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M.S. in Community Health

"Passion Welcomed"

The Master of Science in Community Health prepares public health professionals to address public health issues in diverse populations. The curriculum fosters development of core public health competencies, training students to plan, implement, and evaluate both urban and rural health initiatives. Through coursework, research, and community engagement, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to respond to public health needs in both rural and urban settings.

What you'll gain

  • Ability to evaluate and design programs
  • Needs Assessment skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Grant writing experience
  • Hands on, practical experience through internships and projects
  • A network of public health professionals, and the confidence and tools needed to contribute to the field immediately upon graduation
  • Data Analysis Skills

Unique Program Features

  • Late afternoon and early evening classes
  • Full-time and two part-time program options
  • Average class size of 8-12 students
  • Mix of traditional students and working professionals
  • Full year internship and a professional project designed to put knowledge to work (Past internships have been with organizations such as the Essex and Franklin county public health departments, the Seaway Valley Prevention Council, and many other places throughout the state and country.)

Employment Opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers you can explore with a Master's in Community Health. Examples of positions students have obtained are:

Director of Public Health/Community
Health Agency
Public Health Consultant Community Health Engagement Coordinator
Medical and Health Service Managers Health Educators Fitness Center Director
Grant Writer at Public Health/
Community Health Agency
Health Center Administrator Public Health Advocate
Teaching Community/Public Health Public Health Planner  

Program Specific Information

Dr. Janelle Jacobson
Assistant Professor
Dunn Hall 100B
(315) 267-3136
jacobsjj@potsdam.edu

Admissions FAQs

45
credits

Minimum Credits

24
months

Approximate minimum time to complete (assumes full time attendance)

Rolling
rolling

Deadline to submit application materials

Fall
fall

Start date
 

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