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Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, M.P.H.

Arnold School of Public Health

Prepare for a professional career in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion and education programs in a variety of practice settings like health departments, communities or schools.

Become an effective advocate for positive change, finding ways to improve public health that are cost-effective and embedded in community structures and culture for lasting impact. An online program is available for those with two years of post-baccalaureate professional experience. A dual degree with social work is offered as well. Complete the program in person or 100% online at any time.

Program Highlights

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    Nationally Accredited

    Learn in a program redesigned in 2019 to meet the new accreditation criteria of the Council on Education for Public Health.

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    Learn by Doing

    Apply your classroom learning in real scenarios under the supervision of a faculty advisor and site preceptor.

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    Passionate Faculty

    Enjoy smaller class sizes and one-on-one interactions with faculty members who are leaders in their respective fields.

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    Study vulnerable populations, including adolescents, women, veterans, ethnic groups and the LGBTQIA+ community.

What You’ll Study

Apply the social and behavioral sciences to improve public health. Use quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand attitudes and behaviors. Plan, implement and evaluate programs that promote informed decision-making and health behavior change in individuals and communities.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Evaluate Policies

    Examining their impact and effectiveness in achieving specific goals or objectives

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes

    Interprofessional Collaboration

    Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Specialist
  • Health Programs Manager
  • Health Consultant
  • Evaluation Coordinator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Registered Nurse
  • Health Educator
  • Program Manager

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $87,551

Workplace Settings

  • Health-Related Nonprofit Organizations
  • Consulting Firms
  • Local and State Health Departments
  • Worksite Wellness
  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Make the most of your program by seeking opportunities for involvement, which can lead to work experience, networking, resume building and more. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do; you have time to try different things and explore multiple options during your program.

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