Mission & Goals

The mission of the UW Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program is to prepare students to become 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.

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. Our faculty and students have also made a commitment to work towards becoming an anti-racist educational program.

Learning Objectives

The COPHP program goals are based on a common set of core MPH competencies for all UW students seeking a master’s in public health. Each case study that our students analyze has learning objectives that contribute to  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