MPH in Community Health Education

Driven by the Department of Public Health Education motto of Promote, Engage, Change, the Master of Public Health in Community Health Education (MPH) is a professional preparation program for students interested in careers that involve the development and management of population-based health promotion and disease prevention activities within communities. In the MPH program, students receive outstanding academic preparation in the public health field designed to assess students’ abilities to apply the 22 foundational competencies set by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).


Mission Statement:

The MPH program in Community Health Education, through innovative teaching and scholarship, prepares students to be leaders who engage communities and promote the health of populations.

Goal 1: 

Strengthen experiential learning opportunities to develop professional and competent leaders. 

Goal 2:

Enhance faculty-student engagement through innovative and reflective teaching and mentoring. 

Goal 3:

Advance the field through interdisciplinary research, evaluation, and advocacy that challenges health inequities. 

Goal 4: 

Strengthen student and faculty involvement in community- engaged research, evaluation, and advocacy in local and global settings. 

Specific Competencies

Unique to UNCG, MPH students will also learn program specific competencies to strengthen their work in the community:

  1. Apply principles of leadership to build support for health equity in community health.
  2. Determine appropriate intervention approaches based on an analysis of community health needs and associated ecological factors.
  3. Develop evaluation plans for stakeholders to address community issues.
  4. Integrate socially just, theory-informed, and culturally-responsive approaches in community health initiatives.
  5. Apply systems thinking to analyze and critique how policies impact community health.


The UNCG MPH Program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is an independent agency, recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health.



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