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Community and Behavioral Health - Colorado School of Public Health

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.


Concentration Requirements - Community & Behavioral Health

MPH Core Course Equivalencies (PDF download)

Course Course # Credits

Required MPH Core Credits


Applied Biostatistics I

BIOS 6601


​Biostatistics Lab - SAS*  
Biostatistics Lab - SPSS*
​BIOS 6603
BIOS 6604


EPID 6630


Occupational & Environmental Health

EHOH 6614


Foundations of Health Behavior**

CBHS 6611


Health Systems & Management

HSMP 6601


Foundations in Public Health

PUBH 6600


Required Community & Behavioral Health Courses

Methods in Research & Evaluation

CBHS 6612


Program Planning & Implementation

CBHS 6613


Community Health Assessment

CBHS 6624


​Community and Behavioral Health Electives [any CBHS course(s)] ​CBHS #### ​​3

General Electives




Master's Project




MPH concentration curriculum is updated on an annual basis. Students are required to complete the curriculum approved and in place at the time of matriculation. If you have questions, please contact your advisor, concentration director or review the MPH handbook.​​ 

​Concentration 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 utilize 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 of culturally appropriate programs to promote health equity.
  • Utilize systematic approaches to describe, develop 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 effectiveness.
  • Identify and describe appropriate designs and methods for assessing program reach and implementation.
  • Use oral and written methods for communicating program descriptions and study findings.
  • Effectively work with communities and stakeholders, in an equitable and ethical manner, including developing a work plan, communicating effectively and disseminating results.
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