Master of Science in Community Health and Social Justice

Learning Objectives and Curriculum

Learning Objectives 

  • Analyze root causes of health inequities that perpetuate structural injustices and racism. 
  • Deploy social justice theories, practices, and policies that shift systems of inequities in communities and develop strategies to disrupt oppressive systems and injustice. We-are-the-change-(002).jpg
  • Promote social justice through collective community health programming and leadership. 
  • Create community-based, culturally relevant health programs and campaigns that improve health outcomes in local communities and abroad in various settings.
  • Work with communities to create sustainable practices to address health inequities.
  • Develop leadership skills that value and lift all voices in communities, particularly those of historically and currently marginalized groups.
  • Promote and implement anti-racist policies and practices to shift complex systems.

Curriculum & credits

Students complete 60 credits with the option to select either a full-time or part-time course of study. Core  courses are hybrid, meeting in two hour blocks of time once per week only (Tuesdays) in the late afternoon. Electives may be online, in person or hybrid depending on the course selection. Students work with an advisor to select electives in pursuit of a concentration.

Core coursework & capstone: 45 credits

  • Social Justice and Ethics
  • History, Frameworks, and Foundations of Community Health mabel-and-guatemala-trip-(2).jpg
  • Critical Approaches to Health Communication and Promotion
  • Health Policy, Systems, and Advocacy
  • Inclusive Healthcare Leadership and Management 
  • Social Epidemiology 
  • Research Theory, Methods, and Practice
  • Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation 
  • Capstone in Community Health 

Elective coursework: 15 credits 

  • 400-600 level coursework