Community Health and Prevention

Major: Community Health and Prevention
Degrees Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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

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

Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Major 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 & Prevention3.0
CHP Depth (Select Two)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
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Integrative Learning Experience
CHP 750Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention I3.0
CHP 751Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention II3.0
Methods Elective *3.0
Select one:
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Survival Data Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Based Participatory Research
Measuring Health
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Epidemiology of Cancer
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Intermediate Epidemiology
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Methods in Implementation Science
Total Credits56.0

Students can take a methods class at the master's or doctoral level from across the university. Additional classes may count with program approval. 800-level courses may require professor's permission.


Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study (MPH)

12-Month (4-Quarter) Full-Time

   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
First Year
CHP 5003.0CHP 5013.0CHP 5033.0 
HMP 5053.0CHP 7503.0CHP 7513.0 
PBHL 5000.0Depth/Method/Electives9.0Depth/Method/Electives6.0 
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 56

18-Month (5-Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0CHP 5013.0CHP 5033.0PBHL 5000.0
CHP 5003.0EPI 5703.0HMP 5053.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Depth/Methods/Electives6.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
CHP 7503.0CHP 7513.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

21-Month (6-Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0CHP 5013.0CHP 5033.0PBHL 5000.0
CHP 5003.0EPI 5703.0HMP 5053.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Depth/Methods/Electives3.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
Depth/Methods/Electives9.0CHP 7503.0CHP 7513.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56
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