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Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice

The University of Washington's Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program prepares students to become problem-solvers, leaders and advocates in community health.

This two-year, full-time program is offered by the UW School of Public Health, one of the leading public health graduate schools in the country. In the most recent rankings by U.S. News and World Report, the school ranked sixth in the nation.

Take an Active Role
in Your Learning

The COPHP program uses a student-centered approach to learning, known as problem-based learning. With the PBL method, you work in groups to research and analyze relevant public health case studies and then present what you've learned to the rest of the class.

This approach to learning cultivates the practical skills public health practitioners need, including the ability to work in teams, identify key public health issues and their contributing factors, recognize and deconstruct problems, and analyze and present information clearly and persuasively.

Gain the Skills to Promote and Improve Community Health

Earning your MPH in community-oriented public health practice gives you the ability to lead positive, productive and sustainable changes in community health. You learn to assess the health knowledge, assets and needs of specific communities and populations, identify and address social structures that create health disparities, and marshal resources and mobilize communities to implement successful public health programs.

Get Real-World
Public Health Experience

The COPHP program uses fieldwork in the community to help students apply their coursework to real-world situations. During the first year, you complete a practicum, often at a local public health department, to develop effective skills in the field. In the second year, you select a community-based agency or organization where you complete a yearlong capstone project that allows you to apply your increasingly advanced public health competencies.

Join a Community
Dedicated to Social Justice

COPHP faculty and students are dedicated to making sure everyone has the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives. The program recognizes that health inequities are created by institutions and policies that deliver health resources based on socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Our mission is to work collaboratively with communities to address these barriers to improve health and wellbeing for all.



October 1, 2017
Applications Open

December 1, 2017
Early Decision Application Deadline

January 15, 2018
Regular Decision Application Deadline

March 1, 2018
Space-Available Application Deadline

September 2018
Classes Begin


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This unique program builds on the principles of Paulo Freire, who said, 'Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.' COPHP's success is measured in the extent to which our graduates go out into the world and solve real public health problems.

Amy Hagopian
Program Director, Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice