Social and Behavioral Sciences Master of Public Health

Promote health by understanding the holistic factors of illness and health care access with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Master of Public Health (MPH). This master’s program trains practitioners to assess and address health-related behavioral, cultural and social factors that influence pressing public health problems. Through coursework, professional development opportunities and fieldwork experience, students work with faculty and community agencies to plan, implement and evaluate programs designed to improve the health of all people facing a variety of public health problems. In particular, students and faculty focus their work on vulnerable populations, such as children, people with chronic illnesses and people living in poverty.

MPH students can engage in interdisciplinary coursework and research, which gives them a broad perspective in health promotion and prepares them to excel in the complex, diverse field of public health. Students can take courses with national award-winning scholars and interface with numerous faculty who are nationally and internationally renowned in their research.

Through the College of Public Health’s research centers, labs and clinics, students have access to more than 100 faculty at Temple University and additional regional scholars who are actively involved in public health programs, research and teaching.

An MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences addresses the behavioral, cultural and social factors that influence individual and population health, as well as solutions that target these determinants in an effort to promote community and population health.

Graduate students pursuing the Social and Behavioral Sciences MPH become versed in theories and methods that guide the assessment, the program planning and development, and the evaluation of health promotion programs. Our competency-based curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in public health.

Fieldwork is a major part of the curriculum, and is designed as a tailored experience that gives students opportunities to apply concepts, techniques and theories they learned in the classroom. Social and Behavioral Sciences MPH students may choose from more than 175 community partner sites for their fieldwork placement.

Students may choose to take classes full time to complete the program in two years or part time to finish in three to four years. The program offers a flexible curriculum: You may complete it through evening courses on Main Campus and online courses. Graduates of this program are well-placed to administer departments of health education, conduct behavioral research, join health-related industries, pursue additional academic training and work with government agencies. Students who complete an MPH may also be eligible to sit for the Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam and the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences MPH is one of five MPH programs in the College of Public Health. If you prefer to study online, the department also offers an Online Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

social and behavioral sciences students in class

Classes & Curriculum

Take core courses in the fundamentals of public health and pertinent current issues before diving into electives and the fieldwork component of the MPH.  Students may use their electives in order to build topic expertise. Some Social and Behavioral Science courses include

  • Health Communication,  
  • Health Psychology and
  • Public Health Program Planning.

A specialty elective allows you to focus on a particular interest with courses like

  • Understanding Stress and Change,
  • Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations and
  • Obesity: Genes to Junkfood.

See a full list of required courses.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Public Health program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $954.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,314.00 per credit

Online Tuition: $960.00 per credit

Related Graduate Degrees

You might consider advancing to the Social and Behavioral Sciences PhD. Additionally, Temple offers eight dual MPH degree programs.

A certificate in Global Health is available to all students in MPH programs. Students are able to complete this transcripted concentration by using their three elective courses for Global Health classes.


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