Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Public Health


Health Promotion Program is designed to prepare students to discover, refine, communicate, and apply strategies that assist individuals, communities, and societies in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors and environments. Specifically, the program is committed to:

  • excellence in student-centered graduate professional preparation;
  • promoting an environment that reflects and builds respect for individuality, human values, and diversity;
  • incorporating scholarship and service in learning experiences that encourage students to be active and independent learners;
  • promoting personal and professional growth among students, faculty, and staff through intellectual, physical, and social development;
  • expanding the professional body of knowledge through research and creative endeavors while striving to be an effective advocate for community, school, state, and global health promotion efforts.


Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination or Master Certified Health Education Specialist depending on your work experience.

Graduate Outcomes

Students who complete the M.S. in Health Promotion can work in a variety of health settings including community health, health education, workplace health promotion and human service agencies at the local, state, national or international levels.

Public Health Specialists
Public Health Specialists help people increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize their goals, satisfy their needs, and change or cope with their environment. Health promotion specialists design programs to enhance the level of awareness and self-responsibility of individuals in order to increase or maintain an individual’s health status and thereby reduce the incidence of illness and injury.

With a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Mississippi, students are qualified for positions in the following settings:

  • Worksite/Corporate
  • Community
  • University/College
  • Federal, State and Local Agencies

Here one of our doctoral students is presenting recently published research:


For more information about Public Health, contact any of our Public Health Faculty.