Degrees & Certificates

The Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences offers two degrees, Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and a certificate program. To view the course descriptions, visit the TAMU Catalog website.  Additional recommendations for course electives can be found on the Featured Courses website.

In addition to these degrees, the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences also offers a Certificate in Health Coaching, offered to all graduate level students at Texas A&M University.

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)

    The MPH degree teaches students how to analyze public health problems using social and behavioral sciences and how to develop, plan, and evaluate effective programs and policies to address these problems. A wide range of electives allows students to personalize their education within the 45 credit-hour program (approximately two years). Below is the degree sequence effective in the 2017-2018 academic year.

    First Fall Semester
    HPCH 603- Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health
    PHEB 602- Biostatistics
    PHPM 605-Intro to Health Policy & Management or Elective

    First Spring Semester
    HPCH 605- Social & Behavioral Research Methods
    HPCH 611- Program Planning
    PHEB 600- Fundamentals of Epidemiology or Elective

    First Summer Semester
    Electives (1-2 total)

    Second Fall Semester
    HPCH 610- Community Organizational Assessment
    HPCH 613- Program Evaluation
    HPCH 637- Principles of Program Management
    Elective (with approval)

    Second Spring Semester
    SOPH 680- Capstone
    PHEO 600- Intro to Environmental & Occupational Health

    Second Summer Semester
    HPCH 684- Practicum (internship)

  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

    The DrPH program has been developed to prepare students to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to improve community and population health status and to conduct high-quality research addressing important public health issues. Building upon a social ecological framework, the program emphasizes capacity building as a health outcome, and recognizes a multi-determinants health perspective in framing interventions and research. The program requires a minimum of 54 credit-hours depending on prior education and offers two dissertation formats.

    Theoretical and Strategic Elements of Social & Behavioral Health (12 credits)
    Public Health History & Issues
    Theoretical Foundations
    Change Strategies & Interventions
    Program Evaluation

    Populations, Settings & Problems (15-18 credits)
    Courses providing advanced knowledge for the development and application of theory and strategies to specific populations, particular settings, or problems of interest.

    Research Methods, Data Management and Strategies (18-21 credits)
    Courses or demonstration of competencies must be approved by the student advisory committee but typically include familiarity with complex multivariate regression techniques, causal or hierarchical modeling, measurement, data management, qualitative methods, and research interpretation and integration.

    Dissertation (9 credits)

    Total 54 semester credit hrs*
    * This requires a minimum of required coursework with additional hours required depending upon the student’s background and particular field of study.

  • Certificate Programs

    Health Coaching 

    The Affordable Care Act and the increasing need to prevent and treat chronic diseases through behavioral changes are creating new employment opportunities for those who have recognizable credentials (certification) in an increasingly recognized specialty (health coaching).

    The Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at the Texas A&M School of Public Health has been training health professionals in health behavior change techniques for almost twenty years. And now, we have a new program designed especially to train Health Coaches.

    Health coaches are a new and vital part of our evolving health care system. They work independently or with primary care providers and employers to help clients, patients and employees achieve health care goals. The benefits to using a health coach are substantial: they can tailor a health promotion program to a client; they can help primary care providers more efficiently and effectively deliver care; and they can help employers reduce health care costs and maintain a healthier workforce.

    Our program is unique in several ways:

    It is focused on the prevention and management of chronic disease — it is not an athletic training program.
    It contains graduate-level training on the etiology of common chronic diseases, so you can speak with confidence to health care providers and to clients.
    It is based on a rigorous up-to-date review of diet and lifestyle research.
    It requires mastery of current clinical guidelines for the prevention and treatment of common chronic diseases.
    It provides focused training and practice in techniques of motivational interviewing and other valuable behavior change techniques.

    The certificate program is open to all graduate students of Texas A&M and requires four courses (12 credits) — listed below:

    HPCH 603: Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
    HPCH 607: Biology of Health and Common Diseases
    HPCH 640: Diet and Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity, Diabetes, and CVD
    HPCH 641: Coaching Health Behavior Change

    These courses are available online and accommodate varying schedules. Upon satisfactory completion of the four classes (you must earn an “A” or a “B” in each class), you will be awarded a Certificate in Health Coaching from the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences.