The MS in Health and Human Performance, option in Health Promotions, 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.
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
Psychological Aspects of Health
Sexuality & Health
Cultural Issues in Health
Nutrition & Physical Activity in Aging
Advanced Community Nutrition
Theories of Aging
Community & Family
Introduction to Counseling Practice
Counseling & Sexuality
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 & health literacy
Development, evaluation and dissemination of physical activity interventions
HIV interventions in high-risk, African American men
Psychological factors associated with exercise adherence
Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
Three letters of recommendation
Official GRE or MAT scores (within the last five years)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.