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					Master of Public Health
Student and Faculty
Program Handbook




Colorado School of Public Health
Office of Academic and Student Affairs

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E. 17th Place, Campus Box B119
Bldg 500, 3rd Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

303.724.4613 | Colorado.SPH@ucdenver.edu
http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu
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Table of Contents
Policies Subject to Change........................................................................................................................................... 3
Websites ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Colorado School of Public Health .............................................................................................................. 4
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Mission Statement........................................................................................................................................................ 4
Vision Statement .......................................................................................................................................................... 4
Diversity Statement ...................................................................................................................................................... 4
Accreditation ................................................................................................................................................................ 4
Administration ............................................................................................................................................................. 5
General Information/Policies .................................................................................................................... 35
FERPA ......................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Immunization Policy .................................................................................................................................................... 7
Health Insurance Requirement ..................................................................................................................................... 7
Background Investigation Policy ................................................................................................................................. 7
Student Academic Honor and Conduct Code .............................................................................................................. 8
Academic Grievance Policy ......................................................................................................................................... 8
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement ....................................................................................................................... 10
Sexual Harassment Policy Statement ......................................................................................................................... 11
Email Policy Statement .............................................................................................................................................. 11
Identification/Access Badges ..................................................................................................................................... 11
Establishing Residency .............................................................................................................................................. 11
Tuition and Fees......................................................................................................................................................... 11
Tuition Waiver ........................................................................................................................................................... 12
Financial Aid.............................................................................................................................................................. 13
Registration Policies................................................................................................................................... 13
Late Registration ........................................................................................................................................................ 13
Continuous Enrollment .............................................................................................................................................. 13
Leave of Absence....................................................................................................................................................... 14
Dropping & Adding A Course ................................................................................................................................... 14
Course Withdrawal Policy & Timeframe .................................................................................................................. 15
Auditing Courses ....................................................................................................................................................... 15
Registering for Courses on Other CU Campuses....................................................................................................... 15
Incomplete Coursework ............................................................................................................................................. 15
Tuition/Financial Aid................................................................................................................................. 16
Tuition & Fees ........................................................................................................................................................... 16
Financial Aid Sources ................................................................................................................................................ 16
Scholarships & Additional Funding........................................................................................................................... 16
Academic Information/Policies ................................................................................................................. 16
Electives Outside of CSPH ........................................................................................................................................ 16
Applying Prior CSPH Course Credit to MPH ........................................................................................................... 16
Transferring Credits ................................................................................................................................................... 17
Grading Policy ........................................................................................................................................................... 17
Academic Probation ................................................................................................................................................... 18
Termination from the MPH Program ......................................................................................................................... 18
Course Waiver Policy ................................................................................................................................................ 19
Graduation/Convocation ............................................................................................................................................ 19
Academic Calendar .................................................................................................................................................... 20

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Indpendent Study ....................................................................................................................................................... 20
Advisors & Planning .................................................................................................................................................. 20
Dual Concentrations................................................................................................................................................... 21
Minimum 24 Credit Hour Home Campus Requirement ............................................................................................ 21
Successful Completion of MPH................................................................................................................................. 22
Core Competencies for all MPH Graduates of the CSPH.......................................................................................... 23
Practicum Requirement .............................................................................................................................................. 23
Capstone Project/Research Paper Requirement ......................................................................................................... 24
The Anschutz Medical Campus: Student Services/Programs ............................................................... 26
Colorado State University: Student Services/Programs ....................................................................... 30
University of Northern Colorado: Student Services/Programs ............................................................ 32
Key Contacts............................................................................................................................................... 35




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Policies Subject to Change
The Master of Public Health Student Handbook comprises the policies and procedures relevant to
enrollment and completion of the MPH program as of August 2011. All policies and procedures are
subject to change. Revisions will occur on a semester basis, with the most up to date version available on
the Colorado School of Public Health website at http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu.

Websites
School Site:
http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu

Program Site:
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/degreesandprograms/Pages/mph.aspx

Academic and Student Affairs Resources:
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/index.aspx




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                           Colorado School of Public Health
Overview
The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative school of public health with the University of
Colorado Denver |Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern
Colorado. It is the first school of public health in a 9-state region of the Rocky Mountain West.

