Mission Statement

The mission of this program is to prepare graduates to work in the challenging fields of health promotion and disease prevention, with a focus on health communication, community organization and development, health education, health advocacy and evaluation of related public health campaigns.


Program Description

The solution to many of today's public health problems requires some type of behavioral change. Increasingly, health practitioners are looking to the field of health education and health communication for methods to adapt behavioral science principles to the solution of selected health problems. The concentration is designed to prepare graduates to work in the challenging fields of health promotion and disease prevention, with a focus on health communication, community organization and development, health education, health advocacy and evaluation of related public health campaigns. In addition, students receive training in relation to evaluation and research methodologies.  The MPH program provides those interested in working among disadvantaged populations within the United States and in developing countries the opportunity to build such learning experiences directly into the MPH degree program. To this end, students receive training that will enable them to demonstrate skills in:

  • analyzing a health problem from a behavioral point of view;
  • planning health education/communication programs for specific populations and in a variety of settings;
  • collaborating with others in planning, implementing and evaluating programs;
  • selecting and using appropriate and ethical health education and communication methods;
  • coordinating health education services and providing consultation, training, and technical assistance in health education or communication;
  • identifying, obtaining, and managing resources to implement and evaluate health education and communication programs;
  • carrying out research and evaluation of health education and communication programs.

Program Competencies

It is expected that students will acquire the core public health competencies through successful completion of the school core courses. The expected terminal knowledge and skills provided by the program and expected of the student in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences will vary by student because of the self-direction inherent in this program.  It is expected, however, with the guidance by an advisor, that students will be well-versed in planning and evaluating community programs (GCHB 6110 and GCHB 6120), have the knowledge and skills required for community-based work, and obtain hands-on experience in community-based work by completing a community-based practicum.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should obtain the following competencies from the courses listed in parentheses (competencies achieved will vary according to courses selected):

  • Incorporate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems.
  • Assess individual and community needs for health education/communication.
  • Plan health education/communication strategies, interventions, and programs.
  • Implement health education/communication strategies, interventions, and programs.
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to health education/communication.
  • Administer health education/communication strategies, interventions, and programs.
  • Serve as a health education/communication resource person.
  • Communicate and advocate for health and health education.

Admissions Requirements

1.     General MPH admission requirements of the School

2.     Accepted by the Admission Committee of the GCHB Department

In addition to the general admission requirements of the school, the applicant's career goals must be consistent with the educational objectives of the program, namely public health work centered in community programs.


Program Requirements

The program of study leading to the MPH degree in Health Communication/Education requires 45 credits, with the exception that students with substantial professional experience in health education or communication may graduate with a minimum of 42 credits. The program requires the satisfactory completion of the School Core Requirements, the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences requirements, and the HEDC programmatic requirements, including a 300-hour practicum, and a culminating experience.

SPHTM Core Requirements (18 credits)

BIOS 6030

Introduction to Biostatistics


GEHS 6030

Survey of Environmental Health Sciences


EPID 6030

Epidemiologic Methods I


GHSD 6030

Principles of Health Systems Admin & Mgmt


TRMD 6010

Biological Basis of Health and Disease


GCHB 6030

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health


SPHL 9980



SPHL 7950

Culminating Experience (PHA or Culminating Exam)


GCHB Department Requirements (14 credits)

GCHB 6110

Planning of Health Education Programs


GCHB 6120

Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and
Communication Programs


GCHB 6210

Health Communication Theory and Practice


GCHB 6220

Community Organization


GCHB 6260

Social Marketing


Students must complete ONE of these two courses; both classes are recommended

GCHB 6100

Introduction to Public Health Policy


GCHB 7130

Research Methods in Social & Behavioral Sciences


Students also must complete ONE of the courses listed below

BIOS 6230

Introduction to SAS


BIOS 6240

Introduction to SPSS


BIOS 6280

Introduction to STATA


BIOS 6300

Introduction to ARCGIS


General Electives (minimum 9 credits)

TBD in consultation with student's advisor. These credits may be applied to a certificate program if the student chooses this option.


Sample Schedule

Currently unavailable.



Students must also complete the School practicum requirement. It is recommended that students in this program carry out a 300-hour field practicum related to health education or communication for their practicum. Students with substantial professional experience in health education or communication may elect other practicum options in consultation with their advisor, but are still required to meet the School's 60-hour field requirement.  Examples of opportunities include:

  • New Orleans City Health Department
  • Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Local, regional, and national community-based organizations
  • International non-governmental agencies

CHES Certification

Students who intend to apply for national health education certification (CHES) must complete at least 20 credits in Health Education courses and the practicum to meet the minimum eligibility requirements.


Culminating Experience

Students in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences can choose one of two options for their culminating experience:

1. Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination consists of two parts: Part A – (a school-wide examination based on core competencies, as well as cross-cutting competencies, established by the American Schools of Public Health); and Part B (a departmental-specific examination based on principles and concepts of Program Planning (GCHB 6110) and Monitoring and Evaluation (GCHB 6120).

2. Public Health Analysis

The Public Health Analysis is an in-depth written report that considers a topic of relevance to public health practice. It involves a thorough review of the literature, discussion, and recommendations for public health policy and practice. The content and format of the report are described in school and departmental guideline documents.

Information on both options can be found from the link listed below as SPHTM Academic Policies and Guidelines.

Please visit the links below for details:

PHA Sample 1
PHA Sample 2 
School of Public Health Academic Policies and Guidelines


For more information, contact us at 504-988-5391 or


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