Dr.P.H. - Community Health Behavior and Education, M.P.H. - Community Health
The MPH and DrPH with a community health education concentration is designed to prepare individuals to advance public health knowledge and reduce the burden of disease in individuals, families, and communities through the application of social and behavioral sciences.
At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Community Health students will be able to:
* Synthesize theories, concepts, and models from social and behavioral science disciplines (e.g. anthropology, sociology, psychology, health education) that are used in public health research and practice.
* Assess philosophical foundations and assumptions of research applied to community health problems.
* Analyze social and behavioral determinants of health equity at all ecological levels (individual through policy) applied in rural and urban settings.
* Explain the use of a variety of health communication approaches including social marketing, media advocacy, and new communication technologies.
* Synthesize legislative advocacy skills that influence health policy.
* Demonstrate how to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based community public health interventions.
* Compare qualitative and quantitative methods and their use in community health intervention, evaluation, and research.
* Describe the benefits and challenges of a mixed methods approach.
* Utilize qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to address community health problems.
* Explain Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles and approaches for working with diverse communities.
* Explain ethical principles critical to community-based research and practice.
* Assess the impact of power and privilege on health inequity at local, national, and global levels.
* Assess current and future community-level needs for keeping the public healthy.
* Select evidence-based social and behavioral interventions to address community health issues.
* Develop collaborative and transdisciplinary relationships to respond to public health problems.
* Describe skills needed to function successfully as a community and organizational change agent.
* Develop logic model and mission, goal and objective (outcome) driven program development and program evaluation plans.
* Promote the public health and health education professions individually and collectively.
The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree - Community Health Behavior and Education program concentration is to prepare students to assume leadership positions within community health programs. With a sound grounding social and behavioral sciences theory, the graduate will be well equipped to provide leadership in a variety of community/public health programs, conduct community-based participatory programs, seek funding through grant writing and the develop and disseminate research based evidence.