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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 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


Course # Credits

Required MPH Core Courses


Behavior Change Theories

CHBH 5090*


Environmental Health

CHBH 5500



CHBH 6200


Policy, Advocacy, Leadership & Management in Community

CHBH 6350


Foundations in Public Health

PUBH 6600



SRMS 6170**


Required Concentration Courses


Strategies for Community Health Promotion

CHBH 5300***


​Effective Community Health Engagement ​CHBH 5350 ​3

Program Planning & Evaluation

CHBH 6100****


​Interpretation & Evaluation of  Behavioral Health
Introduction to Graduate Research
​HRSS 6100

SRMS 6000

​General Electives ​9


CHBH 6930


Capstone Project

CHBH 6860


Total Program Credits


Course requirements reflect those for the 2013-2014 entering class.  Changes ​may occur for students in 2014-2015. Students who enrolled during a prior term ought to consult their program director or faculty advisor to confirm requirements in place at the time of matriculation.

* CHBH 5090 is a prerequisite for CHBH 6100.
** SRMS 6170 is a prerequisite for CHBH 6200
*** CHBH 5300 is a prerequisite for CHBH 6930 or CHBH 5350
**** CHBH 6100 is a prerequisite for CHBH 6930 and CHBH 6360

Concentration Competencies
  • Demonstrate competence in needs assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating community-based public health education/promotion programs, policies and interventions.
  • Become educated consumers of research by identifying and applying 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 understand 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 diverse cultural values, beliefs and traditions of the communities being served.
  • Exhibit the teamwork, leadership, social and interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate effectively with agencies, coalitions and networks in communities in defining and addressing public health issues.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication with professional and diverse public audiences. 
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