Emerging infectious diseases, chronic diseases, emergency management, healthy lifestyles, environmental
impacts on health, disparities and various other factors impact the health of our communities. The
Colorado School of Public Health aims to meet the challenges our communities face by preparing a public
health work force with the skills, research and knowledge necessary to advance the health of our
communities. The combined faculty expertise located at the three partner institutions is at the forefront of
various health issues and research, proactively addressing and improving the lives of our children, adults
and aging populations.

As part of the commitment to meeting the training and research needs of the public health workforce, the
Colorado School of Public Health offers various professional, graduate, doctoral, residency, and
certificate programs. Program descriptions and materials are available through the Colorado School of
Public Health website.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Colorado School of Public Health is to promote the physical, mental, social and
environmental health of people and communities in the Rocky Mountain Region and globally. The
mission will be accomplished through collaborations in education, population-based research, and
community service that bring together institutions, agencies and diverse populations.

Vision Statement
The Colorado School of Public Health, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, learning,
research and service environment, will inspire academicians, practitioners and students of public health to
work collaboratively to assure that all people and communities are healthy and their environment
sustainable.

Diversity Statement
The Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity mission of the Colorado School of Public Health is to build a
diverse and representative academic community which recognizes the importance of social and economic
justice in relation to health. The CSPH will work to build an inclusive, culturally competent institution
which includes the environment, policies and procedures, faculty, staff, leadership and student body.

Accreditation
The Colorado School of Public Health received school-wide accreditation in November 2010 from the
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). As an accredited school of public health, graduates at
the masters and doctoral levels are eligible to sit for the Public Health Certification examination.

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of
public health and public health programs outside schools of public health.



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Council on Education for Public Health
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20001-3710
Phone: 202.789.1050
Fax: 202.789.1895

Administration
   Academic Partners-University Leadership                      Department Leadership

              Jerry Wartgow, PhD                                  Dennis Lezotte, PhD
    Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver               Chair, Biostatistics & Informatics

               Anthony Frank, PhD                                  Lori Crane, PhD
        President, Colorado State University             Chair, Community & Behavioral Health

                P Kay Norton, JD                                    Jill Norris, PhD
    President, University of Northern Colorado                    Chair, Epidemiology

        Colorado School of Public Health                            John Adgate, PhD
                                                       Chair, Environmental & Occupational Health
                 Judith Albino, PhD
                    Interim Dean                                   Adam Atherly, PhD
                                                       Chair, Health Systems, Management & Policy
              J. Jackson Barnette, PhD
    Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs             Master of Public Health Program

              Tim Byers, MD, MPH                             The Anschutz Medical Campus
      Associate Dean, Public Health Practice                     Jennifer Pacheco, BA
                                                                 Admissions Specialist
             Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD
         Assistant Dean, Faculty Personnel                         Kari Phillipps, MEd
                                                       Assistant Director of Professional Programs
              Lorann Stallones, PhD
        Director, Colorado State University                     Rhonda Johnson White
                                                              Education Services Assistant
               Elizabeth Gilbert, EdD
     Director, University of Northern Colorado                  Colorado State University
                                                                 Kendra Bigsby, MPH
                                                                 Program Coordinator

                                                            University of Northern Colorado
                                                                     Victoria L. Baron
                                                          Assistant to the Program Coordinator




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                               General Information/Policies
FERPA

The following information was provided by the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical
Campus Registrar’s Office and is available on their website at http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/registrar/students/policies/Pages/StudentPrivacy.aspx.

Purpose of FERPA

FERPA deals specifically with the education records of students, affording them certain rights with
respect to those records. For purposes of definition, education records are those records which are:

    1. Directly related to a student and
    2. Maintained by an institution or a party acting for the institution.

FERPA gives students who reach the age of 18 or who attend a post secondary institution the right to
inspect and review their own education records. Furthermore, the right to request amendment of records
and to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from these records,
shift from the parent to the students at this time.
FERPA applies to the education records of persons who are or have been in attendance in post secondary
institutions, including students in cooperative and correspondence study programs, video conference,
satellite, internet or other electronic forms. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission
who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend an institution.

Directory Information

FERPA directory information is information contained in your education record that generally would not
be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Under current CU Denver policy, the
following information is designated as directory information:

                    1.    name
                    2.    address, telephone number, and e-mail address
                    3.    dates of attendance
                    4.    registration status
                    5.    class
                    6.    major
                    7.    awards
                    8.    honors
                    9.    degrees conferred
                    10.   photos

Although these items are designated by CU Denver as directory information, only a limited amount of
this information is routinely disclosed by CU Denver officials and the University retains the discretion to
refuse to disclose directory information if it believes such disclosure would be an infringement of your
privacy rights.



