Community Health Science and Practice Concentration

The Community Health Science and Practice concentration within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences 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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Community Health Science and Practice Requirements Checklist

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) of electives:

Electives:
Students may choose any GPH-GU course, pending completion of any required pre-requisites and space availability. Please note that certain courses are restricted to certain MPH concentrations.

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 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning 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 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 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research Into Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective (3)

* please note that students who have a clinical background (e.g. MD, MBBS, RN, BSN, DO, DDS, PA, DVM) may waive this course (in-person or online) and instead take an additional elective.  If you will be waiving the class, be sure to let your academic advisor know. 

Suggested Part-Time Course Sequence

Note: There is flexibility in the timing of electives but prerequisites for all courses need to be considered if a different sequence is followed.

Four-Year Sequence

Fall Semester 1 (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester I (3  credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Fall Semester II (6  credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)*
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)

Spring Semester II (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2415 Community-Based Health Interventions (3)

Fall Semester III (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)

Spring Semester III (6 credits)
Elective 1 (3)
Elective 2 (3)

Summer III
Internship Fieldwork

Fall Semester IV (5 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
Elective 3 (3)

Spring Semester IV (5 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research to Practice (3)
 

Three-Year Sequence

Fall Semester 1 (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics (0)
GPH-GU 2175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester I (3 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 2185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Fall Semester II (9 credits)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)*

Spring Semester II (9 credits)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2415 Community-Based Health Interventions (3)
Elective 1 (3)

Summer II
Internship fieldwork

Fall Semester III (8 credits)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective 2 (3)
GPH-GU 2359 Internship I Applied Practice Experience (2)

Spring Semester III (8 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II Integrative Learning Experience (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research to Practice (3)
Elective 3 (3)

* please note that students who have a clinical background (e.g. MD, MBBS, RN, BSN, DO, DDS, PA, DVM) may waive this course (in-person or online) and instead take an additional elective.  If you will be waiving the class, be sure to let your academic advisor know. 

Option 1 for Students who begin the program in the Spring:
Note:
There is flexibility in the timing of electives but prerequisites for all courses need to be considered if a different sequence is followed. The first option is for students who have a strong quantitative background and are comfortable taking Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the same first semester.

Spring Semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)*
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)  

Fall Semester 1 (9 credits)
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)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester 2 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2415 Community-Based Health Interventions (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (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)

Fall Semester 3 (8 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
Elective (3)

Spring Semester 3 (5 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research Into Practice (3)

Option 2 for Students who begin the program in the Spring:

Spring Semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)*
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5140 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)

Fall Semester 1 (12 credits)
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester 2 (9 credits)
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)

Fall Semester 3 (8 credits)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs & Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)

Spring Semester 3 (5 credits)
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research Into Practice (3)

* please note that students who have a clinical background (e.g. MD, MBBS, RN, BSN, DO, DDS, PA, DVM) may waive this course (in-person or online) and instead take an additional elective.  If you will be waiving the class, be sure to let your academic advisor know. 

Community Health Science and Practice Course Checklist

The Community Health Science and Practice checklist (matric 2018 or later) 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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