MPH Functional Certificate: Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Assessing community needs and resources, program design and implementation, and evaluation are core functions of public health practice. This certificate equips students with the essential tools and knowledge base to conduct effective community-based health promotion activities with a diverse array of populations and health issues. Special emphasis is placed on acquiring skills for anti-discriminatory, culturally proficient public health practice and strategies for developing authentic partnerships that grow sustainable political and social power in marginalized communities where need is greatest.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Plan and conduct systematic community health needs assessments, integrating multiple sources of data and community and stakeholder input.
  • Synthesize the published evidence base with information identified through community needs assessment to create a comprehensive public health intervention plan which responds appropriately and effectively to key identified priorities.
  • Formulate an implementation and sustainability plan designed to engage community members, policy makers, practitioners, funders, and researchers.
  • Design a program evaluation, including formative, process, and impact evaluation, and be able to articulate a plan for evaluation using a standard logic model.
  • Apply strategies for equitable, collaborative partnerships with communities, based on common recognition of sources of structured social privilege and disadvantage and a shared goal of seeking to expand community assets and power to improve health outcomes.

Course Requirements

  • SB 820 Assessment and Planning for Health Promotion (4 cr)
  • Choose one of the following intervention/implementation courses:
    • SB 806 Communication Strategies for Public Health (4 cr)
    • SB 821 Intervention Strategies for Health Promotion (4 cr)
    • GH 744 Program Design for Global Health (4 cr)
    • GH 887 Planning and Managing MCH Programs in Developing Countries (4 cr)
  • Choose one of the following evaluation courses:
    • SB 822 Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation (4 cr)
    • GH 745 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (4 cr)
  • Choose one of the following community partnership courses:
    • PH 801 Community-Engaged Research: Theory Methods and Applications
    • SB 818 Qualitative Research Methods (4 cr)
    • MC 775 Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and Other Systems of Oppression in American Inequities (4 cr)
    • MC 802 Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-Based Course in Leadership and Consultation (4 cr)
    • GH 774 Implementation and Evaluation of Community Health Assessment in Mexico (4 cr)

Integrative Learning Experience

The ILE will give students the opportunity to practice the skills essential to conducting a basic community needs assessment, an intervention and implementation plan, and an impact evaluation plan.