Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences

The Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences promotes healthy living and prepares students to identify the role of biological, behavioral, environmental, and social forces on population health. Our students will have the opportunity to apply these elements when planning and evaluating programs, services and policies designed to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Our health promotion and community health students have opportunities to work in a broad and diverse range of organizations. Our students have worked locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally for non-profits, government agencies and corporations in jobs that promote and improve health.


Message from the Chair (interim)

Howdy! The faculty of the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences is composed of scientists and practitioners dedicated to improving the abilities of individuals, groups, communities and nations to develop and implement strategies, tools and methods for optimize health.

We offer the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degrees following the Council on Education for Public Health’s practice-oriented credentialing criteria. Whether your interest and intention are to apply these degrees directly or use them in addition to training in nursing, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, business or other fields, we are confident the education you will receive here is of the highest quality.

The School’s Bachelor of Public Health degree has a strong emphasis on health promotion and community health, so while we currently don’t enroll students at the bachelor’s level in our department, our faculty are significantly involved in that training as well.

I encourage you to look at the degree requirements, the specific courses, our faculty’s interests and accomplishments, and our ongoing research portfolios, to give you a better idea of how one of our programs might “fit” your plans.

I also encourage you to contact any of our faculty directly if you would like to know more about their work and how you might benefit from exposure to their research or practice interests while a student here.

We hope to hear from you,
James (Jim) N. Burdine, Dr.P.H.