Degrees Offered, Concentrations and Course Requirements

The MPH program in Behavioral & Community Health Science (BCHS) prepares students for professional careers in which they will develop and deliver programs to improve and maintain health in our communities.

It is a 45-credit degree program that consists of core courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Systems Management, Behavioral Health Science, and Ethics, as well as fieldwork and thesis/capstone.

The Culminating Experience for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) focuses on examining how behavioral, psychosocial, socioeconomic factors, and other social determinants influence public health. This experience may include planning, implementing or evaluating a specific intervention, and must contribute to the body of knowledge on reducing health disparities or improving the health status of communities or populations. Options include:

  • A written thesis applying theories and principles of BCHS in conjunction with other applicable public health disciplines;
  • A major paper based on an approved field experience

BCHS requirements include behavioral science theory; community analysis and ecology; culture and behavior in health care settings; health communication; health program development and planning; and monitoring and evaluation.

BCHS electives include behavioral theory application; chronic disease prevention and management; community-based participatory programming; diffusion methodologies: research; fuel and physical activity; geriatrics, infectious disease prevention; maternal and child programming; quantitative and quality research methods; rural health access; and survey design.

School of Public Health Requirements

BIOS 6100Biostatistical Methods I4
EPID 6210Principles of Epidemiology 3
ENHS 6238Principles of Environmental Health3
BCHS 6212 Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health 3
HPSM 6268Health Services Administration and Management 3
PUBH 6221Foundations of Public Health Ethics 1
EPID 6216Biological Basis of Health* 3
PUBH 6800Practice Experience3
Culminating Experience / Capstone3
Concentration Specific Courses19
Total Credits45

BCHS Concentration

BCHS 6213Community Analysis, Ecology & Health Disparities3
BCHS 6214Health Communication3
BCHS 6215Monitoring and Evaluation3
BCHS 6216Health Program Development and Planning3
BCHS 6230Public Health Project Management2
BCHS 6700Behavioral and Community Health Seminar1
Total Credits19