Online MPH in Community Health Sciences

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The Online MPH in Community Health Sciences is a degree that emphasizes leadership skills in community health sciences (CHS). The program 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 leadership approaches to promote community health and well-being and health equity.

Program Competencies

Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.

  1. Analyze public health issues within the context of a specific community and environment, generate solutions, and apply solutions with communities.
  2. Design theoretically informed and culturally appropriate interventions by applying public health theory and principles to a diverse set of problems at the community level.
  3. Develop an effective plan to monitor and evaluate a community-based public health intervention or program based on translation of scientific evidence.
  4. Collaborate effectively with members of a community through engagement in the process of public health programming.
  5. Effectively communicate in both oral and written forms to a variety of audiences and purposes related to community health.
Admissions Requirements
  • Applicants must meet the school's admission and application requirements for entrance into master's programs at SPHTM.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Academic achievement - typically a GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Online Program Admissions

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Community Health Sciences requires a total of 45 credits that include:

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)

SPHL 6020    Foundations of Public Health  (3)          
SPHL 6050    Biostatistics for Public Health   (3)           
SPHL 6060    Epidemiology for Public Health  (3)          
SPHL 6070    Health Systems Policy and Management (3)        
SPHL 6080    Design Strategies in Public Health Programs (3)    

CHS Program course requirements (15 credits)

SBPS 6030    Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health (3)
SBPS 6340    Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs (3)
SBPS 6700    Social Innovation Tools (3)
SBPS 7010    Health Communication Theory and Practice  (3)
SPHL 6100    Health Equity (3)

Electives Coursework (15 credits)

Any online course offered through the Online MPH which typically includes Sections 80 through 89 courses offered through the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Professional Preparation

Applied Practice Experience (0)
Integrative Learning Experience (0)

The Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) demonstrates the synthesis of the foundational and program competencies. Students will select five of the foundational and program competencies that will be applied in case studies and scenarios. A high-quality written report will result from compiling group activities and assignments that may include: policy brief, evaluation report, press release, communication speaking points, legislative updates, or other products that would be of value to their employer or public health practitioners.

The Applied Practice Experience (APE or practicum) demonstrates the student’s attainment of program competencies through applied work. The practicum is the opportunity to demonstrate at least five competencies (foundational and programmatic) in a practice setting. Students will work with advisors to identify practice activities for the practicum; the practicum may be one large activity or multiple experiences. The student will produce a written product from the activities and outcomes; the report will also include a reflection of the way the student applied the competencies in practice. The practicum should be useful to the practice setting/organization.

Contact Us

Interim Program Lead Faculty: Maya Begalieva, MD, PhD, MPH

Program Director: Kathy Carneiro

Program Manager for Academic Residencies: Lacey Allen


Phone: 504-988-3786 or 800-862-2122

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