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Students, staff, and faculty from all schools and departments are welcome! Connect with others who are passionate about Community & Public Health (CPH) at UW. With help from faculty and staff, dive into relevant topics in CPH in the popular and peer-reviewed media. Stay current on the latest CPH happenings at UW. 


Spring 2022 graduate course offerings

(All 3 credits, online, and asynchronous, open to undergraduates as well):


HLED 4900-40/ 5586-41 Emergency Prep and Management


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. 


Graduate courses offered within this focus include 

(all courses are 3-credit, online, and asynchronous unless otherwise stated):

  • Fall Offerings

    • Unlocking the Potential of Public Health 

    • Using Epidemiology to Build Healthier Communities

    • Food, Health & Justice

  • Spring Offerings

    • Creating Conditions for Community Health

    • Increasing Support for Public Health Projects

  • Courses Offered Every Semester

    • Seminar: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Health Sciences. 1 credit, online or in-person.

  • Rotating Offerings

    • Achieving Rural Community Health

    • Environmental 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

Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health,


(307) 766-2143

Dr. Alisa Siceloff

Assistant Lecturer


Lacey Gaechter, MS 

Assistant Lecturer, Community & Public Health Program Development Manager

(970) 817-0090



Examples of peer-reviewed publications from our graduates:

Porter, C.M., Gaechter, L. & Upadhyaya, S. (2020). Comparing apples and coconuts: food regimes and (farmers') markets in Brooklyn, US and Suva, Fiji. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 9(3): 197-214. (open access)

Arthur M.L. & Porter, C.M. (2019). Re-storying Northern Arapaho food sovereignty. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 9(B). (open access)

Bradley, K. , Gregory M.M., Armstrong, J.A., Arthur, M.L., and Porter, C.M. (2018). Graduate students bringing emotional rigor to the heart of community-university relations in Food Dignity. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(Supp. 1), 221-236. (open access)

Gaechter, L.  & Porter, C.M. (2018). ‘Ultimately about Dignity:’ Social movement frames used by collaborators in the Food Dignity action-research project. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(Supp. 1), 147-166.  (open access)

Conk, S.  & Porter, C.M. (2016) Food gardeners’ productivity in Laramie, Wyoming: more than a hobby. American Journal of Public Health. 106(5): 854-856. (open access)

Porter, C.M., McCrackin, P.  & Naschold, F. (2016) Minigrants for community health: a randomized controlled trial of their impact on family food gardening. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice.  22(4): 379–386.

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