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Nondisclosure of Directory Information

Students may ask the University not to publicly disclose directory information. Be aware, however, if you
are seeking employment, the Registrar's Office cannot release your enrollment, degree status or major to
anyone unless you come to the Registrar's Office with a photo ID.

Forms to prevent disclosure of directory information can be obtained at The Anschutz Medical Campus
Registrar’s Office or via the Registrar’s website at www.ucdenver.edu/registrar. Questions regarding your
rights under FERPA should be directed to the Registrar's Office:

The Anschutz Medical Campus:
Phone: 303-724-8059
Fax: 303-724-8060
Email: student.services@ucdenver.edu

For additional information regarding FERPA, please visit the complete policy on the Registrar’s website
at http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/registrar/students/policies/Pages/StudentPrivacy.aspx.

Immunization Policy
To insure a minimum standard of public health and safety is provided for our faculty and students, all
students matriculating into any CSPH program are required to provide proof of immunizations for
measles, mumps, and rubella using the required CSPH form. Proof of immunizations should be received
by the CSPH office at least two weeks prior to the start of a student’s first term in the program. Students
who do not return the immunization form at the specified time may experience a hold on future
registration and/or be administratively withdrawn from classes until proof of immunizations has been
received.

Health Insurance Requirement
Full-time MPH students (definition of full-time for health insurance purposes may vary from campus to
campus) are required to have a University student health insurance plan, unless proof of comparable
coverage can be verified. Students are required to have insurance at their home campus only. Likewise,
if a student wishes to waive the insurance requirement due to comparable personal coverage, they would
do so by petitioning the student health office at their home campus. Students in part-time status may also
be eligible to purchase a student health insurance plan. Please check with the student health office on
your home campus for more information.

Background Check Policy
Students matriculating into any CSPH program are required to pass a criminal background investigation
which includes a variety of criteria. The background check is conducted during the admissions process.
Students are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for conducting the background check.
Students who work at the university also need to submit the processing fee and complete the student
background check, as additional criteria are specified beyond that required for employment. This must be
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Student Academic Honor and Conduct Code
Education at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) is conducted under the honor system.
Matriculation at the CSPH implies the acceptance of, and adherence to, the CSPH Student
Academic Honor and Conduct Code. All students who have entered graduate and health professional
programs should have developed the qualities of honesty and integrity, and each student should apply
these principles to his or her academic and subsequent professional career. All students are expected also
to have achieved a level of maturity reflected by appropriate conduct at all times.

Although it is not possible to list every situation that violates the CSPH Student Academic Honor and
Conduct Code, the following examples provide a frame of reference.

1. Academic Honesty
Students should adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity. Examples of behavior
that violates these standards include: plagiarism (including the undocumented use of internet and web-
based information), cheating, illegitimate possession and/or use of examinations, violation of the ethical
standards for conducting research, and falsification of official records.

2. Professional Conduct
As future health professionals, students should also adhere to the highest standards of professionalism.
Examples of unprofessional conduct include misrepresentation of effort, credentials, or achievement in
either the academic or professional setting; any action that compromises the quality or safety of patients
or study subjects; violation of patient or study subject confidentiality; IRB violations; and any other
conduct unbefitting a professional public health practitioner, researcher, or educator.

3. Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcohol and/or drug abuse compromises the student's ability to learn and to practice as a public health
professional and thus is considered unprofessional conduct. Students who have a problem with alcohol
and/or drugs should seek assistance from services available on campus or elsewhere. The sale of drugs or
the possession of narcotics is against the law. To minimize the potential for alcohol abuse at campus
functions, students must adhere to current University policy governing the consumption of alcohol on
campus.

4. Respect for the Rights and Property of Others
Students should always conduct themselves in a manner that recognizes the rights and property of others.
Examples of inappropriate behavior include: theft, damages to University or personal property of others,
disruption of educational or other activities on campus, illegal use of University facilities, sexual
harassment, physical assault, and any conduct that threatens the health or safety of others.

Any student found to have committed acts of misconduct (including, but not limited to cheating,
plagiarism, misconduct of research, breach of confidentiality, or illegal or unlawful acts) will be subject to
the procedures outlined in the CSPH Honor Code.

