Community Health Science and Practice Concentration

The Community Health Science and Practice concentration prepares you to collaboratively develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies that promote healthy communities and health equity.

You’ll learn to assess health issues among diverse population groups in the US and globally to develop and implement population-based health programs that improve health and reduce inequities. Throughout your coursework, you’ll apply a social ecological framework to population-based intervention strategies, as well as the assessment of social, cultural, economic, environmental and institutional factors that contribute to health among diverse populations.

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Key Skills

When you graduate with the Community Health Science and Practice concentration, you’ll be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Gather and analyze community health data to identify and prioritize issues for program planning that promotes community health
  2. Apply a social ecological framework to the assessment of behavioral, social, cultural, economic, environmental and institutional factors that contribute to health among diverse populations
  3. Apply a social ecological framework to identify evidence-based interventions that promote population and community health
  4. Apply a social ecological framework to the planning and evaluation of population-based intervention strategies to improve health and reduce inequities.
  5. Adapt and implement evidence-based strategies to promote healthy communities and health equity
  6. Design strategies to engage community stakeholders and to develop community partnerships for population-based health programs

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Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in public health and community and international health. Learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

All students in the Community Health Science and Practice concentration take the following courses (18 credits) as part of the MPH degree requirements:

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

 

All students in the Community Health Science and Practice concentration take the following courses (15 credits):

GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2415 Community-Based Health Interventions (3)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research Into Practice: Adapting and Implementing Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions (3)

 

All students in the Community Health Science and Practice Concentration take 3 courses (9 credits) from the following set of courses:

Electives:
GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
GPH-GU 2340 Advocating for Community Health (3)
GPH-GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investment (3)
GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral and Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)
GPH-GU 2316 Community Health: A Society in Transition: South Africa (6)
GPH-GU 2260 Disaster, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
GPH-GU 5150 Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 2211 Environmental Injustice: From Local to Global (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3)
GPH-GU 2410 Global Burden of Infectious Disease (3)
GPH-GU 2315 Global Health and Economic Development (3)
GPH-GU 2334 Global Health Governance and Management (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2230 Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control (3)
GPH-GU 2312 Global Perspective in Reproductive Health & Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 2285 Global Women’s Health Programs: Analyzing the Evidence to Improve Women's Lives (3)
GPH-GU 2205 Gun Violence in America: Public Health, Politics, and Pragmatism (3)
GPH-GU 2250 Health and Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communication: Changing Social Norms in Theory and Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2343 HIV/AIDS Public Health Promotion (3)
GPH-GU 5120 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2155 Introduction to Public Health Policy (3)
GPH-GU 2357 LGBT Health Disparities (3)
GPH-GU 2346 Migrant Health in the Mediterranean (3)
GPH-GU 2210 Migration & Health (3 credits)
GPH-GU 2125 Nutrition Education and Promotion Initiatives in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2374 Perspectives on Reproductive Health (3)
GPH-GU 2240 Perspectives of Global Mental Health (3)
GPH-GU 5288 Perspectives on Migrant Health & Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 2213 Public Health Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2296 Public Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)
GPH-GU 2255 Psychoactive Drug Use and Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2344 Reproductive and Pediatric Health: A Focus in Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 1165 Research Ethics (3)
GPH-GU 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (3)
GPH-GU 2370 Stigma, Health, and Discrimination (3)
GPH-GU 2319 Writing Grants and Funding Proposals for Health-Related Programs (3)

Applied Practice:
Students in the Community Health Science and Practice concentration complete a minimum of 180 hours of a public health internship, which serves as the culminating experience of the MPH degree.

GPH-GU 2359 Internship I: Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II: Culminating Experience Seminar (2)

Year 1:

Fall Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)  
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Policy and Management (1.5)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2415 Community-Based Health Interventions (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

 

Year 2:

Fall Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Internship I: Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
Elective (3)

Spring Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II: Culminating Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research Into Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective (3)

Community Health Science and Practice Course Checklist

The Community Health Science and Practice checklist outlines the requirements for the concentration, as well as which core and concentration courses have prerequisites. Use this tool as you move along in the program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next. (Please note that there are different requirements for existing students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015.)

 

Want to Learn More about Community Health Science and Practice?

To find out even more about the Community Health Science and Practice concentration, including the skills you’ll gain, the courses you’ll take, and the hands-on Applied-Practice Internship, take a look at our Community Health Science and Practice fact sheet (pdf).

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