The Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education (MPH-CHE) prepares health and human service professionals to serve in various settings where community health education approaches are employed to improve health and well being. This practitioner-oriented nationally accredited program addresses behavioral theory, communication and motivational processes, community intervention strategies, and evaluation procedures for community health promotion and primary prevention. As a culminating experience, students complete a thesis or graduate project in health education. One of two options is selected by the candidate: Plan A, which includes a master's thesis, or Plan B, the non-thesis option. Each option requires the same core courses. Graduate students from other programs are not allowed to enroll in health education graduate courses unless departmental approval has been given. The first degree of its kind offered in the UW System, the MPH-CHE has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health since 1992.
Graduates are prepared to:
- assess individual and community health needs
- plan effective health education and health promotion programs
- implement and evaluate educational experiences
- coordinate and manage the provisions of health education services
- serve as resource people in health education
- communicate health and health education needs, concerns, and resources
- conduct health education and promotion research
- apply research principles and strategies in health education
- manage and supervise health education programs in various settings
- address public health issues
Graduates are employed in:
- public health agencies
- volunteer and private agencies
- hospitals and other health care settings
- local, state, and national governmental agencies
- business and industrial settings
1. Students must complete the Graduate Admissions application form and specific MPH-CHE admission materials to be returned to the Admissions Office by February 15. Following review of the admissions materials by the departmental review committee, a letter of decision will be sent to the applicant.
2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 based on a minimum of 60 final semester credits or a cumulative post-baccalaureate GPA of not less than 3.00 based on not less than nine semester credits as determined by the graduate program director in the department of health education and health promotion.
3. A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score percentile at or above 70 for the general test scores for verbal and qualitative measures and a minimum of 3.5 for the analytical measure are strongly recommended.
4. Three current (within one year) letters of recommendation on the forms provided.
5. One letter of application and intent that details your:
- academic goals within the MPH program
- professional goals
- previous professional experiences
- reasons for selecting an MPH degree program (vs. MS or other master's degree)
- reasons for wanting to be a community health educator
- special interests within the field of community health education
6. A minimum of one year of voluntary or salaried post-baccalaureate work experience in one or more health or social service settings is strongly recommended.
7. A departmental review committee will assess all submitted materials, to include an interview when necessary. It is important to note that one's acceptance or non-acceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of the above items, and is not based solely on any particular element.
Prerequisite competency requirements as determined by program director: Community health: CHE 340, and 498; and one or more of the health-related sciences: CHM 100, 103, 417, BIO 103, 105, MIC 100, 120, and ESS 205 or BIO 312, and ESS 206 or BIO 313; and one social and behavioral science: SOC 110, 120, 334, PSY 100, 210, 212, 280, 320, 334, 343; and statistics/research design: CHE 350, MTH 145, PSY 231, 420, SOC 250.