Nationally Ranked School, First-rate Opportunities

We offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) through the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), a partnership among the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 

The school’s unique collaborative model provides you with access to resources from all three ColoradoSPH campuses. You’ll enjoy distinct advantages with UNC as your home institution. ColoradoSPH at UNC offers three unique M.P.H. concentrations that focus on rapidly growing needs within the public health profession. Our small classes and attentive faculty help you build strong relationships with professors and fellow students. At ColoradoSPH at UNC, you’ll have the opportunity to impact the local community, taking part in public health initiatives that build meaningful connections with a variety of agencies. Finally, UNC’s flexible course schedules (including evening, weekend and online classes) enable you to balance your education with work and family responsibilities.

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Accredited School of Public Health

Formed in 2008, ColoradoSPH is the only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, and has already risen to rank 31st nationally on U.S. News and World Report‘s list of the nation’s top public health schools.

Degree and Certificate Options

M.P.H in Community Health Education

If you’re interested in creating healthier communities, this M.P.H. concentration equips you with the knowledge and skills to change policies, environments, attitudes and behaviors that improve the health of individuals and communities. Learn to plan, implement, and evaluate health interventions in a wide range of specialties, including community fitness, women’s health, education, nutrition, health care disparities, youth engagement and more. You'll be prepared for career opportunities in health departments, community organizations, corporations, schools and government organizations.

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M.P.H. in Global Health and Community Health Education

If you’re interested in improving the health and well-being of underserved populations, both locally and internationally, this M.P.H. degree provides outstanding preparation. By studying issues such as health and human rights, global nutrition, technology-based health education and geographic factors that affect global health, you’ll graduate with the skills to impact public health systems in an increasingly interconnected world.

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M.P.H. in Healthy Aging and Community Health Education

This M.P.H. concentration addresses the need for trained public health specialists who can help create policies and programs to address America’s aging population. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2050 the U.S. population will include 83 million senior citizens (aged 65 and over). By earning an M.P.H. focused on Healthy Aging, you’ll develop skills to serve this large population segment, improving access to resources, identifying and filling service gaps and creating programs that promote the health and quality of life for older adults and encourage communities to support healthy aging.

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Certificate in Public Health Sciences

Designed for working professionals, this 15-hour certificate program enables you to enrich your background, acquire useful skills and lay a foundation for further study in public health. Take core courses in public health, epidemiology and biostatistics, plus electives. The certificate program provides you with the ability to conduct general inquiries and interpret data related to public health. Although valuable on its own, the certificate also serves as a first step toward a public health master’s degree.

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Your Future in Public Health

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 21 percent increase in employment opportunities for community health workers and educators by the year 2022. The Colorado School of Public Health maintains a full-time career services staff member to help you conduct job searches, polish your interview skills and sharpen your resume. Make career connections via our Employer and Alumni Network, and through our social media networking activity on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. All graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam or Certified in Public Health exam.

Consider UNC's Community Health Education Programs if you:

  • Desire to positively impact your community
  • Possess exceptional communication and network-building skills
  • Enjoy gathering and analyzing data
  • Want to make a difference and improve the health of whole communities or populations
  • Wish to focus on prevention and solutions

You’ll learn:

  • How to conduct needs assessments
  • To plan, implement, and evaluate community health programs
  • Skills to develop culturally appropriate public health education strategies
  • How to collaborate with a wide range of agencies and stakeholders
  • To engage effectively with a variety of communities

Sample courses:

  • Epidemiology
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Women’s Health
  • Tools for Effective Community Engagement
  • Psychological Aspects of Aging
  • Community Resources for the Elderly
  • Global Health Policy
  • Environmental Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Physical Activity Interventions in the Community

Beyond the Classroom

MPH students in all concentrations complete a practicum in a community health agency, leading a public health project or initiative that meets the host agency’s needs. UNC’s extensive contacts within the local community create opportunities for extremely rewarding practicum placements. Public health students have worked with the following organizations: Weld County Department of Health and Environment (WCDPHE), North Range Behavioral Health, UCHealth, Global Refugee Center, City of Greeley, FC Bikes and the Wyoming Department of Health. You’ll spend a minimum of 150 hours in a professional workplace, developing skills, contacts and experience that support your career growth. You’ll translate the practicum experience into a master’s paper that reflects on the challenges and triumphs you encountered.

Where can your degree take you?

  • Nonprofit agency leader
  • Global development project manager
  • Disaster relief personnel
  • Policymaker and advocate
  • Educator
  • Community health programming specialist
  • Worksite wellness coordinator
  • Program Evaluator

Students in the Field

Amanda Skenadore

UNC Master’s Student in Community Health

Amanda grew up in Chinle, Arizona, a small town on the Navajo reservation. Today she’s a master’s student at the Colorado School of Public Health—a collaborative program among the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. Her focus is community health, and she is working to apply this expertise to help the reservation and recruit more Native American students to do the same. 

Native American reservations face a high rate of diabetes, as well as a lack of adequate health care. Amanda hopes to address both problems through her work in community health. She is also part of an effort to encourage Native American high school students to graduate and set college as a goal: "That's part of what I'll be doing with my master's project, telling students you can go to school and you can make a difference." 

Amanda secured a remote internship with the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), working to support and develop health care programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives in urban communities. In fact, she was invited to attend the American Indian Society Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. in 2012 to thank her for her work. 

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Amanda Skenadore, UNC Alumna

Meagan Cain

UNC Master’s Student in Public Health

Meagan Cain, a graduate student in Public Health, recently visited Nepal to help rebuild the local infrastructure that was damaged in the April 2015 earthquakes. Her efforts included participating in numerous relief supply distributions, most of them led by women and girls, and working with village youth to build a community greenhouse and have open discussions about women’s health. While there, she also collected data for her practicum and helped to implement some basic health education and human-trafficking avoidance programs to the locals.

Shortly after she returned from Nepal, Meagan received the Colorado Public Health Association’s first-ever Student Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice at the group’s annual conference in Vail. The award recognized her efforts in Nepal as well as her work with refugees in Greeley. You can find more photos and commentary from Meagan’s journey at Girls Moving Mountains on Facebook

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Meagan Cain - UNC Public Health Student