, Health Disparities and Social Justice, Grant Writing

  MPHO-630: Social Marketing (3 credits)



Core Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

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

MPH-610: Introduction to Public Health Practice (3 credit hours)
MPH-611: Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
MPH-612: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
MPH-613: Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
MPH-614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
MPH-615: Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
MPH-767: Introduction to Project Methods (2 credit hours)
MPH-768: Community Practicum (2 credit hours)
MPH-771: Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours)

Track Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Students in this track are required to take the following Environmental Health 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-630: Social Marketing for Health Populations (3 credit hours)
MPHO-650: Global Health Issues (3 credit hours)
MPHO-672: Policy and Politics in Public Health (3 credit hours)
MPHO-687: Legal Aspects of Health Services (3 credit hours)
MPHO-691: Grant Writing for Public Health Practice (3 credit hours)
MPHO-695: Topics – Health Disparities (3 credit hours)

Educational Format

The educational program includes 42 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 42 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, Health Promotion track courses, electives, and the culminating courses have a distance learning option.  These courses are presented in either a televised, video streamed, hybrid, or 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.