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MPH - Healthy Aging + Community Health Education

University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, CO*

This program is currently on hold. Applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back for updates.

According to the U.S Census Bureau, the United States will experience considerable growth in its adult population, with the number of people 65 and older expected to reach 83.7 million by 2050. As this number increases, so too does the need for the discovery and implementation of new policies, programs, and procedures to ensure the best possible health outcomes for our aging population. To meet this need, the Colorado School of Public Health has created a new Master of Public Health degree in Healthy Aging and Community Health Education.

This 42-credit program is designed to develop a workforce prepared to address the multitude of issues that arise as individuals and populations age. With a focus on mental and physical health, improving access to vital resources, identifying and filling in service gaps, and creating programs that increase the likelihood of healthy aging throughout the later years of the human lifespan, this degree will prepare our students for careers that will impact individual and population health.

By pursuing your MPH in Healthy Aging and Community Health Education, you will develop the skills needed to develop and improve programs and policy that focus on healthy aging in a variety of communities.​​

MPH - Healthy Aging + Community Health Education Curriculum Checksheet

​Concentration Requirements 

Required Public Health Prerequisites
​​CH 509 / CHBH 5090 ​Behavioral Change Theories ​Fall ​3 credits
​​CH 550 / CHBH 5500 ​Environmental Health ​Spring ​3 credits
​​CH 612 / CHBH 6120 ​​Statistical Applications in Public Health ​Spring  ​3 credits
​​CH 620 / CHBH 6200 ​​Epidemiology ​Fall ​3 credits
​​CH 635 / CHBH 6350 ​​Policy, Advocacy, Leadership & Management Fall ​3 credits
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​Fall, Spring, Summer ​2 credits
​Community Health Education Courses ​ ​ ​
​CH 530 / CHBH 5300 ​Strategies for Community Health Promotion ​Spring ​3 credits
​CH 535 / CHBH 5350 ​Effective Community Health Engagement ​Fall ​3 credits
​CH 610 / CHBH 6100 ​Program Planning & Evaluation ​Fall ​3 credits
​CH 615 / CHBH 6150 
HRS 610 / HRSS 6100
​Methods in Public Health Research & Evaluation
Interpreting & Evaluating Behavioral Research


​3 credits
​SRM 600 / SRMS 6000
Introduction to Graduate Research

3 credits
​​Healthy Aging Required Courses
​​GERO 6400 ​​Health Aspects of Aging    ​Fall ​3 credits
Healthy Aging Electives (2 courses from the following list, 6 total credits)​​
​​GERO 5600 ​​​​Community Resources for the Elderly ​Fall ​3 credits
​​GERO 6250 ​Psychosocial Aspects of Aging ​Spring ​3 credits
​​GERO 6350 ​Social Policies of Aging Spring​ ​3 credits
​​CH 693 / CHBH 6930 ​​Practicum   ​Fall, Spring ​2 credits
​​​CH 686 / CHBH 6860 ​Masters Project ​Fall, Spring ​2 credits
​Total Program Credits ​ ​ ​42 credits

​Concentration Competencies

​Identifier  ​MPH Healthy Aging & Community Health Education Concentration Competencies
​CN-HACHE 1  ​Conduct needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for community-based public health education/promotion programs, policies and interventions.​
​CN-HACHE 2 ​Identify and apply evidence-based principles and scientific knowledge to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health.
​CN-HACHE 3 ​Identify and apply individual, group and community-level theories, models, concepts and best practices to public health practice and problem solving.
​CN-HACHE 4 ​Identify, assess and address unique characteristics that affect public health within and among communities.

​Work collaboratively to develop, adapt and utilize appropriate methods for interacting professionally and effectively with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, age, gender, sexual orientation, faith community and professional backgrounds.
​CN-HACHE 6 ​Develop public health education/promotion programs and strategies responsive to the cultural values, beliefs and traditions of diverse communities being served.

​Demonstrate the teamwork, leadership, communication, social and interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate effectively with agencies, coalitions and networks in communities in defining and addressing public health issues.
​CN-HACHE 8 ​Communicate the unique developmental aspects of aging: cognitive, psychological, social and emotional.
​CN-HACHE 9 ​Evaluate and apply theories, models, concepts and best practices for providing community programs and services for older adults.
CN-HACHE 10​ ​Develop comprehensive health education/promotion strategies and interventions for older adults.
​CN-HACHE 11 ​Critically evaluate policies that impact older adults.​

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