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Option in Health Promotion

The MS in Health and Human Performance, option in Health Promotion, prepares you to address lifestyle and health issues across community settings using a behavioral social science lens. These lifestyle and health issues may include nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, tobacco use, chronic disease, HIV/STI’s, diabetes and pregnancy. While our students enter our program from a variety of academic backgrounds such as public health; psychology; sociology; marketing; exercise physiology; political science; and biology, they all graduate with the same goal of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.


This 36-credit hour program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and includes elective hours that allow you to develop a specific concentration area of expertise.


Required Classes

  • Foundations of Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health
  • Designing Public Health Programs
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Public Health Programs

Potential Electives:

  • Psychological Aspects of Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Sexuality & Health
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Cultural Issues in Health
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity in Aging
  • Advanced Community Nutrition
  • Theories of Aging
  • Community & Family
  • Introduction to Counseling Practice
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Counseling & Sexuality 

Course information


Research and Faculty

Our mission is to perform high-quality research that is both innovative and impactful. You will have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research within the areas of disease prevention, behavioral interventions, fitness performance, overall wellness and public health. 


Faculty research expertise:

  • Health communication and health literacy
  • Development, evaluation and dissemination of physical activity interventions
  • HIV interventions in high-risk, African American men
  • Psychological factors associated with exercise adherence
  • Sexual health, consent and social media

Sexual Health Research Lab

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Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester.


To apply to the MS Health and Human Performance, option in Health Promotion program, complete the following: 

Students with a skeleton

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official GRE or MAT scores (within the last five years) 

Graduate student resources


Cost & Assistance

Full-time students may be eligible for graduate assistantships, either as a Graduate Research Assistant (GTA) or a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). These positions are highly competitive and typically awarded in the spring semester. Those granted assistantships are eligible to receive a tuition waiver, health insurance and stipend. Please contact for more information. 

Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.





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