MPH in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice


COPHP is an innovative program for students eager to develop skills specific to public health practice. This program is unique in that it exclusively uses a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy for Core Courses. In PBL, there are no lectures, tests, or textbooks. Instead, COPHP students engage in small group discussions about real-world cases of health disparities and produce research papers to address defined learning objectives and competencies listed below. All applicants are encouraged to reach out to the COPHP Student Services Counselor at or attend a monthly webinar to see if this program format fits with their individual learning style.


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.

Visit the COPHP Admissions website to learn more information.


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.