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Community and Behavioral Health - Colorado School of Public Health

Center for Global Health

Master of Public Health

Global Public Health - Community and Behavioral Health

Campus | University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus​, Aurora, CO

The Department of Community and Behavioral Health offers the new Global Public Health-Community and Behavioral Health concentration. The program requires a minimum of 45 credit hours and provide students with public health perspectives of globalization and global health issues; programs and best practices; and trains students to use public health methods to address global public health challenges. 

Global Public Health - Community and Behavioral Health

Students who select the Global Public Health - Community and Behavioral Health concentration complete all the core MPH and CBH curriculum with additional global oriented courses.  They gain an in-depth understanding of community and behavioral health, which focuses on using scientific evidence and community collaboration to assess community needs and develop programs and polices that promote health, prevent disease, and enhance quality of life.


Program Admission

Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MPH program admission. Click here to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions.


Course Course # Credits
Required MPH Core Credits   Total Required: 18 
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601 3
​Biostatistics Lab - SAS*  
Biostatistics Lab - SPSS*
​BIOS 6603
BIOS 6604
Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Foundations of Health Behavior CBHS 6611 3
Health Systems & Management HSMP 6601 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
Required Community & Behavioral Health Courses Total Required: 12
Methods in Research & Evaluation CBHS 6612 3
Program Planning & Implementation CBHS 6613 3
Community Health Assessment CBHS 6624 3
​Community and Behavioral Health Electives [any CBHS course(s)] ​CBHS #### ​​3
Community & Behavioral Health Global Electives Select: 3-5
Qualitative Research Methods ​ ​CBHS 6622 ​3
​Nutrition in the Global Community ​CBHS 6623 ​2
​Tech-Based Health Promotion ​CBHS 6628 ​3
Health and Human Rights ​CBHS 6629 3​
Required Global Public Health Courses Total Required: 7-9
Public Health in the Global Community​ ​CBHS 6619 ​3
​Geographic Perspective on Global Health ​EHOH 6623 ​1
​Electives in Global Public Health ​3-5
Practicum 2
Master's Project 2

In addition to in class curriculum, students are required to complete a practicum and capstone. The capstone should incorporate a global component. Past MPH students have completed practicum and capstone experiences internationally with organizations in Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Zambia. Our Center for Global Health is a strong resource to learn more about possible global projects. Students may also consider domestic opportunities which support a global cause or issue.

Global Electives

Students many not use the same course to fulfill more than one requirement.

  • CBHS 6623 | Nutrition in the Global Community (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6629 | Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6632 | Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6633 | Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 | GIS for Public Health Research and Practice (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6670 | International Travel and Health (1 credit)
  • EHOH 6710 | Disasters, Climate Change and Health (3 credits)
  • EPID 6624 | Public Health Surveillance (2 credits)
  • EPID 6635 | Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6640 | Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (2 credits)
  • EPID 6670 | Epidemiology and the Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6602 | Health Equity (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6608 | Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6615 | Global Health Policy Issues (2 credits)
  • HSMP 66xx | Comparative Health Systems (2 credits)

 Concentration Competencies

​Competencies for Students Concentrating in Community and Behavioral Health


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 and 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.

Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health - Community and Behavioral Health


MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.


Describe contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.


Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health.


Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.

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