Additional information regarding the CSPH Honor Code can be found online at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Documents/PoliciesHandboo
ks/CSPH_Honor_Code.pdf

Academic Grievance Policy
The Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) recognizes that a student may have grievances about
different aspects of his or her academic program. The CSPH is committed to addressing these grievances

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promptly and professionally through a formal and unbiased process in order to reach a fair resolution. In
the statements below, Associate Dean refers to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Student Rights
All CSPH Students have the right to:
    1. competent instruction
    2. access to instructors outside of class during a specified set of office hours or by appointment
    3. clearly understand the grading system by which he or she will be judged, and expect that the
       grading system as determined by the instructor will be adhered to for the duration of the course
    4. be treated with respect and equality
    5. be treated fairly according to standards stated within the student bulletin and the course syllabus

Formal Grievance Process
The following formal process has been outlined.

Step 1
Because the filing of an Academic Grievance is considered a serious matter, the student is strongly
encouraged to seek informal resolution first by discussing the matter with the faculty member or
administrator involved. The student and faculty/administrator should document the date, time, and
outcome of the meeting for future reference. If the student feels he or she needs assistance in discussing
or resolving the issue, a University of Colorado Denver Ombudsperson is available to help students
facilitate a resolution related to any type of grievance. That office can be reached at 303.724.2950.
Additional information about the Ombuds Office can be found on their website:
http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/OmbudsOffice/Pages/OmbudsOffice.aspx

Step 2
The student should contact the Chair of the Department to which the faculty member belongs. The Chair
and the student will work together to resolve the grievance informally. At their election, the Associate
Dean may be asked to facilitate these conversations. The student might seek guidance from the Associate
Dean in this step. The Associate Dean will act as a mediator between the student and faculty member to
help resolve any miscommunications between the parties.

Step 3
If an informal resolution cannot be reached, the Associate Dean will meet with the student to determine if
the grievance is one that can be legitimately pursued through the official grievance process.

Step 4
If the Associate Dean and the student agree to move forward, the Hearing Committee must be constituted
within 30 days of indication from the student or the chair that the grievance cannot be resolved at the
department level.

Step 5
A report will be prepared by the Associate Dean to include a personal statement from the individual filing
the grievance or appeal outlining the grievance or appeal, the date(s) of the alleged incident, and all
supporting documentation and evidence. This letter will be sent to the faculty member with whom the
grievance has occurred.

Step 6
Hearing Committee members shall be contacted to schedule a hearing. All Committee members shall
commit to being present on the agreed date and time.

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Step 7
One week in advance of the hearing, all hearing committee members will be informed in writing of the
Hearing Committee composition, the Associate Dean’s written report, any other evidence and testimony
to be presented, and the resolutions each party believes to be acceptable.

Step 8
 On the date of the hearing, each party will be privately and separately interviewed by the Hearing
Committee. At that time, any additional information, documentation and testimony regarding the
grievance can be introduced. All testimony will be audio recorded for accuracy. The recording will be
destroyed at resolution of the grievance.

The Associate Dean, or his/her designee, shall be present at the hearing. The Associate Dean will not have
voting power, but will oversee the hearing to ensure procedures are followed, proceedings are conducted
with respect for all parties, and that all parties are satisfied that their testimony was presented.

Step 9
All testimony and documentation will be strictly confidential. This confidentiality will be waived only if
the grievance hearing results in legal action to the extent that grievance testimony and documentation
need to be available to the court. All parties shall be advised that no hearing participant should use any
information from the hearing in any way to affect future interactions among the parties.

Step 10
The Committee will send a formal written recommendation to the Associate Dean of the CSPH within
five (5) working days. The Associate Dean will make a formal recommendation to the Dean based on all
of the evidence and testimony within five (5) working days of receipt of the Committee’s
recommendation.

Step 11
The Dean’s decision will be considered final and binding by all parties.

Step 12
Upon acceptance of the formal decision by the Dean of the CSPH, the Associate Dean will be notified
and will inform all relevant parties of the decision. It is the intent of the CSPH that all individuals
associated with the CSPH have the right to bring grievances to the appropriate School officials and that
they be granted full opportunity to be heard, treated with respect, and due process as they seek redress of
their grievances. The full Academic Grievance policy can be found online at
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Documents/Po
liciesHandbooks/GrievancePolicies.pdf

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement
The following information is slightly modified from the University of Colorado Non-Discrimination
Policy, which can be found at https://www.cu.edu/regents/Policies/Policy10A.htm

The University of Colorado, including the CSPH, will not discriminate against any applicant, student or
employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, sexual orientation, or
veteran status. The university and the CSPH will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants,
students and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,
disability, creed, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


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Sexual Harassment Policy Statement
It is the policy of the CSPH to maintain the community as a place of work, study, and residence free of
sexual harassment or exploitation of students, faculty, staff and administrators. Sexual harassment is
prohibited on campus and in any of the CSPH programs. The CSPH is committed to taking appropriate
action against any member of the University community who violates the policy. No retaliation will be
taken against any individual for making a legitimate complaint. It is a violation of the CSPH policy to
knowingly make a false accusation.

