Accelerated Degree

BS/MPH – Community & Behavioral Health Promotion


The accelerated MPH program allows 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 5-year program consists of 3.5 years in undergraduate status and 1.5 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 have credits of specialized graduate training in public health.

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

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The BSPH requires a minimum of 120 credits. The MPH Community and Behavioral Health Promotion Track requires 48-49 credits. Up to 30 graduate course credits may be double counted towards the BSPH.


General Education and Foundations Courses (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 9 credit hours to reach 120 credits)


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 (6 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.


Graduates from Community & Behavioral Health Promotion can work for health non-profits, community research organizations, hospitals, and other jobs with a health education or health programming component among other opportunities. 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.


profile photoKurt Svoboda, PhDAssociate Professor, Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health414-382-1707svobodak@uwm.eduSchool of Freshwater Sciences, GLRF Main 111


Faculty expertise in: 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; and developing effective primary and secondary HIV-prevention interventions for resource-poor settings.

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