Masters in Public Health with Community Health and Prevention Sciences Concentration (MPH-CHPS)

This degree option capitalizes on the intellectual strengths and resources across two academic units, the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) and the School of Public and Community Health Sciences (SPCHS) at The University of Montana-Missoula. The integrative program leads to a distinct 42 credit graduate degree that can be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

Faculty from both programs contribute expertise to the new Masters in Public Health with Community Health and Prevention Sciences concentration. In addition to taking nine courses (27 credits) in Community Health and Prevention Sciences offered by HHP, students attain additional public health core content by taking five of the existing Masters in Public Health generalist on-line courses (i.e., biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, environmental health, and ethics, 15 credits). The new option provides a distinct combination of courses and training that prepares new practitioners in public health focused on community and behavioral sciences.

The new option provides students the opportunity to develop greater depth of expertise in one of the core content areas in public health—social and behavioral sciences.  This concentration is especially attractive to students interested in health promotion, health education, program planning, and program evaluation.  Courses in the new degree option are delivered in a prescribed sequence to a cohort of full-time students. The blend of on-line and on-campus courses makes the new option attractive to students who want an on-campus experience that provides more in-person opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty mentors. The new concentration is of interest to new public health practitioners and students recently graduated from undergraduate programs.

The table below presents the course and sequence for the Masters in Public Health with Community Health and Prevention Sciences concentration. Students are able to complete the 42-credit degree in four semesters and one summer term.

Course Title

Cr.

Department Offering the Course

Mode of Delivery

HHP 540 Community Health Promotion Strategies

3

HHP

In-person

HHP 544 Community Based Participatory Research

3

HHP

In-person

Elective (negotiated with HHP Faculty)

3

Any

In-person

PUBH 510 Introduction to Epidemiology

3

SPCHS

On-line

PUBH 560 Environmental and Rural Health

3

SPCHS

On-line

HHP 541 Program Planning in Community Health

3

HHP

In-person

HHP 485 Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling

3

HHP

In-person

PUBH 570 Ethical Issues in Public Health

3

SPCHS

On-line

PUBH 530 Public Health Admin & Mgnt

3

SPCHS

On-line

Elective (negotiated with HHP Faculty)

3

Any

In-person

PUBH 520 Fundamentals of Biostatistics

3

SPCHS

On-line

HHP 599 Professional Paper

3

HHP

In-person

HHP 598 Internship

3

HHP

In-person

HHP XXX Portfolio

3

HHP

In-person