Zilber student canvassing a neighborhood on the East Side of Milwaukee

The accelerated MPH program gives high-achieving undergraduate students in the public health major the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health in five years, rather than the usual six.

The five-year program consists of three and a half years in undergraduate status and one and a half years in graduate status. Graduates of the accelerated MPH in the community and behavioral health promotion track meet nationally accredited core competencies covering knowledge and skills required of public health professionals. Plus, they have credits of specialized graduate training in public health.

Program Type

Accelerated Master’s

Program Format

On Campus
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Why I Chose Public Health

“You’re looking at patterns and what contributes to disease, rather than looking at specifically how you cure disease.

I was really interested in those patterns and how social factors and social structures contribute to the overall patterns of health that we see.”

Jennifer Woo, PhD epidemiology

Jennifer Woo in downtown Milwaukee
Why ZSPH alum Jennifer Woo chose public health.

Accelerated MPH students learn to promote the health of communities through innovative approaches to community engagement and collaborative practice. Students apply a socially just and equity-centered approach to public health training and practice. Methodological approaches address quantitative, qualitative and community-engaged techniques.

Accelerated BS/MPH in Community & Behavioral Health Promotion

The bachelor’s in public health requires a minimum of 120 credits. The MPH in community and behavioral health promotion (CBHP) track requires 48-49 credits. Up to 30 graduate course credits may be double-counted toward the BS in public health.

Undergraduate Courses

General education and foundations courses of at least 33 credits.

Public Health Major Required Courses (48 credits)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
PH 142: Exploring Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
PH 201: Public Health from Cells to Society I (3 credits)
PH 202: Public Health from Cells to Society II (3 credits)
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions or other statistics course approved by public health major advisor (3 credits)
HCA 307: Epidemiology for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 302: Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts (3 credits)
PH 303: Climate Change, the Environment & Human Health (3 credits)
PH 319: Introduction to Health Disparities (3 credits)
PH 327: Foundations for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 346: Environmental Health and Disease (3 credits)
PH 355: Public Health Research Methods I (3 credits)
PH 410: True Lies – Consuming & Communicating Quantitative Information (3 credits)
PH 427: Strategies for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 428: Project Implementation & Evaluation for a Healthy Society (3 credits)
PH 455: Public Health Research Methods II (3 credits)

Elective credits – up to nine credit hours to reach 120 credits

Graduate Courses

MPH Required Common Core Courses (24-25 credits)

PH 702: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
PH 703: Environmental Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 704: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 705: Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 706: Perspectives in Community and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
PH 708: Health Systems and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 733: Overview of Qualitative Methods for PH (1 credit)*
PH 790: Field Experience in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 791: Leadership in Public Health (1 credit)
PH 800: Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)
*Not needed if select PH 776 as Methods “S”elective below

Required CBHP Track Courses (12 credits)

PH 725: Theories and Models of Health Behavior (3 credits)
PH 726: Community Health Assessment (3 credits)
PH 727: Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 728: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3 credits)

Methods “S”electives – Choose two (six credits minimum)

PH 729: Survey Research Methods in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 776: Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 831: Community Engagement and Participatory Research Approaches in Public Health (3 credits)
Electives – Choose two (6 credits minimum)
PH 719: Social Justice in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 740: Special Topics in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 752: Public Health and Mental Health (3 credits)
PH 999: Independent Study (1-3 credits)
KIN 732: Physical Activity and Health across the Lifespan (3 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Accelerated MPH in Community & Behavioral Health Promotion Careers

Graduates from the Community & Behavioral Health Promotion track in UWM’s one-year MPH program go on to work for health nonprofits, community research organizations, hospitals and other jobs with a health education or health programming component. Job growth for health educators, community health workers and health services managers is higher than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • Associate Professor, Community & Behavioral Health Promotion
Paul Florsheim
  • Professor and Program Lead, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Amy Harley
  • Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Emmanuel Ngui
  • Associate Professor and MPH Director
Lance Weinhardt
  • Associate Dean for Research. Professor, Community & Behavioral Health Promotion
Musa Yahaya
  • Lecturer

Community & Behavioral Health Promotion Faculty Expertise

  • Substance abuse risk factors among minority populations. 
  • Effective substance abuse intervention and treatment programs. 
  • Public health issues relevant to high-risk adolescents. 
  • Interpersonal developmental processes related to health and mental health across the lifespan. 
  • Physical activity participation, healthy food consumption and subsequently chronic disease prevalence in low-income and racial/ethnic minority communities. 
  • Health inequalities in maternal and child health populations. 
  • Disparities in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease with a focus on the role of social determinants of health. 
  • Disparities in the neighborhood food environment and in access to healthy and nutritious foods. 
  • Developing effective primary and secondary HIV-prevention interventions for resource-poor settings.