Health Behavior and Health Promotion - Master of Public Health

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.

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


Erin Madden, MPH Candidate '16
I have really enjoyed my time in the MPH program at Ohio State because of the hands-on opportunities in the field of public health. My summer was spent completing two practicum opportunities in my home state of Michigan where I was able to explore and practice the skills I learned during the first year of the MPH program. I have also been able to take electives that allow me to get out of the classroom and into the field. My favorite part of the program has been building connections and working with the group of successful fellow students that make up my cohort. 



Program of Study

The MPH-HBHP curriculum consists of a minimum of 45 credits organized into five curricular domains:
1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (15 credits)
2. Courses required for a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion (20 credits)
3. Elective courses approved for the specialization (4 credits)
4. Practicum (2 credits minimum)
5. Culminating project and Culminating Project Seminar (4 credits)

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 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.

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

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