Masters of Community Health and Prevention Sciences (MS-CHPS)

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The Community Health and Prevention Sciences master’s degree option is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the role of program planning and behavioral science theory in the development of health-related programs designed to improve the physical, mental and social health of individuals and communities. Graduates in the Community Health and Prevention Sciences master’s degree option are prepared to work in a variety of settings. These include non-profit health organizations, public health departments, corporate wellness programs, college and university human resource and wellness programs, community health agencies, and primary health care sites such as hospitals and health organizations.

Students who will be most successful in the community health and prevention sciences option are those who are deeply interested in the interrelationship among all aspects of health (social, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical) and in the life sciences and behavioral sciences.  In addition, success in this field requires imagination and creativity in applying scientific knowledge to strategies for individual and community change through a wide range of educational, environmental and political approaches.

Students have the option of completing a thesis or professional paper in this degree option.  In addition, students graduating with a degree in Community Health will be eligible to take the national exam to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

The main differences between the CHPS degree and MPH/CHPS or MPH degree tracks is that the CHPS degree is more research focused/intensive versus the MPH degree tracks that are more practice-based. Additionally, the CHPS degree is not a nationally-accredited degree whereas the MPH degree tracks are.

Core Requirements (20 credits)

Credits

Delivery Format

HHP 540: Community Health Promotion Strategies

3

In-person

HHP 544: Community Based Participatory Research Methods for Health

3

In-person

CHTH 485: Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling

3

In-person

HHP 486: Statistical Procedures in Education OR SOC 563: Social Data Analysis OR PUBH 520: Fundamentals of Biostatistics

3

In-person (HHP 486 and SOC 563; On-line (PUBH 520)

CHTH 445: Program Planning for Community Health

3

In-person

PUBH 475E: Medical and Public Health Ethics

3

In-person

PUBH 591: Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Research and Practice (2 X 1 credit per semester)

2

In-person

Thesis Option Requirements (38 credits minimum)

 

 

HHP 699: Thesis

6

 

Professional Paper Option Requirements (38 credits minimum)

 

 

PUBH 595: Applied Practicum Experience

3

Online

HHP 599: Professional Paper

3

 

Electives (minimum 9 credits). Elective credits must be chosen in consultation with and approved by the student’s academic advisor.

 

Online or In-person

Prerequisites for the Community Health and Prevention Sciences option are on a case by case basis. Interested students are encouraged to contact Blakely Brown (blakely.brown@umontana.edu) or Annie Sondag (annie.sondag@umontana.edu).

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.