Email Policy
E-mail is an official means of communication for CSPH students. All official university e-mail sent
from the CSPH will be sent to each student’s assigned a UCD e-mail address, regardless of the student’s
home campus. Students are responsible for checking their UCD email on a regular basis.

For questions regarding your e-mail account, please contact the IT department at CSPH at
CSPH.studentIT@ucdenver.edu or visit their website at http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu/studentIT.

Identification/Access Badges
Students are required to have an electronic security photo ID badge for the safety and protection of all
faculty, staff, and students on campus. Additionally, this badge allows students access to buildings and
computer labs after hours, as well as parking surfaces.

Badge applications for The Anschutz Medical Campus are issued to the ID Badge Office by the education
staff prior to the start of a student’s first semester in the program. Students should schedule an
appointment to pick up their Anschutz Medical Campus ID Badge by calling 303.724.0399. The ID
Badge Office is located in Building 500 on the first floor, next to the food court.

Students with a home campus of CSU or UNC should contact their campus education staff to inquire
about id badges on those campuses.

Establishing Residency
The requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by Colorado law. The
statutes require that a qualified individual must be domiciled in Colorado for the twelve (12) consecutive
months immediately preceding the term for which resident status is claimed.

A person's tuition classification status is initially determined from the Verification of Residency form
submitted during the application process for admission. If a person is classified as a “nonresident,” he or
she must wait until eligible for a change in tuition classification and then file a petition for the change.
Petitions that are denied may be appealed.

For more information regarding establishing residency, please visit The Anschutz Medical Campus
Registrar’s website at http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/registrar/Documents/RegistrarForms/AMC/tuition07.pdf.

Tuition and Fees
CSPH students receive a single bill for tuition and fees from The Anschutz Medical Campus Bursar’s
Office, despite their home campus affiliation. All students are charged the university matriculation fee,
background check fee, and enrollment deposit (if applicable). Fees associated with the student’s primary
campus are also assessed. There are not additional general fees for taking courses outside of the primary

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campus, but course-specific fees may still apply. All students, despite their home campus, must follow
the university payment policies and deadlines. Additional information regarding fee and billing policies
can be found on the Anschutz Medical Campus bursar’s website at http://ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/Pages/AnschutzMedicalCampus.aspx

Please see below for examples of fees that may be assessed:

$50 – Hybrid course fee (combination of online and in-person class)
$100 – Entirely online course fee
$140 – One-time UCD matriculation fee
$65 – Non-refundable background check fee
$200 – Refundable tuition deposit (refunded to students/applied to tuition within the first semester of
study)

A breakdown of tuition and fees per campus can be found on the CSPH website at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/CostofAttendance.asp
x.

Students must follow the published drop/add deadlines in order to receive a refund for dropped courses.
Drops processed before the semester’s drop/add deadline will be refunded 100% of tuition and fees.
Drops processed after the semester’s drop/add deadline will be refunded 0% of tuition and fees.
Additionally, courses dropped after the drop/add deadline will reflect a grade of “W” on the transcript.

The Academic Calendar which specifies deadlines, including the drop/add deadline, can be found on the
CSPH website at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/academiccalendar11-
12.aspx

Additionally, for students who have been approved to take a course(s) at the downtown campus, please
note that the higher tuition rate will be charged for those courses. If the CSPH tuition rate is higher than
the downtown campus rate, the CSPH rate will then be charged for any downtown credits.

Tuition Waiver
Employees of the University of Colorado may be eligible for up to nine semester hours of tuition credit
per fiscal year, which begins summer semester (June through May) on a space available basis.

Temporary employees, hourly employees, teaching assistants, fellows, residents, student employees,
honorarium faculty, or affiliates that are not CU employees (not paid by the University of Colorado) are
not eligible for a faculty/staff waiver.

