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.

New curriculum in 2018

We will be implementing our new MPH integrated interdisciplinary core courses in Fall 2018. New core courses will be required for all MPH students admitted to our seven degree specializations. The total credits required for each specialization will not change. All students will complete 15 credits of core courses in the first two terms of the degree program.

The first course, SPH 530 This is Public Health, will be completed on campus during the last week of August and first week of September. All students are required to complete this course on campus. Orientation will be integrated into this two-week period. In 2018, SPH 530 starts August 27 and ends September 7.

Students in the MPH program in health promotion can complete all remaining degree requirements by distance by using online technology.

In addition to the MPH core courses (*24), students must complete the following for a total of (*42).

Specialization Courses (*12)

SPH 501 - Determinants of Health (*3)
SPH 517 - Strategies in Health Promotion Practice (*3)
SPH 518 - Psychosocial Perspectives on Health (*3)

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

Approved Elective Courses (*6)

(*6) of graduate-level courses approved by the student's academic advisor.

Length of Program

The minimum time to complete the MPH degree is 20 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (part- or full-time) from the date of first registration.