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MPH in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice

The Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) trains students to be effective problem-solvers, innovators, advocates, and leaders in addressing community health problems. The program utilizes problem-based and service learning. Graduates will be well prepared to work in such varied settings as community and public health agencies, managed care organizations, federal programs, and advocacy and philanthropic associations.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Health Services

An innovative program for students who are eager to develop practice skills and are comfortable with the PBL method. All COPHP applicants are encouraged to contact faculty to discuss the characteristics of PBL and how it fits with their individual learning styles.

Application Deadline:  December 10 early admission, January 15 regular admission, for Autumn Quarter entry

More information

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COPHP Program, Department of Health Services

Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Health Services, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice concentration, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Collaborate with and motivate communities and community-based organizations concerning health;
  • Act to connect a health organization with one or more communities for a variety of purposes;
  • Develop leadership skills;
  • Find, manage, and evaluate information of all kinds;
  • Work effectively in and lead, as necessary, groups and small teams of professionals;
  • Facilitate groups of people to assist them in understanding and debating issues, formulating and considering options, and making decisions;
  • Develop written communications skills;
  • Plan and prepare oral communications for meetings ranging from small groups to large conferences;
  • Think critically and assist and encourage co-workers to think critically;
  • Articulate the history and politics of community development for health;
  • Conceptualize the dynamics of cultural diversity in and between communities and demonstrate an ability to interact sensitively and effectively with persons from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Help communities identify problems and set priorities; and
  • Evaluate community development efforts.