MPH in Community and Behavioral Health

The MPH in Community and Behavioral Health prepares public health practitioners for a variety of positions related to community development, health program implementation, and health education. Students learn how to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions that are directed toward identified public health problems in populations. Bachelor’s level training in the social and behavioral sciences is good preparation for this program, but current students come from a variety of educational backgrounds.

The Applied Practice Experience requirement has been fulfilled in the past with organizations or agencies that are actively addressing public health concerns with intervention programs. Past sites have included the Johnson County Public Health Department, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa City Family Planning Clinic, and the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics.

Graduates of the CBH Program of Study are able to:

  • Articulate the historical and contemporary interrelations among determinants of health
  • Summarize community-engaged research and practice methodology
  • Utilize the strengths/assets of a community to address health inequities.
  • Use ethical, culturally informed, and participatory processes to implement health promotion action.
  • Develop appropriate, realistic, and measurable goals and objectives for health promotion action.
  • Analyze differences in perspectives and values among stakeholders/decision makers that affect health equity
  • Adapt evidence-based theory-guided approaches and interventions to rural contexts.

Examples of careers include:

  • Health Educator
  • Program Manager, State Public Health Department
  • Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Coordinator
  • Director, County Public Health Department
  • Policy Advisor

A typical student completes the MPH in two years. This following is a sample plan of study based on a full-time student starting in the Fall. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you.

 

Sample Plan of Study for MPH degree in Community and Behavioral Health
Course No. Course Name Hours
Fall 1 12 s.h.
CBH:5220 Health Behavior and Health Education 3 s.h.
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.
Spring 1 12 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Required 3 s.h.
Fall 2 12 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Required 3 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Required 3 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Elective 3 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Elective 3 s.h.
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education & Practice for MPH Students 0 s.h.
Spring 2 6 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Required 3 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH degree total 42 s.h.

 

CBH Required
Course No. Course Name Hours
Community and Society – Pick 1
CBH:5235 Community-Based Participatory Research (Fall) 3 s.h.
CBH:6230 Health Equity and Social Justice (Spring) 3 s.h.
Intervention – Pick 1
CBH:6205 Designing and Implementing Interventions (Spring) 3 s.h.
CBH:6220 Health Communication Campaigns (Fall) 3 s.h.
Methods – Pick 2
CBH:5305 Evaluation: Approaches and Applications (Fall) 3 s.h.
CBH:5310 Qualitative Research for Public Health (Varies) 3 s.h.
CBH:6335 Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health (Spring) 3 s.h.
Courses not picked can also be used as electives.

 

Suggested Electives
Course No. Course Name Hours
CBH:5230 Public Health Issues in Overweight Management 3 s.h.
CBH:5435 Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention 3 s.h.
CBH:5440 Prevention and Intervention of Mental Health Disorders 3 s.h.
CBH:6115 Ethnographic Field Methods 3 s.h.
CBH:6405 Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health 3 s.h.
CBH:6410 Special Topics 3 s.h.
CBH:6415 Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Health 3 s.h.
HMP:6360 Non-Profit Organizations Effectiveness I 3 s.h.
URP:6253 Health Cities and the Environment 3 s.h.
URP:6260 Transportation Policy and Planning 3 s.h.
URP:6400 Eco-Sensitive, Low-Cost Housing: The Kerala Experience 3 s.h.
Work with your advisor to select electives.

 

Summary of Requirements
Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
CBH Required 15 s.h.
CBH Electives 6 s.h.
Interprofessional Education & Practice 0 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH Capstone 1 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.

 


Questions or comments? Contact Justin Denman. This page was last reviewed on August 20, 2019.