Leading the Change for Healthier Communities

The University of Washington Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program prepares you to become a problem solver, leader and advocate in the field of community health.

This degree is offered by the UW School of Public Health, one of the leading public health graduate schools in the country. In the most recent rating by U.S. News and World Report, the school was ranked sixth in the nation.

 

Take an Active Role in Your Learning

The COPHP program uses a student-centered learning method called problem-based learning. This approach cultivates the practical skills that public health practitioners need, including the ability to work in teams, identify key public health issues and their causes, recognize and deconstruct problems, and analyze and present information clearly and persuasively.

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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 the health of the community. You’ll learn to assess the health 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.

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Get Real-World Experience

The COPHP program uses community fieldwork to help students apply what they’ve learned to real-world situations. In the first year, you’ll complete a practicum to develop effective skills in the field, followed by a year-long capstone project at a community-based organization where you’ll apply your increasingly advanced public health competencies.

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Join a Community Dedicated to Social Justice

COPHP faculty and students are committed to ensuring that 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 and improve health and well-being for all.

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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