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Options for graduate students interested in Community & Public Health at UW


Graduate Certificate in Community & Public Health

This 12-credit graduate certificate offers training in foundational public health concepts, use of epidemiological data, designing evidence-based projects and community collaborations, and building public, political and financial support for public health work. Click here for more information, including required courses, applying, and cost of attendance.


MS in Kinesiology & Health, Health Emphasis

Students who wish to pursue an MS in Kinesiology & Health with an emphasis on Health will take all required MS courses and Graduate Certificate in Community & Public Health courses. Our MS graduates with a Community & Public Health focus (“Health Emphasis”) 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. If you are interested in pursuing an MS, follow these steps to begin your journey. 


Community & Public Health Classes as Electives

The following is a list of available graduate courses in Community & Public Health. Any of these courses can be taken individually as electives to complement your existing course of study and/ or career goals. Click on each course for more information about it. 


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Offered on a Rotating Basis:


Occasionally some of these courses will be offered over Summer terms, pending student demand and instructor availability.



Faculty and Research in Community & Public 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.” 



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Christine Porter, PhD

Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health,


Dr. Alisa Siceloff

Assistant Lecturer


Lacey Gaechter, MS 

Assistant Lecturer, Community & Public Health Program Development Manager

(307) 225-9775



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.

Contact Us

UW Division of Kinesiology and Health

Corbett Building 119

Laramie , WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5284


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