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

This degree option leads to a distinct 42 credit graduate degree that can be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

In addition to taking nine courses (27 credits) in Community Health and Prevention Sciences, 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 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.

Teaching Assistantships: There are a limited number of teaching assistantships available for students in the MS – CHPS or MPH - CHPS degree programs. Please contact Blakely Brown or Annie Sondag to learn more about the teaching assistantship and how to apply for the assistantship.


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Course Title Credits Delivery Method

PUBH 542: Applied Theoretical Foundations of Community Health

3 In-person

PUBH 544 Community Based Participatory Research

3 In-person

PUBH 510 Introduction to Epidemiology

3 On-line

PUBH 560 Environmental and Rural Health

3 On-line

PUBH 550 Program Evaluation and Research Methods

3 On-line

CHTH 485 Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling

3 In-person

PUBH 570 Ethical Issues in Public Health OR

PUBH 475E: Issues in Medical and Public Health Ethics





PUBH 530 Public Health Admin & Management

3 On-line

Electives (negotiated with advisor)

9 In-person or On-line

PUBH 520 Fundamentals of Biostatistics

3 On-line

PUBH 594 Integrative Learning Experience

3 In-person

PUBH 595 Applied Practice Experience

3 In-person

Elective Courses - click here to find elective courses for the MPH-CHPS degree program

Capstones - click here to find information on the MPH-CHPS Capstone courses