MPH Community Health

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The community health concentration prepares students from a variety of undergraduate majors (biology, kinesiology, nutrition, nursing, psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, communication, and others) for public health careers that focus on community change and empowerment. This multidisiplinary concentration addresses the behavioral, community, socio-cultural, and economic factors that protect and undermine human health. The concentration focuses on community engagement and assessment, and community program planning and evaluation. Students will learn to design, implement, and evaluate preventive interventions, and advocate for public policy that seeks to improve community health and reduce health disparities. Students will be prepared to critically appraise findings from community-based research, effectively communicate findings to the public and policy makers, and advocate for evidence-based community health programs and policies. Traditionally, program graduates have assumed positions in public health departments, health and human services agencies, health care settings, and in community-based research projects. Students in community health concentration will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn  the MPH degree. 

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in community health will be able to:

  • Comprehend, apply, and evaluate multi-level and interdisciplinary theories and models used to solve community health problems;
  • Identify and evaluate the relative contribution of ecological determinants to health outcomes among populations, including vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities;
  • Understand, select and employ appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods for testing community health interventions and resolving community health problems;
  • Plan, implement, administer, and evaluate community-based initiatives and programs using asset-based and data-driven approaches;
  • Understand, administer, and evaluate community-based participatory approaches for reducing health disparities and improving community health outcomes.

2014-2015 Curriculum (48 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies

Core Courses: 15 SCH 
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Concentration Required Courses: 19.5 SCH
BACH 5313 Database Management and Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
BACH 5314 Quantitative Research Methods  (3 SCH)
BACH 5340 Community Assessment and Program Planning (3 SCH)
BACH 5345 Participatory Approaches to Improving Community Health (3 SCH)
BACH 5350 Community Health Program Evaluation (3 SCH)
BACH 6310 Qualitative Research Methods (3 SCH)
PHED 5197 MPH Portfolio (1.5 SCH)

Elective Courses: 6-12 SCH 
(12 SCH with comprehensive examination: 6 SCH with Thesis)

Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
BACH 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH 
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
BACH 5001 MPH Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH) 
BACH 5395 Thesis

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

(Adopted from From Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee, Master Degree in Public Health Core Competency Project, Version 2.3, May 2007)

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies that are used to evaluate public health knowledge, skills and practice. The competencies that have been selected by the UNTHSC SPH are consistent with the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health (, and address the five core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as those specific to their chosen concentration area. MPH students will master the competencies through various activities including coursework, seminars and practice experience. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in the core areas of public health and apply public health perspectives, knowledge, skills and practice in their areas of specialization.

This page last updated 24th Apr 2014