The Masters of Public Health Degree in Community Health Sciences (CHS) focuses on developing knowledge and skills to work with communities in addressing health needs and health disparities, and improving quality of life. This work requires skills in social and behavioral aspects of community health, monitoring and evaluation of community-based programs, community training methodologies, and active engagement within the community to promote health and well-being. This program is well suited for students in a combined degree (e.g. MD/MPH or MSW/MPH) seeking valuable skills in community-based interventions and public health programming.
Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.
The MPH degree in Community Health Sciences requires a total of 45 credits that include:
SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)
Program Course Requirements (20 credits)
The 20 credits required for the CHS program are composed of
CHS Essential Skills Courses (Required courses - 8 credits)
CHS Content Area Courses
Option A: Students select 12 credits from the Community Health list of content topics below with at least three credits at the 7000 level.
Option B: Students may select 6 credits from the Community Health list and 6 credits from a topic area for a total of 12 credits.
Community Health (6 or 12 credits)
Examples of topic areas (6 credits)
Gender and Sexuality (6 credits)
Social Innovation (6 credits)
Elective Courses (10 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with your academic advisor.
Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980)
The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, including at least 3 from the foundational competencies (CEPH Criterion D2). The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. An APE report and poster summarizing the field experiences are required.
Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)
All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. . Students in the MPH in Health Policy conduct a public health analysis.
Students must meet with advisor prior to starting the program to outline their program of study and then at least once a semester to track progress. Students will compile a portfolio of assignments as outcomes demonstrating program competencies.
Student must achieve a grade of B- or better in GCHB 6030 and in GCHB program planning courses (GCHB 6110 or GCHB 6330); and Monitoring and Evaluation courses (6120 or GCHB 6270/GCHB 6200).
The MPH Degree in Community Health Sciences requires a total of 45 credits that includes:
SPHTM - Core Courses (15 credits)
MPH in CHS - Required Courses (18 or 21 credits total)
CHS Required courses consists of:
CHS Essential Skills (6 - 9 credits):
Program Planning (3 credits):
Monitoring and Evaluation (3-6 credits) - consists of single-course and two-course options:
*(may be substituted by equivalent course TRMD 6200 Impact Evaluation)
** (may be substituted by equivalent course GHSD 6270 Monitoring for Program Management)
CHS Essential Skills Application Coursework (12 credits minimum)
Students will work with their advisor to choose at least 12 hours of coursework (at least 4 courses) from the approved courses offered by the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences to apply the skills they learned from the CHS Essential Skills courses, with the goal of including courses with at least 2 learning objectives related to the program planning skills and at least 2 learning objectives related to monitoring and evaluation skills. Relevant learning objectives in these approved courses are detailed on the CHS Essential Skills application tracking forms (weblinks shown below). CHS program advisors can provide more details.
Elective Courses (9-12 credits)
Selected from graduate-level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with your academic advisor.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
All GCHB students must complete a 300-hour field practicum related to applied public health practice. Learn more about this requirement in the SPHTM field practicum handbook.
Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)
All students must complete a Culminating Experience. For CHS, the experience is a public health analysis, an in depth written report that considers a topic of relevance to public health practice. It involves a thorough review of the literature, discussion, and recommendations for public health policy and practice.
The flexibility in course selection requires that each student must document fulfillment of program competencies. Students must meet with their advisor prior to starting the program, during the first semester and at least once a semester thereafter. By the end of the first semester, the student and advisor complete a program plan to meet the application learning objectives. The program plan is reviewed regularly and modified as necessary. At the regular meetings, student and their advisor assesses progress toward competencies. Student must compile a portfolio with papers, projects, presentations and other work demonstrating program competencies.
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