Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation.

As part of Boston University’s on-campus Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, you will choose at least one Functional Certificate as your area of concentration, building upon your interests, strengths and career goals.

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

Assessing community needs and resources, program design and implementation, and evaluation are core functions of public health practice. This 16-credit 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-oppressive, culturally humble public health practice and strategies for developing authentic partnerships that amplify sustainable political and social power in marginalized communities.

  • 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, policymakers, 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

Sample Course Titles

  • Assessment and Planning for Health Promotion
  • Program Design for Global Health
  • Planning and Managing MCH Programs in Developing Countries
  • Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and other systems of oppression in America Inequities

View the BU Bulletin for Course Requirements

Sample Practicum

  • Assisted the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition with the first phase of their community assessment: researching, assessing, and organizing quantitative data related to substance abuse and mental health in Milton
  • Member of the research team at Barbara McInnis House (Boston-based respite center for homeless patients run by Boston Healthcare for the Homeless), participated in a Quality Improvement Project aimed at improving rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening with FIT (fecal immunochemical testing) among patients staying in respite
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology Intern with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, assisted with developing an evaluation plan for two statewide initiatives (Mass in Motion and an additional grant from CDC) which aim to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke via several mutually reinforcing strategies

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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.

Certificate Director

“The Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation certificate program encompasses skills and knowledge essential to conducting on-the-ground public health work. A key component of this program is the emphasis on equity and justice in public health practice. We want our graduates to be well-prepared to partner authentically with communities, so that their work not only promotes health but social justice as well.”

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