Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multi-disciplinary professional degree program for graduate level practical training. It provides grounding in foundational public health knowledge and core competencies, as well as depth of training in areas of specialized public health practice. The MPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences teaches students how to analyze public health problems using social and behavioral sciences and how to develop, plan, and evaluate effective programs and policies to address these problems.
The MPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences prepares students to:
- Analyze the determinants of health at individual, community, and societal levels and the systems in which these factors operate.
- Conceptualize and implement appropriate interventions to improve health outcomes and improve quality of life.
- Apply behavioral theories, concepts, and tools in addressing health problems in different populations and at different levels.
- Judge appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods at various stages of health promotion program development, implementation, and evaluation.
- Develop and defend communication materials to inform policymakers and community members.
- Apply program management principles and tools to develop a program management plan, organize resources and work, and address frequently encountered problems.
The program has several major academic components:
- The introductory Integrated MPH Core classes, along with students of all MPH concentrations, for exposure to foundational principles and methods in public health practice
- Required and elective concentration coursework in health promotion and community health sciences theory and methods
- The potential for additional public health related elective course work.
Though the MPH is a non-thesis degree program, it includes culminating experiences:
- A practicum that provides an applied practical experience with a field-based preceptor, for students to demonstrate overall public health and concentration focused problem-solving skills
- A capstone integrative learning experience for students to bring together and apply foundational and concentration competencies, including production of a high-quality written professional product.
Effective public health professionals must work across multiple disciplines and systems to address population health problems. All MPH students are expected to participate in an interprofessional team practical activity during their degree programs. See the IPE Learning Opportunities at the Texas A&M Health Office of Interprofessional Education and Research.
An individual with a baccalaureate degree or a physician licensed to practice medicine in the United States may apply for admission to the program. No coursework prerequisites exist for making a successful application to this degree program.
Students can complete the MPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at the main campus in College Station, TX or at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen, TX.