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.

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

One course from each category below:

Community Interaction (one course required)
GH 507 Health as Social Justice (Fall)
GH 513 Community Based Participatory Action Research (Spring)
GH 519 Faith and Health: Trasnforming Communities Spring)
GH 572 Community Transformation (Fall/Spring)
GH 568 Community Engaged Food Security ( Alt Spring)
Management (one course required)
GH 521 Program Managment (Fall)
Community Metrics and Management (one course required)
GH 560 Monitoring and Evaluating Global Health Programs (Spring/Fall)

Suggested Electives

GH 502 Survey Research Methods
GH 503 Applied Survey Methodology
GH 505 Social Entrepreneurship for Global Health
GH 509 Translation and Implementation Sciences
GH 514 Coomunication for Health Behavior
GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance
GH 522 Qualitative Research Methods
GH 525 Qualitative Data Analysis
GH 529 Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
GH 530 GEMMA Seminar
GH 543 Fundamentals of Qualitative Data Analysis
GH 545 Nutrition Assessment
GH 552  Global Elimimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition
GH 561 Applications of Public Health Economics in Low and Moderate Countries
GH 594 Opportunities in Global Cancer Prevention and Control
GH 582 Global Climate Change
BIOS 550 Sampling Application I
INFO 530 Geographic Information Systems
EPI 740 EPI Modeling
HPM 522 Economic Evaluation Of Health Care Programs

Community Health Development Faculty 

Read about faculty who teach community health development courses or conduct research in this concentration area by clicking on the names below. 


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

  1. Evaluate health needs and assets of communities to promote social justice or social and behavioral change
  2. Explain strategies for partnering with local, national and international organizations in health and development
  3. Develop frameworks and approaches to monitor and evaluate program goals, objectives, targets or operations
  4. Apply the tools of financial management in public, nonprofit organizations, and community organizations
  5. Assess management challenges in public, nonprofit organizations and community organizations