Mission & Goals


The mission of the University of Washington's Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program is to prepare students to be problem solvers, advocates and leaders in community health. Combining an active style of learning, rigorous academic preparation and a commitment to social justice and community engagement, this two-year, full-time program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to effectively address public health challenges. Our faculty and students have made a commitment to work towards becoming an anti-racist educational program.

Learning Objectives

The COPHP programís goals are based on a common set of core MPH competencies for all UW MPH students. Each case study students analyze in COPHP has learning objectives, and these objectives contribute to the following overall learning goals. After successfully completing the COPHP program, you will be able to:

  • Assess community assets and needs
  • Find, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources
  • Facilitate meetings to ensure group objectives are met
  • Engage and mobilize communities around public health challenges
  • Work productively in teams
  • Challenge the causes and effects of poverty and racism in our communities
  • Evaluate health programs and policies
  • Intervene to improve community health and well-being
  • Develop, implement and manage public health programs
  • Communicate effectively with communities and professional audiences
  • Identify and address social structures and policies that create and perpetuate health disparities