The MSPH degree in Health Education and Health Communication offers specialized formal academic training in health education, health promotion, and health communication.
The program equips students with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for careers in these areas. The curriculum develops skills in: understanding social and behavior change; developing, implementing, and evaluating programs; and advocating and communicating effectively with individuals, organizations, communities, and policymakers.
Example job titles in this field include (but are not limited to):
Research Programme Coordinator
Patient Outreach Coordinator
Population Health Research Associate
The program, completed in one-and-one-half to two years, consists of one academic year of coursework, a minimum six-month field placement experience, and a practice-based proposal. The full-time field placement is designed to provide students with an opportunity, under supervision, to apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to real-world health education, promotion, and communication practice.
Part-time applicants are welcome in this program.
Students conclude the program by producing a practice-based proposal on a topic relevant to their field placement. Students who successfully complete this degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists.
Students must complete a minimum of 64 credits, which includes both required (see table below) and elective courses, in order to become eligible for the field placement. The field placement (minimum of six months) provides students with an opportunity, under supervision, to apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to professional health education, promotion, and communication practice.
Health Education and Health Communication Requirements
410.600 Fundamentals of Health, Behavior & Society
410.620 Prog Plan Health Beh Change and
410.630 Implementation and Sustainability of CBPH or
410.654 Health Communication Programs I and
​410.655 Health Communication Programs II
410.615 Research Design in the SBS or
380.611 Fundamentals of Programme Evaluation
410.650 Intro Persuasive Comm: Theory & Practice
410.651 Health Literacy: Challenges & Strategies
410.865 MSPH Seminar in HE&HC
410.866 Careers in HE&HC
410.867 MSPH Field Placement Preparation
Core Public Health Requirements
180.601.81 Environmental Health
180.609 Principles of Environmental Health
180.611 The Global Environmental and Public Health
180.660 Introductory Princ of Environmental Health
340.721 Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health
140.611 Statistical Reasoning I and
140.612 Statistical Reasoning II or
140.621.01 Statistical Methods I + 140.921 lab and
140.622.01 Statistical Methods II + 140.922 lab
Choice of one of eleven courses (3-5) in Health Services Administration
550.860.82 Academic and Research Ethics
All applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:
Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation).
Standardized test score (Please review for Covid-19 Pandemic related policies)
English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
Three letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.
An update on GRE requirements and COVID-19
The Department of Health, Behavior & Society recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly impede prospective students’ ability to complete standardized testing requirements. To help address the unique challenges the pandemic has presented, the Department of Health, Behavior & Society has opted to alter our policy requiring GRE scores for applicants to the 2021-2022 academic year.
For prospective students applying to all HBS academic programs for the 2021-2022 academic year, GRE scores will be optional but highly recommended. We encourage applicants with existing GRE scores to include them as part of their applications. However, applications will still be reviewed without GRE scores.
Applicants may submit GRE scores to JHSPH using the SOPHAS code 3738.