Community Health Education Competencies
As a CHE student in the online Master of Public Health program, you will cultivate a set of skills and capabilities necessary for outreach and advocacy. Our UT community health education students develop the following competencies:
- Demonstrates how fundamental social causes of health and disease produce differences in health and health inequity in specific health outcomes.
- Identifies strategies designed to reduce structural bias and social inequities that produce health disparities.
- Formulates specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART) research questions for behavior change interventions.
- Explains key ethical issues and challenges to conducting research in communities.
- Prepares a high-quality program grant proposal.
CHE students complete a combination of required community health coursework, foundational MPH courses, and a minimum of six credit hours of elective courses. Required Courses
PUBH 536 Research Methods in Public Health
Research design, basic quantitative and qualitative research techniques, and ethical considerations. Development of research skills, data collection instruments, and problem identification for research topics.
PUBH 555 Health and Society
This course provides students with an understanding of social and behavioral determinants that influence health status and care in America. The application of this knowledge to behavior in health-related organizations is emphasized. Topics include social and psychological aspects of disease, sociological aspects of health care delivery systems, the political economy of health and illness, the impact of social movements on health, and the social consequences of health legislation.
PUBH 556 Grant Proposal Writing for Health and Social Programs
This project-based course covers the complete process of grant proposal development: identification and assessment of viable funding sources, funder relations, proposal writing, budget development, preparation of a full proposal for submission, and proposal submission. Students gain an understanding of the nonprofit philanthropic, state, and federal funding environments and how they differ.
PUBH 587 Applied Practice Experience
Applied Practice Experience in an approved organization under supervision of a designated preceptor. Students must complete a total of 6 credit hours.
Meet Sarah Schaffer, a former MPH and Community Health Education student
Community Health Education
Healthcare Provider Contract Agency
As part of her Applied Practice Experience, Sarah worked as a Patient Safety Education and Quality Payment Analyst at Team Health.
Sarah’s major projects included:
- Developing a CME (continuing medical education) accredited program on human trafficking
- Creating a one-page reference guide on recognizing and responding to human trafficking for clinicians
- Extracting and analyzing data from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) between FVBP (facility value-based purchasing) and the MIPS (merit-based incentive payment system) program by TINs (tax id numbers) to determine the more advantageous score per TIN
- Analyzing MIPS cost category for risk and impact