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Health Promotion, MHP

Department: Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Health Promotion

About This Degree

The MHP degree is for students who are interested in working in the field of health education and promotion with advanced coursework in behavioral theory, program evaluation, current trends in health promotion, management, research methods, and counseling. Students who earn the MHP degree are qualified to take the Master Certified Health Education Specialist Exam (MCHES) that is often required for senior positions within the health education and promotion field. A required internship experience provides MHP students with real world experience and the ability to apply their coursework to the health promotion field.


  • MHP - Logan Campus

With a Masters in Health Promotion you can work in a multitude of fields:
•    Worksite wellness
•    Local and State Health Departments
•    Federal and Global Agencies
•    Non-profit Health Agencies
•    Clinical Settings
•    Wellness Coaching
•    Private Industry

Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following application deadline for students wishing to receive assistantships:

  • Fall semester – March 1

The deadline for admission without funding is:

  • Fall semester – June 15

Program Requirements

Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Health Promotion.

Students complete graduate level coursework, complete an approved 300 hour internship, and must pass comprehensive exams based on their health education coursework.



Julie Gast
Associate Professor
Office: HPER 138
Phone: (435) 797-1490
Email: julie.gast@usu.edu


maya Miyairi, PhD, University of Utah
Assistant Professor
Area: Body image and health behavior
Office: Brigham City Campus
Phone: (435) 919-1303
Email: maya.miyairi@usu.edu

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American School Health Association: ASHA is a multidisciplinary organization of administrators, counselors, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers. Its mission is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth.

American Public Health Association: The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.

Society for Public Health Educators: SOPHE is a 501 (c)(3) professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of all people by: stimulating research on the theory and practice of health education; supporting high quality performance standards for the practice of health education and health promotion; advocating policy and legislation affecting health education and health promotion; and developing and promoting standards for professional preparation of health education professionals. SOPHE is the only independent professional organization devoted exclusively to health education and health promotion across all settings.

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