Health Education/Health Promotion


Why study Health Education/Health Promotion?

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) is one of the largest programs of Public Health in the tri-state region. Our public health program is designed to educate students on how 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 offers concentrations in the following subjects:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental public health
  • Health education and promotion
  • Health services management
  • Occupational public health

Our program offers robust training in the classroom and the field and gives students experience in policy and research opportunities.

In our master’s degree, the skills gained in the UC MPH Program are recognized as being directly applicable to careers in public health worldwide. Our graduate program teaches competencies such as analyzing policies, preventing and controlling environmental hazards, and risk management, to name a few, to prepare well developed and knowledgeable graduates for a thriving career in public health.

This Health Education/Health Promotion concentration is housed in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technolgy, and is in partnership with UC's College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Thus, providing a relevant curriculum to today’s public health needs and crisis from professionals and academics in the field.

Admission Requirements

In making admissions decisions, the admissions committee takes into account many different factors and qualities presented by each applicant. 

Other specific requirements include:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution 
  • Official GREGMAT, or MCAT scores 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 University of Cincinnati Graduate Admissions 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 UC Graduate Admissions with instructions on how to complete the application process and pay your UC application fee (required).

The Health Education/Health Promotion 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.

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. 

For international admissions requirements, please visit our website.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester - August 15

Spring Semester - December 15

Summuer Semester - May 1

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Master of Public Health degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18MAS-HEHP18-MPH