Health Behavior and Health Promotion

The goal of Health Behavior and Health Promotion is to enable people to increase control over and improve their health.

The field of health promotion seeks to develop the capacity of communities, organizations, and individuals to establish conditions in which people can be healthy. Practitioners work with organizations in the development of programs, policies, and environments that enable health.

The College of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Recommended Preparation
Applicants should complete academic programs that allow them to develop good analytical and communication skills. Students are admitted from a wide variety of majors. Ideally, the applicant's record includes demonstrated excellence in the social and/or health sciences as well as coursework in quantitative methods. Applicants should also have work and/or volunteer experience that contributes to their career interests in health behavior and health promotion. Typically, successful MPH applicants should demonstrate a record of good grades (GPA>3.2), GRE scores (>50th percentile in verbal and quantitative; >4.0 analytical writing), good recommendations and a strong personal statement.

Successful PhD applicants would normally have an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.4 on a 4-point scale; GRE quantitative and verbal scores above the 60th percentile and analytical writing score above 4.0; strong recommendations from people familiar with your academic potential; and a match with faculty research interest

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.