MPH Community & Behavioral Health Promotion

The Community and Behavioral Health Promotion track focuses on promoting the health of communities through innovative approaches to community engagement and collaborative practice. Coursework addresses theories and frameworks in social and behavioral science, evidence-based methods for program planning and implementation and program evaluation. Students apply a social justice and equity-centered approach to public health training and practice. Methodological approaches address quantitative, qualitative and community-engaged techniques.

Graduates from Community and 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.

Community and Behavioral Health Promotion Track (24 credits)

In addition to the common MPH core classes

Required Courses (15 credits)

PH 701: Public Health Principles and Practice (3 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 736: Advanced Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
PH 776: Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 831: Community Engaged and Participatory Research and Practice (3 credits)

Electives – Choose one (3 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 advisor

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.

Community and Behavioral Health Promotion track competencies

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of community and behavioral health theories and their application to health promotion and prevention.
  2. Apply relevant theories, concepts and models from the social and behavioral sciences to public health research and practice.
  3. Engage and include key stakeholders in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies, and interventions.
  4. Demonstrate cultural humility and collaborative skills when working with disadvantaged individuals and diverse communities on public health problems and solutions.
  5. Identify and operationalize social and community-level solutions to public health problems.
  6. Develop and apply collaborative partnership and engagement skills with diverse community agencies and stakeholders to address health disparities and promote health equity.
  7. Assess for potential social and behavioral factors influencing the health of individuals and communities.
  8. Assess the strengths and limitations of social and behavioral science interventions and policies within the context of health promotion.
  9. Apply qualitative and quantitative methods to the assessment of public health problems, the articulation of community strengths and the evaluation of prevention and intervention programs.
  10. Identify and apply theoretically grounded, evidence-based approaches to the development and implementation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  11. Facilitate and/or lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  12. Integrate principles of social justice and human rights into planning, implementing and assessing public health interventions.
  13. Develop and apply effective health communication strategies with diverse stakeholders.

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Credits and Courses

All students enrolled in the MPH program take a common set of core classes designed to give basic skills and knowledge of public health concepts. The core curriculum consists of at least 20 credit hours, including at least three credits Field Experience and a two-credit capstone seminar. In addition to the common core, students complete the required coursework in one of five specialization tracks: Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, or Public Health Policy and Administration. The MPH degree varies from 42-48 credits depending on the track. Students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better in order to progress through the program.

Please note: All courses subject to change. Please consult the Graduate School Bulletin for the most up-to-date information.

MPH Required Common Core Courses (at least 20 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 790: Field Experience in Public Health (at least 3 credits)
PH 800: Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)

To be considered for admission, applicants must complete the required online application via the School of Public Health Application System (SOPHAS).