Health Behavior and Health Promotion - Master of Public Health

Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS) iconThe 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.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.

Jimmy NashWhile my ultimate goal is to become a physician, having this degree in my toolbox will make me a more well-rounded clinician.

Jimmy Nash, MPH Student, Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Program of Study

The MPH-Health Behavior and Health Promotion curriculum consists of a minimum of 45 credits organized into five curricular domains:

  1. Integrated Foundational courses in public health (12 credits)
  2. Courses required for a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion (19 credits)
  3. Approved track coursework** (8 credits)
  4. Applied Practice Experience (2 credits minimum)
  5. Integrative Learning Experience Seminar and Integrative Learning Experience (4 credits)

**Division faculty have identified clusters of approved electives, called "tracks". Students select courses within an approved track, for a total of 8 credits. Details about the tracks and included courses are provided in the MPH curriculum guide.

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to The Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

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 interest in health behavior and health promotion.

Typically, successful MPH applicants should demonstrate a record of good grades (GPA ≥ 3.2), successful completion of both an undergraduate statistics course and a social and behavorial health course, good recommendations and a strong personal statement.

Health Behavior and Health Promotion Brochure

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