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Health, Behavior and Society

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Health Education & Health Communication

The MSPH program in Health Education and Health Communication is designed for individuals seeking specialized formal academic training in health education, health promotion and health communication.

The program equips students with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for careers in these areas. The curriculum emphasizes health promotion, education and communication strategies for working with individuals, organizations and communities. Please view the curriculum and program competencies.

A solid foundation in behavioral sciences principles and theories is provided, along with advanced skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation. While the curriculum consists of a number of required courses, students are also provided with adequate flexibility to select among numerous electives. Electives can be used to complete certificate programs in selected areas.

The program consists of one academic year of coursework and a minimum six-month field placement experience. The full-time field placement is designed to provide students with an opportunity, under supervision, to apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to real health education, promotion and communication practice.

Students conclude the program by producing a final paper that critically evaluates an activity or activities performed during the field placement. Part-time applicants are welcome in this program. Students who successfully complete this degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists.

Student Handbook

Download the Department of Health, Behavior and Society MSPH Student Handbook for 2018-2019.

State-specific Information for Online and Externship Programs

Students in the MSPH program currently cannot conduct field placements in Kentucky. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.