Community Health Development

The community health development concentration prepares professionals to work at community, district, and national levels to strengthen indigenous capacity to address their priorities, improve health, and move toward well-being. Graduates of this concentration will have the capacity to work with grassroots organizations, private voluntary groups, government agencies, and other sector providers to design, implement, manage, and evaluate community-based public health initiatives. Emphasis will be given to the development of public health skills, the acquisition of knowledge about working within local communities in different cultural settings and development contexts, and promoting social and behavioral change for healthier communities.

In addition to the department requirements outlined here, this concentration requires:

Three community health and development courses + concentration electives


Upon completion of the MPH in global health and community health and development concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Assess the major forces that influence the health of populations around the world.
  • Critique major global priorities and the reasons for their prioritization.
  • Critique the evidence for improving health delivery systems and health statuses of individuals, communities, and populations around the world.
  • Design programs, policies, and/or interventions intended to improve health services and health status of individuals, communities, and populations.
  • Conduct research, including formulation of specific research aim, conducting a literature review and formulating a hypothesis and selecting appropriate methodologies related to the emphasis.
  • Compose a written scientific thesis that is consistent with department guidelines and relevant writing style sources.
  • Present the key methods, findings, and public health implications of your research on a poster and verbally communicate it to an audience of public health professionals.
  • Assess health needs and assets of communities.
  • Design programs that mobilize community assets for social and behavioral change.
  • Manage the resources of organizations working at the community, local, regional, or national level in health or development.
  • Assess personal management and leadership styles.
  • Operate in partnership with local, national, and international organizations engaged in the health and social sectors.
  • Develop systems to monitor progress toward targets, objectives, and goals.
  • Evaluate programs and their operational components.

Sample of courses relevant to community health at Rollins: 

Course NumberCourse Title

GH 505

Social Entrepreneurship for Global Health

GH 507

Health as Social Justice

GH 508 Seminar in Health and Human Rights
GH 509 Knowledge Translation
GH 512 Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
GH 513 Community Based Participatory Action Research
GH 514 Communicating for Healthy Behavior
GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance
GH 521 Program Managment
GH 522 Qualitative Research Methods
GH 524 Health Systems Performance and Health Systems Financing
GH 529 Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
GH 560 Monitoring and Evaluating Global Health Programs
GH/EH 582 Global Climate Change
BIOS 550 Computer Analysis of Complex Survey Data
INFO 530 Geographic Information Systems
EPI 740 EPI Modeling
HPM 522 Economic Evaluation Of Health Care Programs