Courses and Requirements: COPHP MPH

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The UW Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Master of Public Health (COPHP MPH) program is designed for students interested in an MPH degree with training in applied public health practice. The degree prepares students for a fulfilling career as a leader in the field of community health.

Degree Requirements

All students admitted to the COPHP MPH program are required to earn a minimum of 63 course credits.

Course Schedule

Course and Types

Core Courses

All COPHP MPH program students must complete the following problem-based learning core courses:

Core courses teach public health competencies through a problem-based learning approach. Students work in small teams to analyze public health case studies, developing their own solutions with guidance from a faculty instructor.

COPHP faculty teams develop case studies to meet a course’s learning objectives. By the time of graduation, students will have addressed more than 250 learning objectives through 50 case studies.

Elective Courses

To fulfill the electives requirement, students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered by the UW School of Public Health and other schools at the University of Washington. Students who are also pursuing a graduate certificate in a public health specialty often take elective courses in their particular specialty.

Certificate Options


Seminars meet weekly throughout the program. They serve as ways to supplement coursework, showcase leaders and role models in the local public health community, and discuss transcending, urgent, and timely public health issues. The COPHP MPH Seminar is a class that all COPHP MPH students take together, offering opportunities for community-building and cohort-wide collaboration.

Practicum and Capstone

The practicum and capstone are important components of the COPHP MPH program.

Practicum project occurs during the first year in COPHP MPH program.

The capstone project typically begins in autumn quarter of the second year or the summer before.

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