Upcoming Virtual Info Session 

November 2, 2020  6-7 p.m.
December 4, 2020  3-4 p.m.
January 11, 2021 12-1 p.m.
February 10, 2021 12-1 p.m.
March 8, 2021 12-1 p.m.
April 7, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Application Information at a Glance

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 class! The items currently needed for a complete application are:

  • Completed application form
  • Transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Resume
  • Essay 
  • Optional letters of recommendation

Deadlines for Fall 2021

November 15, 2020 Early decision deadline
March 15, 2021 International student deadline
June 1, 2021 Final deadline for admission and scholarship consideration
Rolling admission after June 1, 2021. Please contact Program Specialist, Yazmin Strauss, at ystrauss@smu.edu  for late admission consideration.

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What is Health Promotion?

Health Promotion is the discipline dedicated to enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health.  Health promotion companies design, implement and assess programs for individuals, communities, and corporations that incorporate multiple intervention methods to guide individuals toward a healthy lifestyle.

Our Mission

The M.S. in Health Promotion Management (MS HPM) provides a multidisciplinary, evidence-based program for those seeking leadership positions within the Population Health and Health Promotion fields. Our hybrid program merges managerial communication and leadership skills with scientific foundations in epidemiology and behavioral science. Students develop the research skills required to critically evaluate the wellness needs of diverse populations and develop interventions that cultivate a healthy culture.

Program Content

The M.S. HPM is a 2-year program with evening classes, intended for full-time and part-time working students. Students complete 28 credit hours within the Simmons School of Education and Human Development and 10 credit hours within the Cox School of Business. Students also complete a 180-hour internship in a managerial position in the population health or health promotion industry.  View our curriculum plan here

*The internship site will be identified by the student who will also initiate the coordination between the program director and internship site.

Why a Health Promotion Management Degree?

It is estimated that half of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030. The burden of disease is rising in the United States and many communities and employers are struggling to compete with the increasing costs of healthcare. Addressing these issues is imperative, especially as the healthcare system continues to change, and the number of individuals living with chronic disease continues to climb. Health promotion is an actionable measure that helps Americans live healthier, happier lives.

This program prepares students to be the leaders that shape the growth of the health promotion field. Our world-class business and management courses, provided at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, and foundational health promotion courses create savvy professionals. Our students bring a full spectrum of skills, particularly the ability to work on interdisciplinary teams. 

Program Strengths

  • Program is specifically made to accommodate full-time and part-time working students 
  • All courses are offered in the evening
  • Classes are taught by health promotion management industry experts 
  • Partnership with the Cox School of Business, which is a top ranked business school, offering rigorous business classes to our students for a well rounded education  
  • Mentorship opportunities from current industry experts are provided
  • Our job placement rate is 82% after graduation, with 85% of those students receiving job offers before graduation