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Community and Public Health

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HLED 5586-41/ HLED 5023 (online), 3 credits Using Epidemiology to Build Healthier Communities

HLED 5022/ HLED 5586-40 (online), 3 credits Unlocking the Potential of Public Health


About This Program

The Kinesiology & Health master’s degree focus in community and public health helps students develop systems-thinking approaches to creating conditions for healthy communities and ending health disparities. Students can maintain a general community and public health focus or specialize in public health nutrition arenas of food security, food systems, and food justice.


Courses offered within this focus in include Food, Health & Justice; Creating Conditions for Community Health; Food Systems & Health: From person to planet; and Global Health.  The lead faculty in this focus area is Dr. Christine M. Porter, who has been principal investigator on multi-million dollar, federally funded projects including “Food Dignity: Action research on engaging food insecure communities and universities in building sustainable community food systems” and “Growing Resilience: an RCT on the health impact of gardens with Wind River Indian Reservation.” 



Why Community & Public Health?

Students can choose between engaging in project-based case work, partnering in community-based participatory research (CBPR, or action research), and conducting more conventional original research. Our MSc graduates from this focus have gone on to doctorate-level programs for further study and directly into careers in community health, corporate and university health programs, and the rapidly growing sector of food system and food justice careers.

Links to professional organization websites and demonstration of the field in action

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Christine Porter, PhD

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