MPH Community Health

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The community health concentration prepares professionals from a variety of backgrounds (nursing, medicine, dentistry, allied health, social work, health education, nutrition, psychology, anthropology, sociology) for public health careers. This concentration uses a multidisciplinary approach to identify community, family, social and behavioral factors in both the onset of the solution to public health problems through disease prevention, health promotion or health care. Community health contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies that promote healthy environments and health lives for individuals and populations. Students will also be prepared to perform community-based research, communicate findings to the public and policymakers, and advocate for evidence-based programs and policies. Traditionally, program graduates have assumed positions in public health departments, health and human service agencies, and other health care settings.

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

  • Comprehend, apply, and evaluate multi-level and inter-disciplinary 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.

2013-2014 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 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 Introduction to Data Management & Statistical Computing 2 (3 SCH)
BACH 5314 Quantitative Research Methods  (3 SCH)
BACH 5340 Community Assessment & 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 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
PHED 5197 MPH Portfolio (1.5 SCH)

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

Elective Courses: 12 SCH 

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH 
BACH 5001 MPH Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH) 

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 31st Jan 2014