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Certificate - Population Mental Health & Wellbeing

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

​The Certificate in Population Mental Health and Wellbeing will prepare you to respond to the challenges of preventing and treating mental health and substance use conditions, and to promote overall mental well-being at a population level.  You will addresses the unique problems that face behavioral health (i.e. mental health and substance use), such as misinformation and the stigma that interferes with help-seeking behaviors, lack of behavioral health training in the workforce, and a failure to invest in mental health promotion and early intervention. 

This certificate is designed for those seeking to build expertise in behavior health issues and for members of the behavioral health workforce looking for a population-based perspective. It will introduce you to innovative, population-minded approaches to behavioral health issues and you will receive training on the epidemiology of mental and substance use disorders, population-based prevention and treatment strategies, integrative care models, policy and advocacy efforts.


Course ID Course Name ​Cred​its
Required Certificate Core Courses ​ 12
PMHW 6601
​Mental Health ​3
PMHW 6620 Population Mental Health Systems, Policy, and Advocacy ​3
CBHS 6610
PBHC 5500
CHBH 5090
Social and Behavioral Factors and Health ​3
EPID 6630
PBHC 5700
CHBH 6200
Epidemiology ​3
​Electives*​ ​3
​Total 15​
​​​​*See the Elective List below for a full list of approved electives.​​​​​1

 Learning Objectives

By pursuing the certificate in Population Mental Health & Well-Being you will learn to:

  • Describe the history of the behavioral health field
  • Describe natural history, prevalence rates, risk and protective factors, clinical characteristics of major mental and behavioral health disorders
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advocacy, policy, and integrated healthcare systems in behavioral health 
  • Specify unique characteristics of populations at-risk for behavioral health disorders based on culture, race/ethnicity, age, orientation, etc.
  • Understand the evolution of mental health policy and services in the United States
  • Describe the etiology, epidemiology, and social determinants of mental health disorders and mental illness
  • Understand the role of culture, race/ethnicity, gender, poverty, and social justice in the experience and diagnosis of mental health problems
  • Understand the relationship of mental health to common societal and public health problems.
  • Identify basic concepts of fields related to epidemiology including demography, infectious disease, and preventive medicine. 
  • Specify applications of epidemiologic methods including infectious disease outbreak investigation and screening program design
  • Identify and apply theories, concepts, and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines used in public health research and practice
  • Describe the merits and limitations of social and behavioral science programs and policies for improving population health
  • Identify strategies for engaging stakeholders in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs and policies. 


 Elective List

Course ID Course Name ​Cred​its
CU Anschutz 
Content-Focused Electives​
CBHS 6616 Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology, Theory & Prevention ​1
CBHS 6621 Maternal & Child Health ​3
CBHS 6629 Health & Human Rights ​3
CBHS 6634 Adolescent Health ​1
​EHOH 6622 ​Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness ​3
​EPID 6637 ​Injury & Violence Epidemiology & Prevention 2​
​​​Methods-Focused Electives ​
​BIOS 6602 ​Applied Biostatistics II ​3
​BIOS 6648 ​Design & Conduct of Clinical Research ​3
​CBHS 6612 ​Methods in Research & Evaluation ​3
​CBHS 6613 ​Program Planning & Implementation ​3
​HSMP 6602 ​Health Equity ​​3
​​Colorado State University ​
​​Content-Focused Electives ​ ​
​ANTP 5450 ​Global Mental Health: Theory & Method ​3
​ANTP 5470 ​Mind, Medicine, and Culture ​4
​HDFS 6120 ​Adolescent Development ​3
​PSCY 6000 ​Advanced Psychology: Health Psychology ​3
​​Methods-Focused Electives ​ ​
​HDFS 6080 ​Program Design & Implementation ​3
​HDFS 6090 ​Prevention Program Evaluation ​3
​​University of Northern Colorado ​ ​
​​Content-Focused Electives ​ ​
​GERO 6400 ​Health Aspects of Aging ​3
​​Methods-Focused Electives ​ ​
​CHBH 6100 ​Program Planning & Evaluation ​3
​CHBH 6150 ​Methods in Public Health Research & Evaluation ​3
​​​​*See the Elective List below for a full list of approved electives.​​​3

 Additional Notes

  • Students who complete the Certificate in PMHW are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program. Students who complete the Certificate in PMHW and later apply to the MPH program are eligible to submit their transcript of completed certificate coursework in lieu of GRE scores.
  • A maximum of 21 credits taken in the certificate may be transferred into the MPH program. Of these 21, no more than 9 credits may be from coursework taken as a non-degree student.
  • Students interested in seeking an MPH concurrently or following their certificate in Population Mental Health and Well-being can apply no more than 9 credits toward both programs. ​
Learn more about the program here​.4

 Admissions Requirements

​​Review the admissions requirements here​. Ready to apply? Visit SOPHAS Express​ to submit your application.​​6

 Contact Us

​Admissions Contact: 
Colorado School of Public Health 
303.724.4613 (p) 

Office & Hours: 
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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