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

The MSPH degree in Health Education and Health Communication offers 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 develops skills in: understanding social and behavior change; developing, implementing and evaluating programs; and advocating and communicating effectively with individuals, organizations, communities, and policymakers.

Example job titles in this field include (but are not limited to):

  • Communications Specialist
  • Research Program Coordinator
  • Training Manager
  • Patient Outreach Coordinator
  • Evaluation Specialist
  • Program Director
  • Population Health Research Associate
  • Grants officer

The program, completed in one-and-one half to two years, consists of one academic year of coursework, a minimum six-month field placement experience, and a practice-based proposal. 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-world health education, promotion and communication practice.

Part-time applicants are welcome in this program.

Please view the curriculum and program competencies. A solid foundation in social and behavioral science principles and theories is provided, along with advanced skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation. The program provides a solid mix of both required courses and electives, thus providing students with significant flexibility to to tailor the program to their career interests. Electives can also be used to complete certificate programs in selected areas.

Students conclude the program by producing a practice-based proposal on a topic relevant to their field placement. Students who successfully complete this degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists.

Application Deadline: March 1

Learn How to Apply

Student Handbook

View the Department of Health, Behavior and Society's MSPH Student Handbook.  

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.