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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Promotion Management, M.S.H.P.M.

SMU’s Master of Science in Health Promotion Management (M.S.H.P.M.) degree provides a multipdiscpilinary, evidence-based program for those seeking leadership positions within the field of Health Promotion. The M.S.H.P.M. program is offered jointly by the Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Cox School of Business and provides a highly-focused theoretical and pragmatic education in understanding the health management industry, including population health, behavior theory and program development along with the business and technological acumen required of these professionals.

The program is led by Simmons School academic leaders in health and behavior theory, corporate wellness professionals with extensive experience in the health management industry, and distinguished faculty from the Cox School. It is a  2-year, 38-credit-hour program with evening classes located in the heart of Dallas, a city with outstanding and bourgeoning health management marketplace opportunities.

The capstone course is a 150-hour internship at a health management department or company, chosen by the student  based on his/her aspiring area of interest. Prospective students include graduates of business, exercise physiology, kinesiology, community health and wellness, and biology programs as well as professionals working in the health management or business industries seeking to enhance their skill sets.

Curriculum and Term Sequencing

Due to the hybrid nature of the M.S.H.P.M. program, courses are offered in two formats. Courses taken within the Simmons school are traditional 3-credit-hour courses offered once per week for the 16-week term. Courses taken within the Cox School follow an abbreviated academic term, 2-credit-hour courses offered once per week for eight weeks. Module A courses are offered in the first 8 weeks of a term, and Module B courses are offered in the second 8 weeks of a term. Most semesters include both course-offering formats.

Students are admitted to the program during the fall term only. Students complete a combination of Simmons and Cox courses each semester. The course sequence requires that students enroll in 9-10 credit hours per semester. A student must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours to have full-time academic status.

Note: Course sequencing for fall and spring modules is subject to change. 

Admission Requirements

The admissions process is highly selective and follows the admissions standards of the Cox M.B.A. program. The admissions committee is seeking a diverse group of candidates with significant professional and life experiences; strong academic capabilities and leadership potential; interpersonal and communication skills; and personal qualities such as maturity, integrity, self-confidence, and motivation. Preferred candidates typically have full-time work experience, a strong undergraduate record, and competitive scores on the GRE and/or GMAT graduate school admissions tests.

Application deadlines are in the spring, and students are admitted to the program during the fall term only. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form (, a cover letter and résumé, an essay, an official GRE or GMAT score report, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation.

Contact Information:

Master of Science in Health Promotion Management
PO Box 750382
Dallas, TX 75275-0382