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About Health Education and Promotion

The Health Education and Promotion MPH degree emphasizes the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life span. Learn to promote and sustain healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations.

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must meet these minimum requirements.

  • Complete online application.
  • Pay the $55 application fee.
  • Provide transcripts for all college/university credits.
  • Include a statement of purpose in your online application.
  • Score at least in the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA for the last 60 semester (90 quarter) credit hours.
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least two should come from faculty members).

Students from any accredited undergraduate major are invited to apply. Applicants are expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.

Applicants with four years or more of paid public health experience may submit a waiver for the entrance exam. Waivers should include both:

  1. a resume focused on your public health work experience including public health employment history, position titles and dates at each public health agency
  2. a one-page letter addressed to the Health Education and Promotion MPH director that describes your public health experience, the scope of your responsibilities, the number of people you supervised, and the reach of your influence. Waivers can be submitted for review as a supplemental item after the application fee has been paid.

Application materials received by the deadlines listed below will be given full consideration. Late applicants will be considered for admissions on a space available basis or may be deferred to a later semester.

Domestic Students

  • Fall Semester Start: July 1
  • Spring Semester Start: October 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester Start: May 1
  • Spring Semester Start: October 1

Assistantship Deadlines: Logan based students who are interested in applying for assistantships must do so by March 1st.

Assistantship Application

Students who complete a MPH degree in Health Education and Promotion can seek out diverse positions in public health organizations that offer opportunities for leadership roles, professional development, and higher pay and benefits.

These organizations include:

  • Local, state, and federal health agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health care organizations
  • Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Community social service organizations
  • International health programs and aid agencies

Potential positions for MPH graduates include:

  • Epidemiologist/Statistician
  • Disaster and emergency specialist
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Public health educator
  • Public health nurse
  • Medical social worker

USU Online Students Research Health Issues in Thailand for Study Abroad

  • 5 online students in the Master of Public Health: Health Education and Promotion program went on a study abroad trip to Chang Mai, Thailand on May 4-20, 2019
  • Steve R. Hawks, EdD, MBA lead the trip, a Moab-based USU professor who teaches 2 classes with a global health focus in this program.
  • The 2-week trip was built into the first summer session, and was preceded by a non-credit prep course through spring semester.
  • This was the first study abroad trip as an MPH program, which was launched Fall 2018, and was preceded only by an undergraduate Public Health cohort’s visit to Cambodia.
  • During this prep course, students and faculty met every other week for 4 months (a total of 8 times), and looked at things like Thai language, expectations in terms of dress, or behavior. The students also picked a topic related to health issues that Thailand deals with, which they researched, wrote a situational analysis, and then prepared a final paper on.
  • The issues they studied covered wide range of topics relevant to Thailand, like hygiene issues and communicable diseases, tropical disease management, as well as suicide & mental health issues.
  • Throughout those two weeks, the student group spent their mornings at a local orphanage, then visited different healthcare or public health agencies each afternoon, where the students presented and discussed the topics they had prepared with local staff and management.
  • Communication was facilitated by Pong Sewart Niwomca, a retired Chang Mai University professor who facilitated day-to-day translation.
  • Prof. Niwomca put them in touch with other NGOs and humanitarian groups interested in promoting health education, and provided them with the opportunity to visit the Chiang Mai International Rotary’s Mae Tao Clinic dedicated to providing child protection and education to Rohingya refugees, among others.
  • For future trips, Hawks would like to identify ways to overcome language barriers, and have a greater impact on the communities they visit.
Read about the trip
The USU Health Education and Promotion MPH is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation review will address the HEP MPH degree only. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. Please see the CEPH website to learn more about the applicant and accreditation process.

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