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Master of Public Health: Population Mental Health & Wellbeing

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

The Master of Public Health in Population Mental Health and Wellbeing centers on a study of mental health and substance use from a population perspective. The program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the principles and theories of public health practice, and with the specialized knowledge needed to practice public health in the areas of mental health, substance use, and well-being promotion. This program is among the first and only MPH concentrations in population mental health in the country; only one other CEPH-accredited school currently offers an MPH concentration in mental health and substance use.

Mental health and substance use disorders make a significant impact on the health of individuals, families and communities. Depression, anxiety and substance abuse issues carry a high burden of disease and disability in the U.S., and result in a substantial cost to families, employers and health systems. By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. Public health efforts are essential to stemming the growing tide of these harmful and costly issues, and the Colorado School of Public Health is charting the course toward a healthier future by:

  • Advancing the integration of physical and mental health care
  • Promoting overall well-being
  • Focusing on prevention and early intervention across the lifespan
  • Educating current next-generation leaders in population mental health  

Students in this concentration will learn about etiology of mental health and substance use disorders, best practices for addressing these issues at a population level with primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention efforts, and the existing and upcoming models for integrated health systems.
Graduates from this 42 credit hour program will go on to bridge the gap between population health and mental health. This program is ideal for public health professionals seeking to expand their expertise to mental health and well-being promotion, service providers who seek a population-level perspective, or those looking to launch a career in this exciting new field.

 Program Curriculum

MPH-Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Curriculum Checksheet

Course Course # Credits

Required MPH Core Credits

  Total: 17

Applied Biostatistics I

BIOS  6601



EPID   6630


Environmental & Occupational Health

EHOH 6614


Social and Behavioral Factors and Health​

CBHS 6610


Introduction to HSMP

HSMP 6601


Foundations of Public Health

PUBH 6600


Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Required Core

Total: 12

​Mental Health ​PMHW 6601 ​​3
Behavioral Health Systems and Policy PMHW 6620 ​3
Mental Health and Well-being Promotion ​PMHW 6621 ​3
Methods in Research and Evaluation ​ ​CBHS 6612 ​3

General Electives

Total: 9

Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Methods Electives
Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Topic Electives

Practicum and Capstone

Total: 4


PUBH 6606


Capstone Preparation PMHW 6990 ​1
​Capstone Integration ​PUBH 6991 ​1



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.​

Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Suggested Methods-based Electives: 

  • BIOS 6602- Applied Biostatistics 2 (3 credits, CU Anschutz) 
  • BIOS 6648- Design and Conduct of Clinical Research (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • HDFS 6500 Research Methods II (3 credits, CSU)
Community and Behavioral Health
  • CBHS 6613 Program Planning and Implementation (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • CBHS 6620 Survey Research (2 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • CBHS 6622 Qualitative Research Methods  (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • CBHS 6628 Tech-based Health Promotion (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • CBHS 6637 Applied Quantitative Analysis for Community Health Science (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • CBHS 6638 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits, CU Anschutz​)
  • CHBH 5350 Effective Community Health Engagement (3 credits, UNC)
  • JTCM 6300 Health Communication (3 credits, CSU)
  • ANTP 6430 Advanced Ethnographic Field Methods (3 credits, CSU)
  • EPID 6631 Analytical Epidemiology (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • EPID 6632 CU Advanced Epidemiology (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • EPID 6646 Introduction to Systematic Reviews  (1 credit, CU Anschutz)
  • EPID 7605 Research Methods with Secondary Data Sources (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • EDRM 7010 Applied Linear Models (3 credits, CSU)
Health Systems, Policy and Management
  • HSMP 6602 Health Equity (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • HSMP 6604 Health Care Economics (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • HSMP 6609 Cost Benefit and Effectiveness in Health (2 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • POLS 6650 Public Policy Analysis (3 credits, CSU)

Population Mental Health & Wellbeing​ Suggested Topic-based Electives: 
  • CBHS 6616 Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology, Theory & Prevention (1 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • CBHS 6629 Health and Human Rights (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • EHOH 6622 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Community Resiliency (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • EHOH 6642 Disaster Mental Health: International and Domestic Perspectives (3 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • EPID 6637 Injury & Violence Epidemiology & Prevention (2 credits, CU Anschutz)
  • ANTP 5450 Culture and Mental Health/CSU title: Global Mental Health: Theory and Method (3 credits, CSU)
  • ANTP 5470 Mind, medicine, and culture (4 credits, CSU)
  • PSY 6000 Advanced Psychology: Health Psychology (3 credits, CSU)
  • GERO 6400 Health Aspects of Aging (3 credits, UNC)

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