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Community & Behavioral Health

About the Department

Community & Behavioral Health

The Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the Colorado School of Public Health brings together faculty members from the fields of sociology, psychology, anthropology and epidemiology.  The Department focuses on using scientific evidence and community collaboration to assess community needs and develop programs and policies that promote health, prevent disease, and enhance quality of life.  

The Department offers a Master of Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education at the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Public Health Generalist with community health related focus areas in Global Health & Disparities, Health Exercise & Science, Health Communition or Public Health Nutrition at Colorado State University. The Department has an affiliated PhD program in Health and Behavioral Sciences with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.

Meet the Chair:

Carol E. Kaufman, PhD,
is serving as the Interim Chair of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. As Associate Professor, Dr. Kaufman has more than 18 years of experience conducting research with tribal communities​ in the Colorado School of Public Health's Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. She has grounded these efforts within a strong community-based participatory research framework, working closely with communities to enhance partnership and collaboration in all aspects of research. She is a demographer/sociologist with major research interests in: (1) the cultural and community context of adolescent risk-taking in sexual health and substance use; (2) the adaptation, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of theory-based health interventions within and across diverse communities; and (3) new applications and approaches in research design and methodology. Additionally, she works closely with the Office of Rural Health of the Department of Veteran Affairs to translate research into practice to improve the health and well-being of Native American Veterans. She also teaches undergraduate and doctoral level public health courses, and embraces innovative approaches to promoting a diverse and well-trained public health workforce. 


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