Restrictions:

    •   Employees must wait to register on a space available basis on or after the official first day of the
        term to use this benefit.
    •   Affiliates with no eligible CU employment record are not eligible for the tuition waiver benefit.
    •   Classes must be open and available. Wait listing is not allowed. If the course is closed, the
        employee must wait until the end of the wait list period to register. Instructor approval may be
        required.



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    •   Completed forms must be received no later than the last day to drop classes for the indicated
        semester. Employees may not enroll during regular registration, then drop the course(s) and re-
        enroll using the waiver.

 For additional information regarding the tuition waiver policy, as well as the required form, please visit
http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/StudentBillingBursarsOffice/Pages/Fac
ultyStaffWaiver.aspx.

Financial Aid
All financial aid, despite a student’s home campus, is processed through The Anschutz Medical Campus
Financial Aid Office. All CSPH students interested in applying for financial aid should do so through the
The Anschutz Medical Campus. Detailed information can be found at http://ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/FinancialAid/Pages/FinancialAid.aspx

Full-time status for financial aid purposes is considered five credits for each fall and spring semester and
three credits for the summer term.

                              REGISTRATION POLICIES
All students – regardless of home campus affiliation – should register through UCD Access on The
Anschutz Medical campus at https://portal.prod.cu.edu/UCDAccessFedAuthLogin.html. Students will
need to have established a UCD email address prior to accessing the registration system.

MPH students are required to begin coursework during the semester that they are initially
accepted. Failure to begin classes during the initial semester of acceptance will result in a withdrawal of
the student’s admission status and students will need to completely reapply to the program during a
subsequent admission cycle if they wish to continue.

CSPH students may register for CSPH courses offered by any of the three institutions, bearing in mind
the home campus credit requirements. While the add/drop deadline and tuition payment deadline are the
same for all campuses, the start of classes at each campus may be different so it is important that students
are aware of campus-specific dates and deadlines.

Semester start and end dates for each campus, as well as registration deadlines, can be found on the CSPH
academic calendar at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/academiccalendar11-
12.aspx.

Late Registration
Students who register after the drop/add deadline will need to obtain the approval of both the instructor
and Associate Dean. Additionally, a late registration fee of $60 will be added to the course.

Continuous Enrollment
Students have a maximum of five years to complete the MPH program and are required to be enrolled
for at least one credit each fall and spring semester, (summer is optional) until completion of the
program. If all required coursework has been completed, but the degree has not yet been conferred due to


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outstanding requirements, students can elect to take additional course work or to enroll in a one-credit
continuing registration course each term until the degree has been conferred. Continuing registration
credits are charged the same tuition rate as other coursework; however, continuing registration credits do
not apply towards the degree requirements. Please note that students must be registered in the term
that they intend to graduate.

For students who have extenuating circumstances and are unable to meet the continuous enrollment
requirement, a formal leave of absence (up to one year) may be requested through the Student Services
Office. Any student who fails to meet this continuous enrollment requirement (fall and spring), and
who has not had a formal leave of absence approved and on file, will be automatically withdrawn
from the program after more than two semesters of inactivity and will need to reapply should they
wish to continue.

Leave of Absence
Students must complete their degree within five years. Students who need to interrupt their course
work for a semester or more and cannot maintain the continuous enrollment requirement may want to
consider requesting an official leave of absence, using the Leave of Absence Request Form on the CSPH
website.

    •   Leave of absence eligibility requires the student to have a 3.0 GPA and he/she must have
        completed at least one semester in the program.
    •   Leaves are not to be taken in order to pursue a degree at another institution.
    •   Leaves of absence are valid for no longer than one year; however, the student may petition for a
        leave extension.
    •   Time spent on leave does not increase the maximum allowable five-year time limit to complete
        the MPH degree.

Leaves of absence will be granted to students only in situations with extenuating circumstances such as
prolonged illness, maternity leave, or extreme personal hardship. Students desiring an extended break in
progress toward their degree should withdraw from the University and reapply for admission. Upon
possible readmission, any courses older than five years may need to be revalidated with the Course
Validation Form on the CSPH website before the course(s) will count towards the degree requirements.

There may be some instances – joint degree programs – where a leave of absence is a required part of the
joint degree process. Please see campus program staff to inquire about this process.

Any leaves of absence from the MPH program must be approved in advance by the
Campus/Concentration Director and the Assistant Director of Professional Programs.

