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Community Health:

Master of Public Health

Assess community needs. Develop innovative solutions. Implement impactful programs and policies. Focus on prevention. Build stronger, healthier communities.

Concentration Curriculum: Health Behavior & Promotion

The concentration courses provide students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that are essential for promotion of health and prevention of diseases in culturally diverse populations.

To fulfill the program’s concentration competencies and gain expertise in this specific discipline of Public Health, all students take four courses relating to Health Behavior and Promotion. Three out of four courses are pre-determined by the program. Students choose the fourth course that meets the concentration course criteria from within or outside the department.

Concentration Curriculum

Concentration Curriculum
Code Course
CHLH 575 - Chronic Disease Prevention

Hours: 4

CHLH 577 - Health Program Evaluation

Hours: 4

CHLH 579 - Cultural Competence in Public Health

Hours: 4

Concentration course of Student’s Choice

Hours: 4

Course Descriptions

CHLH 575: Chronic Disease Prevention

Advanced course in population-based approaches to chronic disease prevention, with emphasis on policy and environmental strategies affecting lifestyle risk factors. Provides an understanding of common diseases, screen tests, community assessment, systematic evidence reviews, and evidence-based community interventions.

CHLH 577: Health Program Evaluation

Use of research methods and theory for evaluation of initiatives and programs in public health and medical care. Emphasis on acquiring skills in designing and conducting evaluations whose results have impact on public health practice.

CHLH 579: Cultural Competence in Public Health

Cultural competence education increases public health professionals’ cultural awareness, knowledge of self and others, communication skills, attitudes, and behaviors. Demonstrates theoretical models in public health and explores community-based programs as it relates to cultural competence and health promotion.

Examples of 4th Concentration Course of Student’s Choice:

Any course on campus fulfilling one or more of MPH concentration competencies in the area of health behavior and promotion qualifies as a concentration course. The table below is not a complete list and courses change annually. Current students must consult with the MPH Program Coordinator before selecting a particular concentration course of choice during the registration process. View List Here.

Examples of 4th Concentration Course of Student’s Choice

Examples of 4th Concentration Course of Student’s Choice
Code Course
GEOG 439 - Health Applications of Geographic Information Systems

Hours: 3

CMN 464 - Health Communications Campaigns

Hours: 4

HLH 494 CTG - Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals

Hours: 4

KIN 474 - Tech-driven Health Behavior Intervention

Hours: 4

CHLH 594 - Health Disparities

Hours: 4

Contact Information

  • MPH Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-300-0330
  • Email:

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