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The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Community Engagement is rooted in the institution mission: “The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.”

As students address health promotion for the metro and state through community engagement, they actively incorporate ethics, creativity, and civic engagement in their work, allowing for transformational experiences for both themselves and the community in which they work. This program intentionally partners with community organizations in order to fill gaps and advance the health of all.

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Courses You'll Take

The M.P.H. at UCO focuses on community engagement, within the realms of public health and health promotion. Courses are offered in 8-week blocks with a hybrid/online learning environment.

The curriculum includes contemporary issues in public health, resource management, public health policy and ethics, and community engagement, with a capstone where students work in interprofessional teams while applying systems thinking tools to a public health issue.

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Requirements for Admission

  • Online application for admission.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions. Undergraduate transcripts must show a minimum 2.75 GPA overall or 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.*
  • A current resume, three letters of recommendation (with at least one from a previous professor), and a one or two-page career goals statement that includes a research area of interest in public health is required with the application.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree in Public Health or a related field will be required to successfully complete a no charge, non-credit online foundational module during their first semester in the program. Module content will be developed by program faculty and completed materials will be reviewed by a faculty committee.
Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission. See degree sheet for full list of requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Engagement Director
  • Community Health Manager
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Health Promotion Manager
  • Public Health Director