Health Promotion Sciences

The Graduate Program in Allied Health (G.P.A.H.) offers two graduate degrees in health promotion sciences: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Promotion Sciences. Graduates of our programs acquire the knowledge and skills to advance our understanding of the role of behavioral, social, and environmental influences in chronic diseases and conditions and to apply the principles and practices of health promotion and health behavior change to create innovative solutions for current and emerging health challenges. The graduates of the M.S. program are employed in public health, community-based treatment and health care, worksite, and research settings. The graduates of the Ph.D. program are trained in more research-focused careers in academic settings but could also be leaders in a variety of professional settings, including industry, public health, work-site, and non-profit settings. The graduate programs offer students competitive graduate research and teaching assistantships, individualized programs of study, and opportunities for expanded roles in health promotion, health care, and research. Courses included on the approved program of study must achieve a grade of “B-” or higher. Students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 per term to be in good standing. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the graduate programs in Health Promotion Sciences have the following requirements listed below.

M.S. in Health Promotion Sciences

May be earned under either of two plans. Both meet the minimum requirement of 30 credits completed. Plan A (Thesis track) emphasizes research and requires at least 24 credits of advanced course work and completion of a master’s thesis. Plan B (Project and Practicum Track) requires a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, at least 26 credits of advanced course work, and completion of a project and a practicum. Students in both plans work with their major advisor to assemble a graduate advisory committee and develop the plan of study and research agenda culminating in the writing and oral defense of a thesis (Plan A) or in the project/practicum (Plan B). Students must satisfy the University standards and degree requirements, and pass a comprehensive examination administered under the auspices of the advisory committee.

Requirements: The plan of study includes courses in the following two domains.

Health Promotion: AH 5319, 6305, and 6324, totaling nine credits.

Research: AH 5005, 6005, and 6306, totaling nine credits.

Elective courses from Allied Health Sciences and other schools or colleges across campus are used to develop depth in an area of health promotion sciences (e.g., statistical modeling/evidence-analysis, behavioral and environment change interventions, genetics and diagnostics).

Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences

A four-year advanced, applied and research-oriented degree based on synergy between major areas – behavioral and environmental change interventions, diet and physical activity across the lifespan, genetics/diagnostics and statistical modeling sciences—to promote health and prevent diseases in a variety of settings and for diverse individuals. Doctoral students normally enter in the fall semester.

Requirements: A minimum of 48 credits in the following domains.

Health Promotion Core: AH 5700, 6181, 6305, 6324, and 6421, totaling 15 credits.

Methodology and Statistics: AH 5005, 6005, and 6306, totaling nine credits.

Cognate Courses Supportive of Knowledge/Skills and Dissertation Research: Elective courses from Allied Health Sciences and other schools or colleges across campus are selected to develop depth in an area of health promotion sciences related to the student’s dissertation research (e.g., statistical modeling/evidence-analysis, behavioral and environment change interventions, genetics and diagnostics), totaling nine credits.

Developing Research and Academic Teaching Skills and Competence: AH 6184, and 6422, totaling six credits.

The student and their doctoral committee jointly determine the specific program of doctoral study in health promotion science. This process allows for designing plans of study uniquely suited to each person’s particular needs and career goals.

Doctoral General Exam/Dissertation. The goal of the general examination is to assure that all students have acquired and can effectively communicate the breadth and depth of the field. The general examination contains a written component and oral examination of the written component as well as the dissertation proposal and oral defense of the dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal is reviewed by an expert in the field external to the University.

The programs are offered by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.