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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Community Health and Prevention Research (CHPR) consists of a minimum of 45 units and is designed for students pursuing health-related careers focusing on chronic disease prevention, health and wellness promotion, and the pursuit of health equity.
The growing and increasingly recognized and valued fields of community health and prevention research are concerned with expanding and enhancing disease prevention and control efforts in communities at local, state, national, and international levels. The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), a world-renowned research center founded in 1972, recognizes that community health and prevention research play an increasingly vital role within the field of medicine, the study of global health, and population-level efforts to prevent and reduce chronic diseases. The purpose of this program is to:
- Engage students from a range of backgrounds in didactic and experiential learning opportunities with the goal of gaining an in-depth understanding of community health and prevention research applications in diverse practice settings
- Prepare future public health professionals to responsibly and effectively address health challenges faced by diverse communities across the life course.
Why Complete a Master of Science in Community Health and Prevention Research?
Students who complete the Master of Science in Community Health and Prevention Research will:
- Study patterns of chronic diseases in diverse communities and settings and examine how prevention can optimize health and promote health equity at the individual, family, community, and population level
- Critically interpret and evaluate research on community health and prevention
- Become involved in research teams that encourage health equity promotion and social responsibility
- Gain and hone methodological skills including research study design, study implementation, and data analysis related to community health and prevention research
- Utilize translational research and applied science in a community-based research internship with the expectation that they design, implement, and assess health and wellness solutions addressing preventable community health challenges
- Complete a master’s thesis.