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Center for Global Health

MPH - Global Health + Community and Behavioral Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

The Master of Public Health in Global Health + Community & Behavioral Health is a 45-credit-hour progam designed to provide you 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. 

Students who select this concentration will complete all the core MPH and CBH curriculum with additional global oriented courses. You will 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.​


Course ID Course Name ​Credits
Required MPH Core Courses
BIOS 6601
Applied Biostatistics I 3
​EPID 6630 ​Epidemiology ​3
​EHOH 6614 ​Environmental & Occupational Health ​3
CBHS 6611 ​Foundations of Health Behavior ​3
HSMP 6601​ ​Health Systems & Management ​3
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​2
​Required Concentration Courses
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 Qualitative Research Methods 3
CBHS 6637 ​Applied Quantitative Analysis ​3
​Global Electives
​CBHS 6622 Qualitative Research Methods 3
CBHS 6628 ​Tech-based Health Promotion ​3
​CBHS 6629 Health & Human Rights 3
​CBHS 6632 ​Public Health in the Caribbean & Latin America ​3
​CBHS 6633 ​Intensive Study of Public Health in Cuba ​3
​​Required Global Public Health Courses ​ ​
​CBHS 6619 ​Public Health in the Global Community ​3
​EHOH 6623 ​Geographic Perspective on Global Health ​1
​Electives ​from the list below ​3 - 5
PUBH 6606 ​​​Practicum ​2
​CBHS 6990 ​Capstone Preparation ​1
​PUBH 6991 ​Capstone Integration ​1
​​Total ​ ​45



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.


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


​​Students who matriculated before 2017-2018: MPH - Global Public Health - Community and Behavioral Health Curriculum Checksheet1


Competencies for Students Concentrating in Community & Behavioral Health


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.

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



MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (GLH) Competencies


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


Critically analyze the political, economic, and ethical issues relevant to methods and contemporary issues in global health. 


Recommend data collection methods in a global context, taking into account unique resource and cultural aspects of the geographic setting.


Apply concepts of global burden of disease, especially disability-adjusted life years, across national and international settings to address health challenges.

​MPH-GLH 5 ​Describe the geographic differences and connections between regions around the world and how they affect health.​

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.​

Featured Course: Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba

CBHS 6633 | 3 Credits

This class offers graduate students an opportunity to study international public health issues by providing an intensive study of the public health system in Cuba. The class is offered in collaboration with the faculty from the Cuban National School of Public Health. Seminar topics include: primary care and prevention services; maternal and child health; allocation of resources; international health programs; and social, political and economic factors that influence health and health service delivery. Information on health systems in other Latin American and Caribbean countries will be included in the course to provide context for understanding public health issues in Cuba.


  • Learn about the successes and challenges of the Cuban health system, which has provided comprehensive services amidst blockades and limited resources.
  • Visit Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine, known for offering free and low cost tuition to international students who agree to practice in underserved regions of the world.
  • Explore Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Instructor: Dr. Joan O'Connell
Offered: Spring and Summer

Colorado School of Public Health

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Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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