Health Promotion Track

Health behavior scientists or health promotion professionals have been respected members of the public health team since the late 1880’s. They hold positions at every level in organizations that promote and practice public health and health care. The Health Promotion track will provide graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to be successful in this expanding field of work. Health behavior scientists are successful and productive in both public and private settings including local, district, and state health departments, the federal government, not-for-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, and local and national foundations.

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 
MPHE 615 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
MPHO 670 Cultural Issues in Health Promotion and Education 3 Credits
 

Year 2  

Fall Semester | 9 Credits  

MPHO 661 Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Credits
MPHO 630 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
 

*Electives

MPHO 673 Policy & Politics in Public Health 3 Credits
MPHO 691 Grant Writing for Public Health Practice 3 Credits
MPHO 641 Health Disparities and Social Justice 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 taught online and on-campus in the evenings on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School or Old Dominion University to accommodate working professionals. Distance learning options are presented either in an asynchronous web-based or live video-streamed 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. Health Promotion graduates are health managers, program directors, and health behavior scientists in these fields. As professionals they work to change behavior and ultimately prevent diseases and injuries that encompass a broad range of health issues. A Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Health Promotion opens up a world of possibilities.

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