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DrPH – Behavioral Health Promotion and Education
College of Health Sciences


The mission of the Public Health Program at Jackson State University is to provide quality education and leadership in community-based research and practice. Through collaborative efforts with communities, the Program promotes health and seeks to prevent disease and disability, with special emphasis on the underserved and at-risk populations of Mississippi, the nation, and the world.

DrPH – Behavioral Health Promotion and Education

The Doctor of Public Health degree provides a foundation of core and elective courses beyond the master’s degree that will prepare the student for leadership in public health research and/or practice. This includes a dissertation that involves independent study under a faculty mentor. The specific program at Jackson State University focuses on eliminating disparities in health and healthcare.

The DrPH Degree Program prepares students to assume leadership roles in public health, especially as research scientists, administrators, educators, or practitioners. Such roles can be expected to include, but not be limited to, positions in organizations and agencies such as universities, public health agencies, hospitals, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, and other settings where public health specialists are employed.

The program will include advanced theoretical and practical studies in the specialized fields of public health as well as the preparation of a dissertation. The dissertation will establish the student as a competent researcher and scholar, capable of conducting and supervising independent research studies. Students will be trained to study public health from a multidisciplinary perspective to appreciate the disparities affecting minorities in terms of health and healthcare services.

Students will master core competencies in public health as well as specialized courses in their chosen concentration. They will develop a high level of analytical (quantitative and qualitative research) skills, complemented by an extensive breadth of relevant leadership knowledge in research grant preparation, management, study implementation and evaluation.

We offer a Doctor of Public Health degree in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education with the following curriculum:

DrPH Behavioral Health Promotion and Education Curriculum


By including people, communities, and systems in our research, teaching, and practice, the Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health Sciences aims to promote and improve health as well as equity.
We train students to use theories, concepts, and methodologies from many social and behavioral scientific fields to design, carry out, and assess health promotion and illness prevention initiatives. 


 Behavioral and social variables influence all diseases. We believe that in order to improve health outcomes and promote health, it is important to comprehend how these diseases relate to the person, family, society as a whole, organizations, communities, and public policy. This system, which is dynamic, influences issues like care access and adherence. As a result, the behavioral and community health sciences within public health evaluate the health requirements of populations and communities, design interventions to prevent disease and increase adherence based on social/behavioral theory, and use research methods to evaluate these programs and recommend improvement, frequently within community-based settings.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Quality education that spans outside of the classroom.


Behavioral and Environmental Health majors have a plethora of career options:

Behavioral Health Technician I Behavioral Health Technician II Behavioral Health Specialist I Behavioral Health Specialist II
Psychologist I Psychologist II Behavioral Health Team Lead Behavioral Health Supervisor


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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-8789.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



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(601) 979-8789