Master of Science in Health Promotion Management

Prospective Students

Information Sessions

Where: Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall


November 5, 2018
January 24, 2019
February 27, 2019

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Application Priority Deadlines

1st Priority: November 12, 2018
2nd Priority: February 15, 2019 (final deadline for international applicants)
3rd Priority: April 15, 2019*

*Rolling admissions until openings are filled following April 29, 2019.

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 field of Health Promotion.  This 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 corporations and communities and implement programs that cultivate a culture of health. 

Why a Health Promotion Management Degree?

Chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease cost the United States more than 1 trillion dollars annually.  The burden of healthcare costs is often placed on employers and individuals, making affordable healthcare out of reach for many consumers.  As such, the health promotion industry is expected to grow 17% by the year 2024.

Our MS HPM degree prepares future leaders in the health promotion industry.  Our curriculum combines foundational health promotion courses with the world-class business and management courses provided at the Edwin L. Cox School of business.

Program Content

The MS HPM program leverages the prestige of SMU's Cox School of Business, the bourgeoning health management marketplace opportunities in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, and the extensive research and field experience of the Simmons faculty.

The MS 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 complete a 180-hour internship in a managerial position within the field of Health Promotion and/or corporate wellness.

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

Program Strengths

  • Program is specifically made to accommodate full-time and part-time working students
  • Mentorship opportunities from current industry experts are provided
  • Current cohort members are available to meet and answer your questions!  Ask the program director today to schedule a visit