Community Health Promotion

Building healthier communities. Changing the world.

With an MPH from our program, you will gain the skills needed to translate research into practice by designing community-based program and policy interventions that improve the health of diverse communities.

Why Minnesota?

  • Global: Benefit from our deep international connections. In the past decade, CHP students have completed field experience projects at more than 115 different sites in 15 countries.
  • Location: Work and learn the large and vibrant Twin Cities, an area that boasts one of the largest number of nonprofit and community-based organizations in the country.
  • Opportunities: Learn from our diverse community of established and new immigrant populations.
  • Connections: As a longstanding program, our relationship with our alumni offers rich experiences for students, as does our award-winning mentor program.
  • Personal attention: Cultivate one-on-one connections with our world-renowned SPH faculty members.
  • Focus: Design your degree to suit your needs through electives that allow you to explore topics, populations, or skills-building.

The practice-based curriculum prepares you to translate research into community and policy interventions. Courses explore research theory, health behavior and policy interventions, assessment methods, and critical issues related to maintaining healthy communities. The program is a two-year, full-time program that requires 48 credits to complete.

You’ll learn how to influence policy and public opinion on health issues, develop community-based programs to prevent disease, work on issues related to a specific population, and advocate for and evaluate efforts to promote healthy behaviors.

Your classroom experience is brought to life through a required field experience. You can work at a national or international organization working on a topic of your choice as a first step to becoming a leader in the community.

Applicants are admitted from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. There is no single appropriate undergraduate major, but you should meet the prerequisites by the time of admission.


  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • College-level courses in the following areas:
    • Social and behavioral sciences (at least 3 courses)
    • Introductory statistics (1 course)
    • One year of paid or volunteer experience in a public health, social service, or community setting.

Each application is holistically reviewed by the admissions committee composed of faculty members. The process may take up to 6 weeks in peak application season of December/January. All applicants are notified via email and/or letter.

Standardized Test Requirement

This program requires the GRE, but the GRE requirement is waived if applicants have one of the following:

  • U.S. or Canadian doctoral-level degree
  • ECFMG Certification

Admission Averages

Average score of admitted student Minimum score
GPA 3.58  3.0
GRE Combined 313  300
GRE Analytical Writing 4.6  3.5

The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country.


2015-16 Tuition & Fees

MPH Resident Non-resident
per credit $910 $1,195
Total tuition (48 credits)* $43,680 $57,360
Fees ** $3,300 $3,300

*Based on 2015-16 Tuition rates and subject to change.
**Fees are approximate, charged per semester, and assume enrollment in student health insurance plan. Additional fees apply for international students. See SPH Tuition & Fees for full details.


See a full list of scholarships available to Public Health students

Other Costs to Consider

  • Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
  • Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
  • Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester
  • Free use of the light rail train and shuttles between Twin Cities campuses

You’ll research alongside leading scholars in Community Health issues, such as alcohol, obesity, infectious diseases and public health policy.

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Learn More about Research in Epidemiology & Community Health

Faculty Research Highlights
Dr. Theresa Osypuk is a social epidemiologist who examines why place influences health and health disparities, including the roles of racial residential segregation, neighborhood context and social policies.

Dr. Rhonda Jones-Webb’s research focuses on alcohol epidemiology and policy with a special focus on race, class and neighborhood influences. She is a leading scholar on alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among African Americans.

Students are emerged in the community through field experiences. Recent Field Experiences include:

  1. Examining data on LGBTQ health disparities for Rainbow Health Initiative;
  2. Assist with the establishment of Farm to School nutrition education programs for Minneapolis Public Schools;
  3. Work with the Uganda Village Project to assess community needs and to lay the groundwork for public health and development interventions needed in that community.

Community Health educators work in a variety of settings, including government, social service agencies, schools, and advocacy organizations.

Go on to a degree that:

  • Uses theories of behavior and social change to inform the planning and evaluation of health interventions.
  • Promotes healthy behaviors and social conditions.
  • Assesses the health status of populations and communities.
  • Designs and implements effective interventions targeting health behaviors.
  • Collaborates and manages health programs and services.

Community Health Promotion In-Depth Career Information (PDF)

Lauren O'Brien

“I care about people and want to see lives improved through public health policy and effective and engaging health programs.”
Lauren O’Brien, MPH 2015

Application Deadline
for Fall Admission

Scholarship Consideration Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: April 1

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Kathryn Schwartz Eckhardt