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Community & Behavioral Health Track
Students within the Penn State College of Medicine MPH Community & Behavioral Health Track will build skills necessary to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate public health interventions.
This concentration provides advanced instruction in health promotion and disease prevention, with a focus on the impact of behavior on health in rural to mid-size communities. This concentration builds skills necessary to conduct a needs assessment, identify strategies for addressing unmet needs, design interventions for the community, and effectively communicate health information in a way that is meaningful to different target audiences.
Students who select the Community & Behavioral Health Track must take the following courses:
- PHS 505: Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
- PHS 506: Behavioral Health Intervention Strategies II (3 credits)
- PHS 807: Public Health Education Methods (3 credits)
- Electives (9 credits)
See the Penn State Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions on all Public Health Sciences courses.
Courses within the Community & Behavioral Health Track support MPH student attainment of the following competencies:
- Prepare evidence-based public health interventions to influence health outcomes.
- Demonstrate ability to conduct process, impact, and outcome evaluations of public health programs, policies, and interventions.
- Critically review and modify health behavior change programs and policies.
- Identify factors that influence the sustainability of public health programs, policies, and interventions.
- Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation.