Community Health and Prevention

Major: Community Health and Prevention
Degrees Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111; 21-1091; 21-1094

About the Program

Students in the Master of Public Health in Community Health and Prevention program learn about the major drivers of community health, how to improve health through meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders, and will obtain the skills to design, implement, and evaluate public health interventions. Community Health and Prevention faculty focus on a range of topics including public health ethics, the individual, social and structural determinants of health, the use of theory to understand health behavior, and the implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and policies. Students are trained in the application of mixed methods – the use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches in data collection and analysis to understand, promote, and sustain community health. Classroom and practical experiences will foster the development of practical skills relevant to obtaining a career in public health upon graduation. Graduates design, implement, manage, and evaluate health promotion programs and policies. They are leaders in health education, community organization, and advocacy efforts that promote the health of communities in domestic and global settings. 

Major Competencies

  • Use appropriate qualitative and quantitative mixed-methods for community-oriented research design
  • Conduct community-engaged public health research and practice that recognizes intersectional perspectives from theory in response to multi-dimensional processes
  • Create a community health program implementation and evaluation plan that is ethical, socially just, and culturally responsive
  • Partner with communities to contextually assess health problems and propose solutions to public health issues and inequities that recognize the role of power
  • Advocate for human rights-based values in public health research, practice, and policy
  • Use appropriate qualitative and quantitative mixed-methods for community-oriented research design

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
MPH Foundation Courses
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology ***3.0
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics ***3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis ***2.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
CHP Foundation Courses
Required courses
CHP 500Behavior and Social Change Theories 3.0
CHP 501Community Engagement in Public Health Practice & Research3.0
CHP 503Multi-Method Data Analysis in Community Health & Prevention4.0
CHP Depth (Choose TWO classes from the list below)6.0
Design and Grant Writing for Community Health Programs
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
CHP Integrated Learning Experience
CHP 750Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention I3.0
CHP 751Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention II3.0
CHP Electives/Graduate Minors
Methods Elective *3.0
Electives/Graduate Minor **15.0
Community Health and Prevention Electives
History of Public Health
Overview of Maternal and Child Health
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Prevention Principles and Practices
Public Health Ethics
Animals and Public Health
Drug Use and Public Health
Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention
Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness
Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
LGBT Health Disparities
Intersectional Perspectives
Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities
Migration and Health
Religion, Spirituality, and Health
Theory & Practice of Community Health and Prevention II
Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Based Participatory Research
Measuring Health
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis & Manuscript Development
Special Topics in Community Health & Prevention
Special Topics in Community Health & Prevention
Biostatistics Electives
Survival Data Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Environmental and Occupational Health Electives
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Healthy Housing & Built Environment
Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment
Public Health Impacts of Global Climate Change
Crisis and Risk Communication in Public Health
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Epidemiology Electives
Epidemiology of Cancer
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Making Sense of Data
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
Health Management and Policy Electives
Health Management and Policy I
Health Management and Policy II
Evolution of United States Health Policy
Legal Aspects of Public Health
The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Health Organizational Leadership
Health Care Organizations and Management
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Issues in United States Health Policy
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Managing a Public Health Agency
Change Management in Public Health
Fundamentals of Disaster Management
Public Health Funding & Program Development
Coordinating a Population's Care
Health Care Data Analytics
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Health and Human Rights
Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services
Methods in Implementation Science
Health Economics I
Health Economics II
Total Credits56.0

Note: Students choose from 500-999 level courses in BST, EOH, EPI, CHP, HMP, and PBHL for elective courses.

Sample Plan of Study (MPH)

12 Months (4 Quarter) Full-Time

   EPI 5703.0
   BST 5713.0
   HMP 5052.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
First Year
CHP 5003.0CHP 5013.0CHP 5034.0 
PBHL 5000.0CHP 7503.0CHP 7513.0 
 15 12 13 
Total Credits 56

18 Months (5 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
CHP 5003.0BST 5713.0CHP 5034.0PBHL 5000.0
EPI 5703.0CHP 5013.0HMP 5052.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0CHP Depth/Elective/Minors6.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
CHP 7503.0CHP 7513.0  
CHP Depth/Elective/Minors9.0CHP Depth/Elective/Minors9.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

21 Month (6 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
CHP 5003.0BST 5713.0CHP 5034.0PBHL 5000.0
EPI 5703.0CHP 5013.0HMP 5052.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Depth/Method/Elective3.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
Depth/Method/Electives9.0CHP 7503.0CHP 7513.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56
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