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


See the department website for details. Admission requirements follow those of The Graduate School and include:

  • a completed application
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary schools and colleges previously attended, including non-degree courses taken
  • evidence of academic performance at a B or better level on academic transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • a letter of intent which describes professional goals and objectives, and how the applicant became interested in the field of health promotion, education, and behavior.
  • satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam for applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (Internet-based) or 570 (paper-based). The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5.                   
  • current resume or curriculum vitae.

Admissions process information and links can be found at the Arnold School of Public Health webpage.

Applications for the MPH program are made through the new Schools of Public Health Application System (SOPHAS). Please go to for further details. Applications for the combined MSW/MPH programs are made through the Graduate School

Only single program applications are accepted, so you may only apply to one program at a time (unless you are applying to the MSW/MPH program or certificate program). Once received, your application and credentials are sent for review by the HPEB faculty. After reviewing your credentials, the department makes a recommendation to The Graduate School which officially grants admission. We will inform you of the department’s recommendation regarding admission, but official notice of admission comes from the USC Graduate School.

You are encouraged to review carefully the information provided on the above websites before beginning the application process. If you have further questions, you may contact:

Ken Watkins
HPEB Graduate Director
phone: 803-777-7096

Casey Goldston Giraudy
HPEB Academic Programs Coordinator
phone: 803-777-2966

Office of Student and Alumni Services
phone: 803-777-5031

Degree Requirements (45 Hours)

School of Public Health Core Requirements (16 Hours)

Course Title Credits
PUBH 724Quantitative Methods for Public Health Practice I3
PUBH 725Quantitative Methods for Public Health Practice II3
PUBH 726Qualitative Methods for Public Health Practice3
PUBH 730Public Health Systems, Policy, and Leadership3
PUBH 735Practical Applications of Public Health Planning4
Total Credit Hours16

Department Core Course Requirements (12 Hours)

Course Title Credits
HPEB 701Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HPEB 707Health Promotion Research Methods3
HPEB 710Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
HPEB 748Community Health Development3
Total Credit Hours12

Elective Courses (12 Hours)

  • Courses specific to the student’s area/s of interest with approval of the student’s academic advisor. Electives may be chosen from HPEB or from courses in the University that support the overall educational goals of the student. 

Applied Practice Experience (5 Hours)

Course Title Credits
HPEB 797Applied Practice Experience5
Total Credit Hours5