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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
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
2 credits

PUBH 6955
Capstone Project
2 credits

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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