Courses

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.

Electives

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