Gain the skills needed to translate research into practice by designing community based program and policy interventions that improve the health of diverse communities.
- Benefit from our deep local, national and international connections. In the past decade, CHP students have completed field experience projects in over 115 different field sites in 15 countries.
- Work and learn in a large and vibrant community that boasts one of the largest number of nonprofit and community-based organizations in the country.
- Enjoy our diverse community which includes the largest Somali and Hmong populations in the country.
- As a longstanding program, our connection to the community and alumni offers rich experiences for students.
- Make connections with professionals—many of whom are alumni—through our award-winning Mentor Program.
- You’ll have one-on-one connections with world-renowned faculty who are impacting the field.
- Freedom to focus your degree to suit your needs through electives that allow you to explore topics, populations or skills-building.
Kate Levinson, MPH, is now a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The practice-based curriculum prepares you to translate research into community and policy interventions. Courses explore research theory, health behavior and policy interventions, assessment methods, and critical issues related to maintaining healthy communities. The program is a two-year, full-time program that requires 48 credits to complete.
You’ll learn how to influence policy and public opinion on health issues, develop community-based programs to prevent disease, work on issues related to a specific population and advocate for and evaluate efforts to promote healthy behaviors.
Your classroom experience is brought to life through a required Field Experience. You can work at a national or international organization working on a topic of your choice as a first step to becoming a leader in the community.
The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country.
|SPH & UMN Fees**||$3,300||$3,300|
|Total annual cost||$24,612||$31,020|
*Based on completing 24 credits in one year.
**Fees are approximate and assume enrollment in student health insurance plan. Additional fees apply for international students. See SPH Fees for full details.
Other Costs to Consider
- Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
- Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
- Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester
- Free use of the light-rail train and shuttles between Twin Cities campuses
Fall Priority: December 1
Final Deadline: April 15
Applicants are admitted from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. There is no single appropriate undergraduate major, but you should meet the prerequisites by the time of admission.
- Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university
- College-level courses in the following areas:
- Social and behavioral sciences (at least 3 courses)
- Introductory statistics (1 course)
- One year of paid or volunteer experience in a public health, social service, or community setting.
Each application is holistically reviewed by the admissions committee composed of faculty members. The process may take up to 6 weeks in peak application season of December/January. All applicants are notified via email and/or letter.
|Average score of
|TOEFL (for international students)||600/250/100|
You’ll research alongside leading scholars in Community Health issues, such as alcohol, obesity, infectious diseases, and public health policy.
Faculty Research Highlights
Dr. Theresa Osypuk is a social epidemiologist who examines why place influences health and health disparities, including the roles of racial residential segregation, neighborhood context and social policies.
Dr. Rhonda Jones-Webb’s research focuses on alcohol epidemiology and policy with a special focus on race, class and neighborhood influences. She is a leading scholar on alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among African Americans.
Students are emerged in the community through field experiences.
Recent Field Experiences include:
- Examining data on LGBTQ health disparities for Rainbow Health Initiative;
- Assist with the establishment of Farm to School nutrition education programs for Minneapolis Public Schools;
- Work with the Uganda Village Project to assess community needs and to lay the groundwork for public health and development interventions needed in that community.
Community Health educators work in a variety of settings, including government, social service agencies, schools, and advocacy organizations.
Go on to a career that…
- Uses theories of behavior and social change to inform the planning and evaluation of health interventions
- Promotions healthy behaviors and social conditions
- Assesses the health status of populations and communities
- Designs and implements effective interventions targeting health behaviors
- Collaborates and manages health programs and services
CHP students are active in the public health community through field placements and employment at local, state and national public and private organizations.
The field experience and/or master’s project gives students the opportunity for mentorship, and to apply the knowledge and skills attained in the classroom in hands-on work experience. CHP students also have the opportunity to be matched up with mentors in the field through the School of Public Health Mentor Program.
Students are also involved with faculty and division matters. Student representatives attend monthly Division Training Committee meetings and meet with the major chair each semester. Students are also frequently asked to meet with prospective students and to share their experiences at School recruitment events.
The Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP) student center builds alliances between different members of the health professions. The organization provides a student lounge in the Academic Health Center as well as opportunities for socializing and service.
Students may also become involved in student government through the School of Public Health Student Senate and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Four Twin Cities students are elected by the official student legislative bodies as student representatives to the Board of Regents.