Department of Public Health Education

Master's Program of Public Health in Community Health Education


MPH Program Mission Statement

The UNCG MPH program prepares community health education practitioners committed to promoting the health of communities.

Why UNCG Public Health?

The Department of Public Health Education has been preparing students since 1973 for leadership roles in communities and health agencies that promote the health of people and our communities. The MPH program in Community Health Education is a 45 credit hour program where students learn to develop and carry out planned health promotion and disease prevention programs with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

Our MPH curriculum is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the professional requirements are based on the recommendations of the Joint Commission of the Society of Public Health Education and the American Association for Health Education. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national credentialing exam for the profession and become a Master’s Certified Health Education Specialist (to see more of the MCHES credential follow this link - MCHES Responsibilities and Competencies). By the end of the program students will have preparation in the Core Areas of Public Health (biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health administration, and social and behavioral sciences) and in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists (assessment, program planning, implementation, evaluation, administration and management, resource, and communication and advocacy).

The program's approach to professional practice includes reflective practice, a theoretical base, network development, leadership development and cooperation and collaboration with community health organizations. Throughout the curriculum, special attention is given to community involvement, effective communication, and uses of technology. Graduates of the program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health and prevent infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, and the consequences of disasters.

The program follows all UNCG policies, including grading, etc., that are addressed in the Graduate Bulletin.

The MPH Program Handbook can be found here.

Careers in Public Health

The MPH degree is widely regarded as the entry-level degree for leadership positions in a variety of community health education settings including local, state, national and international health agencies. With the dynamic changes in the U.S. health care system and an emphasis on prevention, such positions are increasingly available in managed health care organizations. Public health educators develop and carry out planned health promotion and disease prevention activities with individuals, groups, and communities.

Our graduates work in federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state agencies, community-based organizations, health departments, hospitals, clinics, universities, research organizations, and managed care organizations.

Contact Information

Please fill out the form on the Graduate School Department Interest Page to request additional program information. This will also add you to our email distribution list so that you will receive alerts about departmental events and opportunities for prospective students.

You may also contact the Associate Director of Graduate Study, Dr. Stephanie Baker White, with further questions:

Stephanie Baker White, PhD, MS, PT
Associate Director of Graduate Study
437-C Health and Human Sciences Building
Tel.: 336.256.0119
Fax: 336.256.1158
Email: slbaker3@uncg.edu