MPH Programs

MPH Health Promotion

Health promotion and socio-behavioural health involves investigating how the actions of individuals, groups, organizations and communities promote health, prevent disease and foster informed decision-making on health risks.

Our master of public health (MPH) program in health promotion is designed to train practitioners to identify and analyze the major personal, cultural, and socio-environmental determinants of health and health behavior.

In partnership with local, regional, and national stakeholders, we train MPH students to design, implement, and evaluate social and behavioral interventions and social policies aimed at improving individual, community, and population health. We are proud of our longstanding commitment to effective participation and collaboration with non-academic practitioners and policy makers across government (e.g., health, social services, education, urban planning) and with a variety of non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups.

Graduates from this program become health promotion specialists working inside and outside government to improve the health of communities.

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program.

SPH 500 - Introduction to Health Policy and Management (*3)
SPH 501 - Determinants of Health (*3)
SPH 514 - Introduction to Environmental Health (*3)
SPH 531 - Statistical Methods in Health Research (*3)
SPH 597 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology for Public Health (*3)
SPH 598 - Field Practicum (*6)
SPH 599 - Capping Project (*3)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 504 - Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation (*3)
    or SPH 631- Health Program Evaluation (*3)

SPH 517 - Strategies in Health Promotion Practice (*3)

SPH 518 - Psychosocial Perspectives on Health (*3)

SPH 623 - Qualitative and Community-Based Approaches in Health Research (*3)
   or one of the following: 
INTD 540 - Principles of Qualitative Inquiry (*3)
   INTD 560 - Selected Topics in Nursing (*3)
   EDPY 503 - Qualitative Methods of Education Research (*3)


Students are required to complete *6 of graduate level coursework, approved by their advisor. For more information, see Electives.

Length of Program

This program will take a minimum of 24 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (full or part time) from the date of first registration. This program can also be completed via distance delivery on a part-time basis.