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DrPH in Community & Behavioral Health

This program is designed to help you become a public health leader. You'll learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs that contribute to community health and wellness. In addition to taking courses that cover research methods and advanced public health theory and practice, you’ll also learn about leadership, management, and grant writing. Areas of specialization include (but are not limited to): community-based participatory research, health equity, program design and evaluation, American Indian and Alaska Native health, mHealth strategies, and mental health. Faculty in our department study everything from adverse childhood experiences to nutrition to school-based interventions, which means you can find the faculty mentor who's right for you.

Quick facts, careers, and skills

When you leave this program, you’ll have the skills you need to develop sound health promotion policy and contribute to research that links social and behavioral factors to health.

Quick facts

Program location: CU Anschutz
Credit hours: 55
Est. time to complete: 3-6 years

Sample careers

Program director
Health program consultant
& more

Skills you'll learn

Research methods
Proposal writing
& more


Upon entering the DrPH program, students will have three years to pass the written qualifying exam and should complete the dissertation and public defense of the dissertation within seven years of entering the program.

Each student, in consultation with their faculty advisor, will develop a proposed course of study. The course of study must specify both a major focus area, selective courses to be taken, and proposed timeline for courses, practicum, comprehensive exams, and dissertation. 

Total credits: 55


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