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Community and Behavioral Health - Colorado School of Public Health


Master of Public Health

Community Health Education 


 University of Northern Colorado - Program Overview


Campus | University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

As policy leaders continue to recognize the cost effectiveness of preventive health measures, the demand for community health education professionals is growing.  Passionate about working with diverse populations, community health education professionals plan, implement and evaluate programs that improve the health of individuals and communities. If you want to help develop healthier communities, the Colorado School of Public Health MPH in Community Health Education at the University of Northern Colorado campus is the best place to start.

Community Health Education is designed to give students the skills necessary to change policies, environments, attitudes and behaviors that affect the health of individuals and communities. You will have the opportunity to complete your Practice-Based Learning experience at local organizations that are working to address the needs of their communities.

By focusing on prevention through effective health education programs, you can help reduce the costs of health care around the nation.  Upon completion of the program, you will have the opportunity to work as an administrator or practitioner in health departments, community organizations, corporations, schools and governmental organizations. You will learn how to promote healthy living, prevent disease, and prepare to change the health of individuals and communities for the better.

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Concentration Requirements - Community Health Education

Required MPH Core Courses (17 credits)

CH 612/CHBH 6120              Statistical Applications in Public Health                            3 credits

CH 620/CHBH 6200              Epidemiology                                                                 3 credits

CH 550/CHBH 5500              Environmental Health                                                    3 credits

CH 509/ CHBH 5090             Behavior Change Theories                                              3 credits

CH 635/CHBH 6350              Health Systems & Management                                     3 credits

PUBH 6600                           Foundations in Public Health                                          2 credits

Required Concentration Courses (12 credits)


CH 530/CHBH 5300              Strategies for Community Health Promotion                   3 credits

CH 535/CHBH 5350              Effective Community Health Engagement                      3 credits


CH 610/CHBH 6100              Program Planning & Evaluation                                      3 credits


CH 615/CHBH 6150              Methods in Public Health Research & Evaluation             3 credits


HRS 610/HRSS 6100            Interpretation & Evaluation of Behavioral Research        3 credits


SRM 600/SRMS 6000            Introduction to Graduate Research                                3 credits


Electives (9 credits)

Practice Based Learning (4 credits)

CH 693/CHBH 6930              Practicum                                                                     2 credits

CH 693/CHBH 6860              Capstone Project                                                           2 credits

TOTAL                                                                                 42 credits


 Concentration Competencies



MPH Community Health Education Concentration (CN) Competencies


Conduct needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for community-based public health education/promotion programs, policies and interventions.


Identify and apply evidence-based principles and scientific knowledge to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health.


Identify and apply individual, group and community-level theories, models, concepts and best practices to public health practice and problem solving.


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.


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.

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