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MPH - Community & Behavioral Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

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Dedicated to working on the frontlines of public health through investigating, applying and evaluating solutions to critical health issues, community and behavioral health specialists impact our communities daily. In the Colorado School of Public Health MPH program in Community and Behavioral Health you can influence individuals to make positive health decisions, while strengthening our communities.

Courses in Community and Behavioral Health are designed to prepare students to address the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors that influence health. By studying behaviors, you’ll learn to design and evaluate programs that modify the incidence of diseases the impact our nation and globe.

If you find yourself asking questions like, “how can individuals change risky health behaviors?” or “what are the best interventions for preventing obesity?” a career in community and behavioral health will fit your interests. Upon completion of this program, you’ll find careers as health educators, evaluation specialists and program officers at public health agencies, hospitals, non-profits and academic institutions.

Learn to assess community needs, develop programs and alter policies that will promote health, prevent disease and enhance quality of life.

The Community and Behavioral Health MPH Program invites applications from those with training and background in a wide variety of disciplines and undergraduate degree programs.  The Community and Behavioral Health program, however, is closely aligned with the social and behavioral sciences.  Reviewers will be looking for evidence of strong analytic and written communication skills as well as one year of practical experience (e.g., internships, paid work experiences, and volunteering).  In addition, a strong personal statement of academic training, practical experiences, and career goals as they relate to community and behavioral health is strongly recommended.  ​



CBHS Curriculum Effective Fall 2017

Course ID Course Name ​Credits
Required MPH Core Courses (17 credits)
BIOS 6601
Applied Biostatistics I


​EPID 6630 ​Epidemiology ​3
​EHOH 6614 ​Environmental & Occupational Health ​3
CBHS 6611 Foundations of Health Behavior ​3
HSMP 6601​ ​Health Systems Management Policy ​3
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​2
​Required Concentration Courses (12 credits)
CBHS 6612​ Methods in Research & Evaluation ​3
CBHS 6613 Program Planning & Implementation ​3
CBHS 6624 Community Health Assessment ​3

Choose 1 of the following 2 options:

CBHS 6622

CBHS 6637

Qualitative Research Methods

Applied Quantitative Analysis



​Electives ​ ​9
PUBH 6606 ​Practicum ​2
​CBHS 6990 ​Capstone Preparation ​1
PUBH 6991 Capstone Integration ​1
​​Total ​ ​42
Students who matriculated before 2017-2018: MPH Community and Behavioral Health Curriculum Checksheet
Students who matriculated in or after 2017-2018: MPH-Community and Behavioral Health Curriculum Checksheet 

 Concentration Competencies


MPH Community and Behavioral Health Concentration (CBHS) 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 or 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, implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs/activities.


Describe appropriate research designs and evaluation criteria to assess the effectiveness of public health programs.


Critically assess and select appropriate quantitative and qualitative measurement methods for evaluating program reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and sustainability. 



Effectively engage and collaborate with communities and stakeholders, in an equitable and ethical manner, including developing a work plan, communicating effectively and disseminating results.



Analyze quantitative or qualitative data, using a social science perspective, to understand factors associated with health or health behavior. 

MPH-CBHS 9 Interpret and report the results of quantitative or qualitative studies, taking a social science perspective on health.​

 Contact Us

​Program Director:
Virginia Visconti, PhD, MAT
Assistant Professor (C/T)


Admissions Contact: 
Colorado School of Public Health 

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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