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Master's Degree

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Health Education and Health Communication

Offered By: Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Onsite | Full-Time or Part-Time | 1.52 years

About This Program

This program provides specialized formal academic training in health education, health promotion, and health communication, with an emphasis on strategies for working with individuals, organizations, and communities. Students are equipped with advanced skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation, as well as a solid foundation in behavioral sciences’ principles and theories.

For the final requirement of the program, students complete a practice-based proposal on a topic relevant to their field placement. Students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists. Part-time applicants are welcome.

Program Highlights

1 academic year of coursework

tailored to your career goals

6-month field placement experience

to prepare for domestic and international career opportunities


knowledge and skills in health education and health communication

to help the future of the field

Eligibility to sit for the CHES national certification exam

to become Certified Health Education Specialists

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Sample Careers

  • Communication Specialist
  • Research Program Coordinator
  • Training Manager
  • Patient Outreach Coordinator
  • Evaluation Specialist
  • Program Director
  • Population Health Research Associate


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue, explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory, and find many more details in the program's Student Handbook.

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Coursework

College-level math course

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Vanya Jones

Vanya Jones

Associate Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Vanya Jones, PhD '06, MPH, a health education researcher, employs social and behavioral science methods to create, implement, and evaluate behavior change programs.

Douglas Storey

Douglas Storey

Associate Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Douglas Storey, PhD, MA, is an internationally recognized communication scientist and theorist who uses research to improve the design, implementation, and effectiveness of social and behavior change programs in low and middle income countries.

Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen

Health, Behavior and Society

Joanna Cohen, PhD, MHSc, conducts research and capacity building to inform and advance interventions to reduce tobacco-caused death and disease.

Janice Bowie

Janice Bowie

Health, Behavior and Society

Janice Bowie, PhD '97, MPH, is Chair of the Doctor of Public Health program and an expert in health disparities and community-based research methods.

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Academic Program Administrator
L. Robin Newcomb