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Health Education/Health Promotion
What is Health Education/Health Promotion?
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program in the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine is one of the largest Programs of Public Health in the tri-state region. Our mission is to promote health, prevent disease, and protect the environment of our communities, locally and beyond, through evidence-based interdisciplinary approaches in education, research, practice, and community engagement.
The MPH program, housed in UC Department of Environmental Health with collaborations throughout the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, offers concentrations in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental public health, occupational public health, health services management, and health education and promotion. It offers robust training in the classroom and the field and gives students experience in policy and research opportunities.
As a core professional degree, skills gained through the UC MPH Program are recognized as being directly applicable to public health practice and careers worldwide. The UC MPH Program uses these competencies to guide the development of our curriculum and course specific learning objectives. The core public health competencies (and the primary course where they are addressed) include:
- Analyze policy options and write clear and concise policy statements. (PH 7060: Health Policy).
- Translate policy into organizational plans, structures, and programs. (PH 7060: Health Policy).
- Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, place, and time. (PH 7030: Epidemiology).
- Select and apply appropriate measures of association to draw appropriate public health inferences. (PH 7030: Epidemiology).
- Estimate population health parameters using point and interval estimation (PH 7010: Biostatistics).
- Perform hypothesis tests using population means or proportions to address public health questions. (PH 7010: Biostatistics).
- Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety (PH 7020: Environmental Health).
- Demonstrate an understanding of risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity (PH 7020: Environmental Health).
- Describe how social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors contribute to specific individual and community health outcomes (HPE 7040: Social and Behavioral Health).
- Apply the principles of community-based participatory research to improve health in diverse populations. (HPE 7040: Social and Behavioral Health).
The Health Education Concentration prepares students for health education positions within public health agencies, voluntary health agencies, business and industry, and healthcare associated organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Graduates of the concentration will also demonstrate the capacity and motivation to develop Health Education programs and take leadership roles within organizations promoting the public’s health using their knowledge and skills to function as effective health education professionals.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
This program offers opportunities to interact with our internationally recognized faculty and leading public health professionals in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Health network, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), regional and local health departments, and more. Additionally, the UC MPH program offers a robust training in the field. You will gain experience in policy and research and be prepared to evaluate, preserve, and improve different aspects of the public’s health. The learning environment is experiential so that students are immersed in the realities of public health practice. In the classroom, students are taught the principles of the five disciplines comprising public health by active public health faculty researchers and practitioners. Enhancing and supporting this classroom work are both a practicum and a culminating experience at a public health associated agency. These required experiences can be completed at either a health department or associated public health related organization directly addressing the health of the public.
The Admissions Committee takes into account many factors from the full application for admissions decisions.
Other specific requirements include:
- GPA 3.0 or higher
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores should be in the 50th percentile or higher
MPH Admissions Process
When applying, please note:
First submit your SOPHAS application. After your SOPHAS application is complete and verified, you will receive an email from the University of Cincinnati Graduate School with further instructions to complete the application process.
Step 1: Apply to SOPHAS
Apply to SOPHAS for admission to the University of Cincinnati MPH Program. You will need to select your concentration area of interest and pay the SOPHAS application fee. [Required]
You will need the following to complete your SOPHAS application:
- CV or resume
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives
- Unofficial transcripts for ALL higher education institutions attended; *International transcripts must be evaluated by WES
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- GRE, GMAT, and/or MCAT scores
You must send the following documents directly to SOPHAS for verification:
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- GRE, GMAT, and/or MCAT scores (UC SOPHAS CODE: 7479)
- MCAT scores can be sent directly to SOPHAS by choosing SOPHAS.
- For international students, official TOEFL or IELTS scores (SOPHAS CODE: 5688)
Step 2: Pay the UC Application Fee [Required]
After your SOPHAS Application is submitted, you will receive an email from the UC Graduate School with instructions on how to complete the application process and pay your UC application fee (required).
Applicants recommended for admission may be interviewed prior to a final admissions determination.
International Student Requirements
International students must take the TOEFL exam and submit official scores directly from the testing agency of a minimum of 600 (paper) 250 (computer) or 100 (internet) to be considered for the program.
Master of Public Health Degree in Health Education/Health Promotion
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267
Phone: (513) 558-5777