Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at South Carolina

There is a growing awareness in public health about the importance of learning not just what should and can be done to improve the public's health, but also how it can be done in a way that is cost-effective, embedded in community structures and culture and at a large enough scale to have real impact.

Graduate Degrees

The graduate programs in health promotion, education and behavior include the Master of Public Health, designed for individuals with aspirations to be practitioners in health department, community, school or worksite settings, and the Master of Science in Public Health for those with specialized areas of interest who wish to complete a thesis in preparation for doctoral work. An accelerated professional master option is available via online delivery and our dual degree program with social work is intended to permit students to earn two complementary and distinct graduate degrees.

Two doctoral programs are also available. The Ph.D. stresses understanding of research design and methodologies while the Doctor of Public Health degree focuses on program development and evaluation methodologies.

A  Accelerated Degree: Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (M.P.H.)

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

M  Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior degree is designed for individuals who aspire to be practitioners in community, school or worksite settings. The program requires 45 hours of coursework, including a six-hour practicum.

Graduate Director: Ken Watkins, watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Casey Goldston, 803-777-7096, goldston@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Science in Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (M.S.P.H.)

The Master of Science in Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior degree is designed for those interested in pursuing specialized areas of HPEB and for those who wish to complete a thesis in preparation for doctoral work. The program requires 45 hours of coursework, including six hours of thesis preparation.

Graduate Director: Ken Watkins, watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Casey Goldston, 803-777-7096, goldston@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior degree prepares graduates for leadership and skills in research, teaching and professional service. The Ph.D. prepares graduates to assume leadership roles that emphasize research and teaching activities; these positions are often located in academic or other research settings. The degree requires 60 hours of graduate coursework, including 12 hours of dissertation preparation.

Graduate Director: Ken Watkins, watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Casey Goldston, 803-777-7096, goldston@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Doctor of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (Dr.P.H.)

The Doctor of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior degree prepares graduates for leadership and skills in public health practice, research (with an emphasis on applied research), and professional service. The Dr.P.H. prepares graduates to assume leadership roles that emphasize management and advocacy activities within organizations or other systems; these positions are often located in agency or practice settings. The degree requires 60 hours of graduate coursework, including 12 hours of dissertation preparation.

Graduate Director: Saundra Glover, 803-777-3618, sglover@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Debra Brown, (803) 777-3332, browndg@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior and Master of Social Work (M.P.H. / M.S.W.)

This joint degree program (Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health) is intended to permit students to earn two complementary and distinct graduate degrees.

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.