As a partner institution in the fully accredited Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Northern Colorado offers an MPH in Community Health Education and a Certificate in Public Health Sciences. This program prepares students to work effectively with diverse communities to identify needs and strengths, as well as develop healthy individuals and communities. The Colorado School of Public Health, collaboratively formed by the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, is the first and only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region. Combining transferable courses, faculty and resources, the collaborative school allows students to access specializations, research and service centers located at the three universities.

CSPH Mission

The mission of the Colorado School of Public Health is to promote the physical, mental, social and environmental health of people and communities in the Rocky Mountain Region and globally. The mission will be accomplished through collaborations in education, population-based research, and community service that bring together institutions, agencies and diverse populations.


  • Danielle Brittain, Associate Professor & Human Services Program Coordinator, was awarded the 2015 Colorado School of Public Health’s Faculty Excellence in Research Award, which will be presented on May 21st at the ColoradoSPH Convocation. This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to student learning by engaging students in the procurement of external funding and/or dissemination of research findings. In 2014, Dr. Brittain worked with a number of UNC Master of Public Health students and students from the University of Saskatchewan on public health related research projects including: (1) barriers to physical activity among gay men, (2) overcoming barriers to active transportation, (3) illness perceptions among adult males with HIV, (4) pain-related cognitions among adults with arthritis who meet and do not meet physical activity recommendations, and (5) factors related to the transition out of female competitive bodybuilding. These projects resulted in regional, state, national, and international conference presentations, published abstracts, and a refereed journal publication.
  • Molly Hadley and Meagan Cain, MPH candidates, presented at the Women’s Wellness Conference at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville on April 18th to share about their experiences traveling in Nepal with fellow ColoradoSPH @ UNC students last summer, where they explored issues around women’s health and gender violence. The presentation: “From Vaginas to Putis: Barriers and Assets to Empowerment among Commercial Sex Workers in Kathmandu, Nepal,” covered their experiences, observations, and personal stories from the women working in prostitution who attended their volunteer-led health workshops and focused on themes of oppression, intersectionality, gender roles, and cultural identity.
  • An article by Nora (Testerman) May, Community Health Lecturer, and colleagues, "Individuals With Severe Mental Illnesses Have Improved Eating Behaviors and Cooking Skills After Attending a 6-Week Nutrition Cooking Class", was published in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal in January and was featured on APA Journals' social media channels on March 2. Since then, the post on the article has received 285 “likes” and was shared 66 times. It has reached over 10,000 people on Facebook alone! You can visit the APA Journals Facebook page here, and the APA Journals Twitter account here.