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.

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. The 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.
CBH:6335 Research Methods in CBH 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:6230 Health Equity, Disparities, and Social Justice 3 s.h.
Fall 2 9 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.
CBH:5305 Evaluation: Approaches and Applications 3 s.h.
CBH:#### CBH Required 3 s.h.
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education & Practice for MPH Students 0 s.h.
Spring 2 9 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Required 3 s.h.
CBH: ### CBH Elective 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
Intervention – Pick 1
CBH:6205 Designing and Implementing Interventions (Fall) 3 s.h.
CBH:6220 Health Communication Campaigns (TBD) 3 s.h.
Methods – Pick 1
CBH:5235 Community-Based Participatory Research (Spring) 3 s.h.
CBH:5310 Qualitative Research for Public Health (Spring) 3 s.h.
Courses not picked can also be used as electives.


Suggested Electives
Course No. Course Name Hours
CBH:4140 Feminist Activism and Global Health 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:6415 Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Health ARR
HMP:6360 Non-Profit Organizations Effectiveness I 3 s.h.
URP:6253 Healthy Cities and the Environment 3 s.h.
URP:6260 Transportation Policy and Planning 3 s.h.
SOC:6420 Seminar: Select Topics in Deviance & Control 3 s.h.
Work with your advisor to select electives.


Summary of Requirements
Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
CBH Required 18 s.h.
CBH Electives 3 s.h.
Interprofessional Education & Practice 0 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH Capstone 1 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.