Master of Public Health in Community Health Education

As policy leaders continue to recognize the cost effectiveness of preventive health measures, the demand for health educators is growing.  Passionate about working with diverse populations, health educators plan, implement and evaluate programs that prevent cancer, obesity, HIV/AIDs, diabetes and binge drinking.  If you want to help individuals develop healthy lifestyles, the Colorado School of Public Health MPH in Community Health Education at the University of Northern Colorado campus is the best place to start.

Community Health Education is designed to give students the skills necessary to change policies, environments, attitudes and behaviors that affect the health of individuals and communities. You’ll have the opportunity to complete your Practice-Based Learning experience at local organizations teaching teenagers about the effects of eating disorders or preschoolers about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.

By focusing on prevention through effective health education programs, you can help reduce the costs of health care around the nation.  Upon completion of the program’s Council on Education for Public Health’s accredited curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to work as administrators or practitioners in health departments, community organizations, corporations, schools and governmental organizations. Promote healthy living, prevent disease, and prepare to change the health of individuals and communities for the better. And as an accredited school, our MPH graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination or the Certified in Public Health examination.

Within the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, there are three separate concentrations to select:

Community Health Education (42 credits)

This concentration allows you to tailor your program to your areas of interest by selecting elective courses from a wide variety of offerings each semester from all partner institutions, including classes in women’s health, built environment, physical activity, nutrition, health disparities, and health communication.

Healthy Aging and Community Health Education (42 credits)

This concentration focuses on working with older adults and addresses the essential need for trained professionals to help the growing senior population with health issues. The elective classes are taught by experienced Gerontology faculty and include titles such as: Community Resources for the Elderly and Psychological Aspects of Aging.

Global Health and Community Health Education (45 credits)

This concentration focuses on working on health issues in the global context. Elective options are offered at partners institutions (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado State University) and include classes such as: Health and Human Rights, Global Health Policy Issues, and Nutrition in the Global Community. Students in this concentration are encouraged to take advantage of international opportunities for classes and practicum projects.

The program is designed to be completed in two years, depending upon a student's course selection; taking no more than 15 credits per semester and lasting no more than 5 years.  In addition, each MPH in Community Health Education includes a practicum and master's project as part of the school's practice-based learning curriculum. Students interested in pursuing a thesis option should contact the MPH Program Coordinator, Dr. Mary Dinger.

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