MPH in Community Health Sciences


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Community Health program is to prepare and train students in the public health concepts of community-based programs and/or research.


Program Description

The community health sciences concentration is designed for students who are not specifically committed to the Maternal and Chid Health Concentration, the Health Education and Communication Concentration, or the Nutrition Concentration. The student has flexibility in choosing courses from all of the above-mentioned concentrations, and other courses, as well as being required to take all of the school core courses and the departmental required courses. This "generalist" community-based program will allow the student to pursue his/her own areas of interest through combinations of course choices, supervised by their advisors.


Program Competencies

It is expected that students will acquire the core public health competencies through successful completion of the school core courses. The expected terminal knowledge and skills provided by the program and expected of the student in Community Health Sciences will vary by student because of the self-direction inherent in this program. We expect that with the guidance of an advisor, students will be well-versed in planning and evaluating community programs (GCHB 6110 and GCHB 6120), have the knowledge and skills required for community-based work, and obtain hands-on experience in community-based work by completing a community-based practicum.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should obtain the following competencies from the courses listed in parentheses (competencies achieved will vary according to courses selected):

  • Incorporate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems. (BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, GCHB 6030, GEHS 6030, GHSD 6030, TRMD 6010)
  • Assess individual and community needs for public health programs. (GCHB Courses: 6110, 6120, 6610, 6750, 7130)
  • Demonstrate competence in planning community-based public health programs and research projects. (GCHB Courses: 6110, 6210, 6750, 7130)
  • Implement and manage prevention strategies, interventions, and programs at the community level. (GCHB Courses: 6030, 6110, 6210)
  • Acquire the ability to identify and use various methods of evaluating community-based public health programs. (GCHB Courses: 6120, 6750, 7130)  
  • Communicate and advocate for community health programs and policies. (GCHB Courses: 6100, 6120, 6140, 6210, 6220, 6260, 6770, 7130)
  • Serve as a resource person for community-based programs in public health. (SPHL 9980; GCHB Courses: 6030, 6120, 6140) 
  • Work successfully in diverse community settings. (GCHB Courses: 6030, 6100, 6140, 6460, 6510)  

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the School, the applicant's career goals must be consonant with the educational objectives of the program, namely public health work centered in community programs.


Program Requirements

To meet the graduation requirements, the student will complete no less than 45 academic credits. The program requires the satisfactory completion of the school's core courses and the courses required by the Department of Community Health Sciences.

SPHTM Core Requirements (18 credits)


Course Title


BIOS 6030

Introduction to Biostatistics   


GEHS 6030

Survey of Environmental Health Sciences   


EPID 6030   

Epidemiologic Methods I 


GHSD 6030

Principles of Health Systems Admin & Mgmt   


TRMD 6010  

Biological Basis of Health and Disease   


GCHB 6030

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health   


SPHL 9980



GCHB Department Requirements (2 courses, 6 credits)


Course Title


GCHB 6110   

Planning of Health Education Programs   


GCHB 6120

Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and
Communication Programs


MPH in Community Health Sciences Requirements:

At least four (4) courses in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences selected from courses in the nutrition, health education and communications, and maternal and child health sections within the department.

SPHTM Electives: 

The remaining 9 or 10 credits may be chosen from any elective course offered within the SPHTM with the approval of a student's advisor.


Example Schedule

View a sample course schedule 



A 300-hour advanced field experience (practicum) that allows students to develop competencies in advanced practice skills, under the direction of a qualified preceptor in the practice setting, is required. This practicum should focus on developing advanced leadership skills in public health disciplines. The advisor works with each student to develop measurable learning objectives prior to their practicum experience. Self assessment and reflection as well as assessment of teams, peers and supervisors are important skills in future public health leaders.  Here are some examples:

Culminating Experience

Students in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences can choose one of two options for their culminating experience:

  1. Comprehensive Examination
    The Comprehensive Examination consists of two parts: Part A – a school-wide examination based on core competencies, as well as cross-cutting competencies, established by the American Schools of Public Health; and Part B – a departmental-specific examination based on principles and concepts of Community Health Sciences, as covered in the required departmental core courses.

  2. Public Health Analysis
    The Public Health Analysis is an in-depth written report that considers a topic of relevance to public health practice. It involves a thorough review of the literature, discussion, and recommendations for public health policy and practice. The content and format of the report are described in school and departmental guideline documents. 

Information on both options can be found from the link listed below as SPH Academic Policies and Guidelines.

Please visit the links below for details:

PHA Sample 1
PHA Sample 2
School of Public Health Academic Policies and Guidelines


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