Dropping & Adding a Course
The drop/add period extends two weeks after the first day of the fall and spring semesters and one week
after the start of the summer semester. To drop or add a class during the drop/add period, please log onto
the registration portal – UCD Access - at https://portal.cusys.edu/UCDAccessFedAuthLogin.html.

Dropping courses after the drop/add deadline will result in 0% tuition reimbursement and a corresponding
grade of “W” will be reflected on the transcript.

Permission to register or drop a course after the add/drop period will only be granted in extenuating
circumstances and requires the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

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The drop/add deadline can be found on the CSPH Academic Calendar at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/academiccalendar11-
12.aspx

Course Withdrawal Policy & Timeframe
If a student wishes to withdraw from the University, he/she should obtain a withdrawal form from The
Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s website. If attendance in a current course is discontinued without
an official withdrawal, the student will receive the corresponding grade earned for that course.
Withdrawals from courses are not eligible for tuition reimbursements after the posted drop/add
deadline.

    •   100% reimbursement if withdrawal occurs before classes begin or during the drop/add period
        (See CSPH Academic Calendar for semester deadlines);
    •   0% reimbursement after the drop/add period and a grade of “W” will be reflected on the
        transcript.

Auditing Courses
The Anschutz Medical Campus does not allow auditing of courses. Students may register for a course for
“No Credit,” but must pay the full tuition and fees. Students must designate “No Credit” by the
appropriate deadlines as set forth by the Registrar’s Office. No Credit forms are available from The
Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office.

Registering for Courses on Other CU Campuses
CSPH students are able to register for downtown courses with the UCD Access registration
system, given that any prerequisite requirements are met. Registration can only be conducted
during the drop/add period at the host (downtown) campus. The higher tuition rate (either
downtown or CSPH) will be assessed for any courses taken downtown. Faculty advisor approval
is required PRIOR to taking any downtown courses that a student would like to count towards
MPH program requirements.

Students would like to enroll for a course on the Boulder or Colorado Springs do not register on
UCD Access and instead must complete the Concurrent Registration Form found on the
Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office at
https://registrar.colorado.edu/students/registration/pdf/concurrent_registration.pdf. Students
must be registered for at least one course on their home campus in order to add a concurrent class
on either the Boulder or Colorado Springs campuses. Approval from both the host and home
campus is required. After all signatures have been obtained, the completed form should be
return to the Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office for processing.

Incomplete Coursework
An incomplete grade of “I” will automatically change to an “F” if not completed within one year (3
semesters). Students must gain approval from the instructor of the course in which they are seeking an
incomplete prior to the end of the academic term by completing the Request for a Grade of Incomplete
Form found on the CSPH website.



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In general, a grade of "I" is given only when students, for reasons beyond their control, have been unable
to complete course requirements. A substantial amount of work must have been satisfactorily completed
before approval for such a grade is given.

Important Note: Students who have been approved for an incomplete and need to retake the course
should NOT reregister for the course on UCD Access or duplicate tuition will be charged. If an
incomplete has been approved and access to eCollege or Blackboard is needed, please contact the Student
Services Office. DO NOT REREGISTER FOR THE COURSE.

Tuition/Financial Aid
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees for the current academic year can be found at the following link:
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/CostofAttendance.asp
x

Financial Aid Sources
Information regarding financial aid can be found on The Anschutz Medical Campus Student Financial
Services website at http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/Pages/AnschutzMedicalCampu
s.aspx

Scholarships & Additional Funding
Information regarding scholarships and additional funding can be found on the CSPH website at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/FinancialAid.aspx


                             Academic Information/Policies
Electives Outside of CSPH
Students may explore options for graduate level elective courses outside of CSPH. However, advisor
approval must be obtained prior to registering for the course(s), using the CSPH Request for Course
Approval Form. The request should be submitted to the faculty advisor/concentration director for
review/approval.

It is expected that the student will take the majority of his/her electives from MPH course offerings
available across the three CSPH campuses.


Applying Prior CSPH Course Credit to MPH
Courses taken at a partner institution with a grade of “B-” or higher that have previously been approved
by the CSPH Education and Curriculum Committee (ECC) are eligible to be applied to the MPH
program, given the following guidelines:

    •   A maximum of 8 non-degree course credits taken from within Colorado School of Public Health
        course offerings can be transferred/applied toward the MPH program.

