Students in the UW Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program must complete a minimum of 63 credits, consisting of:

  • 37 credits of core courses
  • 5 credits of seminars
  • 6 credits of a practicum
  • 9 credits of a capstone project
  • 6 credits of electives

Core Courses

Core courses teach public health competencies through a problem-based learning approach. You'll work in small teams to analyze public health case studies, developing your own solutions with guidance from a faculty facilitator. 

Case studies are created by COPHP faculty to target a course's learning objectives. By the time you graduate, you will have addressed more than 250 learning objectives through about 50 case studies.


To fulfill the electives requirement, students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered by the School of Public Health and other schools at the University of Washington. Students who are also pursuing a graduate certificate in a public health specialty often take elective courses in their particular specialty.

Core Course Sequence

Year One

Autumn Quarter
HSERV 531: Population Health & Community Development
HSERV 579: Undoing Institutionalized Racism

Winter Quarter
HSERV 533: Analytic Methods – Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Spring Quarter
HSERV 534: Environmental Health
HSERV 535: Health Behavior & Health Promotion

Year Two

Autumn Quarter
HSERV 537: Health Policy

Winter Quarter
HSERV 538: Community Engagement & Participatory Evaluation

Spring Quarter
HSERV 540: Management & Planning