MPH in Community Health Practice

Course of Study

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the basic professional degree in the field. It is required for many supervisory and managerial positions in public health and is recommended for many others. Students are expected to complete a series of courses that cover the breadth of public health and develop competencies appropriate for their elected discipline.

The MPH in Community Health Practice focuses on the application of public health sciences at the community level. Faculty and students are concerned with: the assessment of population health; the planning, implementation and evaluation of health programs in community settings; and appraisal of community-level effects of health policies and programs. The teaching program emphasizes systematic analysis and appropriate use of quantitative and qualitative health data. Students develop and enhance their skills by examining community health issues in the classroom and the community.

General MPH Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of at least 45 semester credit hours
  • Completion of five core courses, one in each discipline: Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences: Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Management, Policy and Community Health
  • Completion of a course in Ethics in Public Health and Healthcare
  • Satisfactory completion of a Practicum
  • Satisfactory completion of a culminating experience. All MPH students must present their culminating experience projects at the School prior to graduation. All completed theses or reports will be made available to the public.


Current Degree planner for MPH in Community Health Practice


Competencies for MPH in CHP

  1. Identify and explain the determinants of individual and population health.
  2. Identify and explain the core functions and essential services of public health.
  3. Identify leadership aspects of public health research and practice programs.


  1. Explain the concept of the public health system , identify its components and describe their interactions.
  2. Assess health-related needs and assets/resources present in a community.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of the principles and methods of community health program design, implementation and evaluation
  4. Communicate public health concepts and proposals clearly. Demonstrate effective collaboration and leadership.
  5. Describe the significance of leadership in advancing public health policies and programs with community partners.