Community Health

The community health master's program offers a skills-based program which integrates theory and critical thinking to assess the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Students learn to plan, implement and evaluate programming designed to promote health, human development and well-being. 

Students are accepted into the program by one of our faculty members who will serve as a mentor and work closely with the student through their time at MSU. Potential applicants should investigate the websites of faculty members and contact faculty prior to submitting their application. We believe this matching process provides students with the support and structure to succeed in our program.  Interested students may obtain descriptions by visiting the department website. Depending on the students' goals, undergraduate degree, and course work, additional courses may be added or deleted to supplement the curriculum.

Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam.

Required Courses

CHTH 502Theories and Models in Health3
CHTH 540Principles of Epidemiology3
Take one of the following:3
Community-Based Participatory Research: Research, Practice, and Policy
CHTH 548Program Planning and Evaluation3
Take one of the following:3
Educational Statistics I
Statistical Approaches to Studying Children, Families and Communities
HDCO 554Develop Theory Across Lifespan3
HHD 501Research Methods in HHD I3
HHD 512Research Methods in HHD II3
Take one of the following:6-10
Professional Paper and Project (6 cr. required)
Master's Thesis (10 cr. required)
Total Credits36-40

Electives (other electives may be approved by advisor)

BMGT 469Community Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management3
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
CHTH 435Human Response To Stress3
CHTH 445Program Planning for CH3
CHTH 598Internship2-12
HDFS 464Gender, Race, Class, and Family Diversity3
HDFS 465RFamily Law & Public Policy3
HEE 506Exercise and Chronic Disease3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
NASX 524Contemporary Issues in American Indian Studies3
NASX 530Federal Law and Indian Policy3
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
PSCI 559Program Evaluation3
SFBS 429Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Food and Health3
SFBS 551Global Food Perspectives3