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.

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 for Public Health (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Cultural Issues in Health Promotion (3 credits)
  Statistical Reasoning in Public Health (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)  


Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

MPHO-672: Policy and Politics in Public Health (3 credit hours) - fall
MPHO-691: Grant Writing for Public Health Practice (3 credit hours) - spring
MPHO-695: Topics – Health Disparities and Social Justice 3 credit hours) - spring
Other electives as 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.

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.