MPH - Community and Public Health Practice

The MPH Community and Public Health Practice concentration (formally the Generalist program) prepares future health professionals for a variety of employment opportunities in the public health field. Students learn to address public health issues in local and global settings using evidence-based strategies and working in collaboration with community partners. The concentration has a focus on training health professionals to design and implement community-driven and community-level strategies and interventions.

Students receive rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative methods including epidemiology, biostatistics, and applied research methods, as well as advanced coursework in program planning, management, and evaluation. Students also may choose electives in sexual health, mental health, health economics, maternal and child health, food agriculture and nutrition, global health, or other topics.

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What is Community and Public Health Practice?

The Community and Public Health Practice concentration prepares students to work with communities and promote social justice in a variety of settings. Students gain skills in project planning and management, including ways to assess community needs and assets, address environmental challenges facing disadvantaged populations, and collaborate with communities to address social determinants of health.

Students learn to value and encourage meaningful community participation and engagement in knowledge generation, and to identify and challenge repressive power structures impeding community self-determination. They gain qualitative and quantitative skills in research and programmatic intervention design and assessment, including management of resources and continuous improvement.

Program Highlights:

  • Open to students with a Baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited institution. View Admission requirements »
  • Student can opt to take courses in San Francisco, Online or Orange County.
  • 45 credits to completion of the program
  • Classes are hybrid — meaning a combination of on-campus class time and online coursework when not in class. In addition, courses are offered year-round one (1) evening per week beginning at 4:45 p.m over the course of two (2) years. Courses are offered year-round during Fall, Spring, and Summer. Off-site assignments are conducted during the weeks that you're not attending class in person. View Deadlines and Start your Application »
  • The Community and Public Health Practice program is an interprofessional degree which includes coursework in fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, community and behavioral health, environmental health, and public health policy and management
  • Ideal if you're eager to develop practice-oriented skills and competencies to promote population health

Online Option

Online MPH includes coursework with specific deadlines and includes the option of logging into a virtual class or Office Hours at specific times. Online classes may still require student attendance at in-person meetings over the course of the semester.

  • Online coursework is delivered through the University's learning management system, Canvas. Courses are dynamic, engaging and enriched with modules and video content.
  • The curriculum remains the same for both online MPH and on-campus MPH Community and Public Health Practice concentration.

Concentration Competencies

Students in the Community and Public Health Practice concentration will acquire competencies in the following areas:

  • Apply qualitative methods to assess community assets for addressing public health and environmental issues
  • Analyze how issues of power, race and ethnicity, sex and gender identity, and socioeconomic factors affect the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based projects
  • Develop a research project proposal using mixed methods to address a public health problem affecting a specific community
  • Apply participatory project management strategies to improve the quality of programs and services in public health settings
  • Identify environmental health risks in vulnerable communities and examine strategies to reduce exposures

Curriculum - MPH Core Classes

  • MPH 609 Global Perspectives on Public Health
  • MPH 612 Biostatistics
  • MPH 621 Epidemiology
  • MPH 622 Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change
  • MPH 635 Health Policy and Ethics
  • MPH 636 Program Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • MPH 640 Leadership & Collaboration

Community and Public Health Concentration Classes

  • MPH 632 Environmental and Occupational Health.
  • MPH 633 Community-based Participatory Research and Practice
  • MPH 648 Project Management in Healthcare.
  • MPH 663 Research Methods in Public Health 
  • Electives choices: 4 credits from offered electives, e.g., maternal and child health, sexual health, food and nutrition, adolescent health, etc.

State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.