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    •   No more than 20 credit hours of CSPH certificate coursework can transfer into the MPH program
        (of these 20, no more than 8 credits can be from a non-degree status taken prior to certificate
        matriculation)
    •   A maximum of 9 credit hours can be transferred from the Certificate in Global Public Health to
        the MPH program (EPID 6630, BIOS 6601, and one three-credit global public health course to
        use as an MPH elective).
    •   Only classes with a grade of B- or higher will be applied towards the MPH program.
    •   Credit for courses expires 5 (five) years after the course is completed. Certificate courses will
        only be transferred into the MPH program if they are within this five-year time limit.

Additional application of credits beyond these limits taken from within CSPH approved courses will be
considered on a case-by-case basis by the Assistant Director of Professional Programs and Associate
Dean for Academic & Student Affairs.

Transferring Credits
Courses at any accredited institution (partner or non-partner) taken as either a non-degree or degree
seeking student that have not been previously approved by the ECC may be accepted on a case-by-case
basis by the Chair/Concentration Director and Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, given the
following guidelines:

    •   A maximum of 15 semester credits is allowable.
    •   Transfer of core MPH courses must be from a Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)
        accredited school/program of public health.
    •   Credit cannot be approved or transferred until the student has established a satisfactory record of
        at least one term of enrollment at CSPH with a minimum 3.00 GPA.
    •   If the transfer course is from another institution, an official transcript must be submitted with the
        Transfer of Credit Form found on the CSPH website. A syllabus or course description may also
        be required.
    •   Transferred courses must have a grade of B or better to be considered transferrable.
    •   Course work must have been completed within the past five years or validated by submitting the
        Course Validation Form.
    •   Courses should be transferred prior to the semester in which the student is graduating.

Grading Policy
All coursework must be completed on time. Exceptions are made only for special circumstances (either
academic or personal beyond the student’s control) and with advance agreement from the instructor.
Without such an agreement, the instructor will assume that the student's work is unsatisfactory, which will
be reflected in the student's grade (https://www.cu.edu/policies/aps/academic/1025.html)

 If special arrangements are made for extenuating circumstances, the student can be assigned a grade of
“I” (incomplete) through the Request for a Grade of Incomplete Form found on the CSPH website. All
incomplete work must be completed within one year or the “I” will automatically convert to a grade of
“F.”

In general, a grade of "I" is given only when students, for reasons beyond their control, have been unable
to complete course requirements. A substantial amount of work must have been satisfactorily completed
before approval for such a grade is given.

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Students must receive grades of a B- (2.70) or better in all MPH Core courses (including Practicum
and Capstone/Research Paper Credits, as well as in all concentration-required courses. Students
with a lower grade in required courses may re-take the course once. Both grades will be averaged in
calculating the grade point and all grades received will appear on the student’s transcript. The course may
be counted only once toward satisfying the unit requirement for the degree. If the course is a pre-
requisite, the student must obtain special permission from the instructor to enroll in an advanced course
sequence before re-taking the pre-requisite.

Courses in which grades BELOW a “B-” (2.70) are received are not acceptable for the MPH degree and
will not count towards the 42 hours required for program completion.

Grading System
The Anschutz Medical Campus follows the grading system outlined below:

Grades                                                 Non-Grade status in course
A = 4.0 A- = 3.70                                      IP =In progress used for Practicum and Research
( A+ is not given in this system)                      Paper credits
B+ =3.30 B = 3.0 B- = 2.70                             I = Incomplete (Converts to an “F” if not completed
                                                       after a maximum of one year)
C+ = 2.30    C = 2.00     C- = 1.70
D+ = 1.30    D = 1.00     D- = 0.70
F = 0.00

Students access their grades via UCD Access; grades are not mailed or distributed by the CSPH or The
Anschutz Medical Campus.

Academic Probation
If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, he/she will be placed on academic probation. The student
will have two terms in which to raise the cumulative GPA to 3.0. If a student on probation does not raise
his/her cum GPA after these two terms, he/she will be subject to termination upon the recommendation of
the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. If extenuating circumstances exist, the student may
request an additional term to meet these conditions.

Termination from the MPH Program
Students who are terminated from the MPH program will be notified by the Assistant Director of
Professional Programs. Such notification will include the reasons for termination and the right of appeal.
Appeals will be considered by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Any student who is terminated from the MPH program following unsuccessful academic probation or
failure to meet his/her program's guidelines for satisfactory academic progress may reapply for admission
to the MPH program after one year and with evidence of better preparation. