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Community Health Promotion M.P.H.

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Public Health
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Through coursework and fieldwork taken at the School of Public Health, students in community health promotion develop basic competencies in theory, health behavior and policy interventions, assessment methods, cultural competency, and management. Each graduate should have the ability to: - Use theories of behavior and social change to inform the planning and evaluation of health interventions - Identify individual, community, and policy-level interventions that are effective in promoting healthy behaviors and social conditions - Design and implement effective individual, community, and policy-level interventions targeting a variety of health behaviors - Assess the health status of populations and communities - Utilize appropriate data collection strategies and qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate health interventions - Identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in influencing health behaviors and status - Develop and adapt approaches to solving health problems, taking into account cultural differences - Communicate health information effectively both in writing and orally - Advocate for public health programs and resources - Collaborate with public health agencies and other constituency groups - Coordinate and manage health programs/services - Relate ethical considerations and values to one's professional practice The M.P.H. in community health promotion is a good path for students planning for careers as public health practitioners or planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in social and behavioral epidemiology, which is available in the School of Public Health.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have one year of community, social service or public health experience. An introductory course in statistics and three to four social and behavioral science courses are also required. The average undergraduate GPA for admitted applicants is a 3.5.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants are admitted from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including social and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology), the humanities, basic sciences (e.g., biology, nursing), and mathematics. There is no single appropriate undergraduate major; however, applicants should meet prerequisites by the time of admission. Who should apply? Individuals who want skills to: - influence policy and public opinion on health issues; - develop and evaluate innovative community-based programs to prevent disease and injury; - work with communities, health departments, and non-profit organizations and policymakers to create healthy living and working environments; - work on issues related to specific population, including youth and disadvantaged populations. And individuals who: - have a variety of backgrounds, including those trained in basic sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities; - want an M.P.H. degree; - plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree in social and behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota; - have met the prerequisites listed below before admission. Prerequisites for Admission - Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university - College-level courses in the following areas: - Social and behavioral sciences (at least 3 courses) - Introductory statistics (1 course) - One year of paid or volunteer experience in a public health, social service, or community setting Preferences for Admission - Strong personal statement indicating why applicant is interested in pursuing a community health promotion degree - Compatibility of interests with program faculty - GPA of 3.0 - Combined GRE score of 300 and analytical writing score of 3.5 - TOEFL score of 600/250/100 for international applicants - Strong reference letters
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 34 to 48 major credits and 0 to 14 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Culminating experience of either needs assessment, program development, program evaluation, or research project.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Theory
PUBH 6050 - Community Health Theory and Practice I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6051 - Community Health Theory and Practice II (3.0 cr)
Health Behavior and Policy Interventions
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
Students must select one course from the following list:
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6000 - Topics: Community Health Education (0.5-4.0 cr)
· PUBH 6010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6085 - Alcohol and Tobacco: Ongoing Threats to Global Health (2.0 cr)
· Intervention Approaches
Students must select at least two courses from the following list:
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6025 - e-Public Health (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6045 - Skills for Policy Development (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 6049 - Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6066 - Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2.0 cr)
· SW 8551 - Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy (3.0 cr)
Assessment Methods
Take exactly 2 course(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6034 - Evaluation (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6035 - Applied Research Methods (3.0 cr)
Additional Assessment Methods
Students must select one course from the following list:
PUBH 6600 - Topics: Maternal and Child Health (0.5-4.0 cr)
or PUBH 6415 - Biostatistical Methods II (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
or PUBH 6617 - Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis (3.0 cr)
SPH Core Courses
Environmental Health
PUBH 6101 - Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
Epidemiology
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3.0 cr)
Ethics
PUBH 6741 - Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1.0 cr)
or PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
Management
Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
Field Experience and Culminating Experience
PUBH 7096 - Field Experience: Community Health Promotion (1.0-6.0 cr)
PUBH 7094 - Culminating Experience: Community Health Promotion (1.0-6.0 cr)
Electives
Electives to total 48 credits.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
Master of Social Work (MSW), Juris Doctorate (JD) Students may take a total of 12 credits in common among the academic programs.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration Area
The Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration (HDIC) addresses the unequal burden of health risks, morbidity, and mortality experienced by minority cultural and social groups in the U.S., as well as unequal quality of and access to health care. Achieving optimum health for all segments of our society is a central goal of Healthy People 2020, and a concern in Minnesota as well. Despite Minnesota's ranking as one of the nation's healthiest states, Minnesota has some of the largest gaps among cultural and social groups in health indicators. According to the Minnesota Department of Health: - Infant mortality rates among the American Indians and African Americans are two to three times higher than for the state as a whole. - Among African American youth aged 15-24, firearm injury mortality rates are 15 times greater than the rates of all ages, races, and genders combined. - Women from minority communities are less likely to receive sufficient prenatal care compared to other women. - Death rates for African Americans and American Indians are two to three times that of the state as a whole. Rates of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and HIV/AIDS are higher for many minority communities compared to the state as a whole. SPH graduate students must complete a formal program plan if they want the HDIC to appear on their transcripts. For more information, contact Carol Francis, interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator, at franc004@umn.edu or 612-624-6952.
Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration Area
The School of Public Health's Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration (PHPIC) focuses on promoting the health of populations and groups through public and organizational policy. PHPIC is open to students pursuing an M.P.H., includes coursework that explores the way in which federal, state, local, and institutional entities affect the financing, structure, and delivery of public health and medical care. PHPIC coursework provides a better understanding of the health care system as a whole and prevention policy. The challenging curriculum helps M.P.H. majors hone practical skills that are highly sought after in the public health and policy arenas. Students who pursue the concentration can chose courses that emphasize: - Understanding community dynamics - Developing advocacy skills for public health - Analyzing legal and policy structures - Evaluating and implementing policies and programs - Influencing community health - Motivating and educating stakeholders and decision-makers - Using policy as prevention strategy - Eliminating health disparities through policy SPH graduate students must complete a formal program plan if they want the PHPIC to appear on their transcripts. For more information, contact Carol Francis, interdisciplinary concentrations coordinator, at franc004@umn.edu or 612-624-6952.
 
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PUBH 6050 - Community Health Theory and Practice I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Socioenvironmental factors influencing health-related behavior. Role of groups, institutions, social structures in encouraging healthy, unhealthy behavior. Role of interventions affecting social environment. Barriers to interventions. Individual behavior change theories.
PUBH 6051 - Community Health Theory and Practice II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02009 - PubH 6051/Pubh 6673
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skill development for developing community health interventions, budgets, implementation plans, and grant proposals. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for PubH 6673.
PUBH 6000 - Topics: Community Health Education
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 80.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
New courses or topics of interest in community health education.
PUBH 6010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00354 - PubH 3010/6010
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of public health approaches to AIDS epidemic. Epidemiological/clinical features of HIV infection. Impact of AIDS on certain communities/populations. Behavior change principles as they apply to AIDS interventions. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Extent and causes of social inequalities in health. Degree to which understanding of these inequalities is hampered by methodological limitations in health research. Focuses on individual, community, and policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health.
PUBH 6085 - Alcohol and Tobacco: Ongoing Threats to Global Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strategies to prevent and control tobacco and alcohol problems. Policy and community and individual strategies to reduce burden of tobacco and alcohol problems locally, nationally, and globally. Similarities and differences in public health approaches to tobacco and alcohol prevention and control.
PUBH 6025 - e-Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Provide an overview of how technology may be used as a recruitment, assessment, and intervention tool in public health research and practice.
PUBH 6045 - Skills for Policy Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills relevant to policy development and implementation for public health-related issues.
PUBH 6049 - Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
State legislature as arena for public health practice. Skills necessary to operate in that arena. Analyzing emergence, development, and resolution of legislative issues of public health importance.
PUBH 6066 - Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Taught with Powderhorn-Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. Introduction to community building/organizing. Using culture as a resource for health, reducing barriers, identifying community assets, planning organizing strategy, understanding the impact of history. Emphasizes self-reflection and skill-building for authentic, grassroots community work.
PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00291 - Jour 5541/PubH 5394
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intersection of mass media, public health and behavior. Role of theory in understanding intended/unintended campaign effects. Role of health journalism. Decisions that inform media-based interventions. prereq: [One course in [behavioral or social science], [public health or journalism] grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Philosophical, ethical, economic, political, efficacy rationale for policy approach to prevention. Historical/current application of prevention policy to public health problems. prereq: 2nd yr MPH or public health MS student or [Epi, Biostats, Env Hlth, HSRPconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in A PhD student] or instr consent
SW 8551 - Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Community practice, including community organizing, policy advocacy, social service/change leadership. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8154] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
PUBH 6034 - Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02013 - PubH 6034/PubH 6852
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developing useful program evaluations. Emphasizes skills for program administrators, planners. Needs assessments. Assessment of program design, implementation, impact. Cost-effectiveness analysis. Quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Ethical considerations.
PUBH 6035 - Applied Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01873
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course teaches basic research skills needed to plan, conduct, and analyze data from a quantitative research project. Skills include developing research questions;performing literature searches; performing literature searches;developing questionnaires; implementing a study; coding, entering and analyzing data using STATA software; and writing reports.
PUBH 6600 - Topics: Maternal and Child Health
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
New courses or topics of interest.
PUBH 6415 - Biostatistical Methods II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Statistical computing. Data transformations. Relative risk, odds ratio estimation. Logistic regression. Survival analysis. Kaplan-Meier tables, survival curves. prereq: 6414, [MPH or certificate] or instr consent
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6617 - Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Graduate level student or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to methods for finding, transferring, and processing existing data sources. Focuses on practical approaches to pre-statistical data processing and analysis with STATA using a PC with an MS Windows operating system. Complex survey samples, other survey biases. prereq: Graduate level student or instr consent
PUBH 6101 - Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of environmental health relating to macro-/micro-environments and to products consumed or used by people. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or instr consent
PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01063 - PubH 3102/PubH 6102
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues, principles, and methods of environmental/occupational health practice. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or nursing MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course provides an understanding of basic methods and tools used by epidemiologists to study the health of populations.
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02236 - PubH 6320PubH /6341
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods: (1) Study design (randomized trials and observational studies); (2) Measures of exposure-disease association; (3) Casual inference and bias; (4) Confounding and effect modification.
PUBH 6741 - Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health practice/policy. Ethical analysis, recognizing/analyzing moral issues. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or environmental health [MS or PhD] major or instr consent
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health research/policy. Ethical analysis. Recognizing/analyzing moral issues. prereq: Public health [MPH or certificate] student or [clinical research MS or Environmental health [MS or PhD] or epidemiology PhD or [health services research, policy/admin [MS or PhD]] major or instr consent
PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Understanding of and improvement in the competencies of managers in organizations, particularly as applied to health services and public health organizations. prereq: [Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate] student or [environmental health MS or PhD] student or dentistry MS student or instr consent
PUBH 7096 - Field Experience: Community Health Promotion
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised community health promotion field study in health or public health setting under academic/professional supervision. Emphasizes application of acquired knowledge/skills to relevant issues/problems. prereq: CHP major, instr consent
PUBH 7094 - Culminating Experience: Community Health Promotion
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed research toward completion of master's project in community health promotion. prereq: CHP major, instr consent