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Community and Behavioral Health - Colorado School of Public Health


Master of Public Health

Community and Behavioral Health 

Campus | University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

Dedicated to working on the frontlines of public health through investigating, applying and evaluating solutions to critical health issues, community and behavioral health specialists impact our communities daily. In the Colorado School of Public Health MPH program in Community and Behavioral Health you can influence individuals to make positive health decisions, while strengthening our communities.

Courses in Community and Behavioral Health are designed to prepare students to address the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors that influence health. By studying behaviors, you’ll learn to design and evaluate programs that modify the incidence of diseases the impact our nation and globe.

If you find yourself asking questions like, “how can individuals change risky health behaviors?” or “what are the best interventions for preventing obesity?” a career in community and behavioral health will fit your interests. Upon completion of this program, you’ll find careers as health educators, evaluation specialists and program officers at public health agencies, hospitals, non-profits and academic institutions.

Learn to assess community needs, develop programs and alter policies that will promote health, prevent disease and enhance quality of life.

 MPH-Community and Behavioral Health Curriculum Checksheet

Concentration Requirements - Community & Behavioral Health

MPH Core Course Equivalencies

Required MPH Core Courses (18 credits)


BIOS 6601                    Applied Biostatistics I                                       3 credits


EPID 6630                     Epidemiology                                                   3 credits


EHOH 6614                    Environmental & Occupational Health                3 credits


CBHS 6611                    Foundations of Health Behavior                         3 credits


HSMP 6601                    Health Systems Management Policy                   3 credits


PUBH 6600                     Foundations in Public Health                             2 credits


BIOS 6603                      Statistical Computing – SAS                             1 credit


BIOS 6604                      Statistical Computing – SPSS                           1 credit


Required Concentration Courses (12 credits)


CBHS 6612                    Methods in Research & Evaluation                      3 credits

CBHS 6613                    Program Planning &  Implementation                  3 credits


CBHS 6624                    Community Health Assessment                          3 credits


Community & Behavioral Health Elective (any CBHS course)                     3 credits


Electives (8 credits)

PUBH 6606                      Practicum                                                        2 credits

PUBH 6955                      Capstone Project                                              2 credits


TOTAL                                                                        42 credits



 Concentration Competencies



MPH Community and Behavioral Health Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe, select and apply appropriate theories, models, frameworks and evidence- based strategies for the development of health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management programs.


Describe and apply systematic approaches and methods to assess the health-related needs of communities and populations, taking into account individual, interpersonal, community and societal factors.


Utilize quantitative and qualitative data to identify disparities in health and inform the design and adaptation of culturally appropriate programs to promote health equity.


Use systematic approaches to conceive, design, implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs. Systematic approaches include the use of logic models, principles of Community Based Participatory Research, epidemiologic evidence, and evidence-based intervention strategies.


Identify and describe appropriate research designs for assessing program effectiveness.


Critically assess and select appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement methods for assessing program reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and sustainability.



Use clear, concise, and compelling oral, written, and visual methods for communicating program descriptions and study findings.



Effectively engage and collaborate with communities and stakeholders, in an equitable and ethical manner, including developing a work plan, communicating effectively and disseminating results.

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