M.S. in Community Health

Admissions requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.
  • A letter of intent that expresses professional and educational goals as it relates to the program.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.

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 rural health initiatives. Through coursework, research, and community engagement, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to respond to public health needs in rural settings. Program start date: Fall

Contact Information

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Satterlee 238
(315) 267-2165
graduate@potsdam.edu

Program-Related Information
Kathleen M. O'Rourke, Ph.D.
Chair, Program Coordinator
Dunn Hall 101A
(315) 267-3392
orourkkm@potsdam.edu

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 45 credit hours

HLTH 600, Social/Behavioral Determinants
HLTH 605, Biostatistics
HLTH 610, Epidemiology
HLTH 620, Current Topics in Rural Health
HLTH 625, Research and Assessment
HLTH 630, Health Disparities
HLTH 640, Program Planning
HLTH 645, Program Evaluation
HLTH 651, Environmental and Occupational Health
HLTH 655, Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 690, Internship I
HLTH 691, Internship II
HLTH 696, Professional Project I
HLTH 697, Professional Project II

Electives: 3-6 credit hours

Uniqueness of Program

Graduates of the M.S. program will be prepared to identify, prevent and solve health problems as well as develop and evaluate health-related programs and policies, especially those affecting rural health populations.  The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students.  Many of our graduates will serve as managers, administrators, researchers, and educators. The MS offers graduates a breadth of knowledge they can apply to almost any public health topic, such as: STI prevention; promotion of breast or other cancer screenings; substance abuse prevention; or the promotion of physical activity and nutrition.