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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 the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication 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 this 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. This is a STEM-designated program.

MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication Program Highlights


The MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication is a STEM-designated program.

6-month field placement experience

to prepare for domestic and international career opportunities


knowledge and skills in health education and health communication

to advance 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 a Graduate Degree In Health Education and Health Communication?

Visit the Graduate Employment Outcomes Dashboard to learn about Bloomberg School graduates' employment status, sector, and salaries.

Sample Careers

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

Curriculum for the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication

Browse an overview of the requirements for this master's program 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 equivalent to Algebra or higher

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
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.

Joanna Cohen
Health, Behavior and Society

Joanna Cohen, PhD, MHSc, is Chair of the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. She conducts research and capacity building to inform and advance interventions to eliminate tobacco-caused death and disease.

Janice Bowie
- Emeritus
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.

Eileen McDonald
Practice Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Eileen McDonald, MS, uses education, communication, product design, policy, and professional development to create a healthier and safer world, especially for children.

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.

Application and Admissions Procedural Questions

Please direct questions about application and admissions procedures to the BSPH Admissions Office.

Phone: 410-955-3543

General Academic Questions

For general academic questions about the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication, please contact our Department's academic program administrator, L. Robin Newcomb.