M.S. in Community Health

The curriculum for the Community Health M.S. is based on the Council on Education in Public Health's criteria for graduate programs in Public Health and requires the completion of 45 hours of coursework. The program is designed with a specialization in Public Health with a focus on Rural Health Education and specifically addresses the health-related needs of rural communities.

Mission Statement

The Community Health M.S. program 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.

The curriculum of the M.S. focuses on training students to conduct community-based prevention level through programming, advocacy as well as needs/outcome assessments. In the M.S. program, students will learn about:

  • collection and interpretation of health data
  • natural history of disease
  • social/environmental factors that influence community health
  • development and evaluation of public health programs and policies
  • nature and management of health organizations
  • social and behavioral sciences related to the identification and solution of public health problems

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.

Contact Information

Kathleen M. O'Rourke, PhD
Community Health Department Chair / MS Program Coordinator
101A Dunn Hall
(315) 267-3392
orourkkm@potsdam.edu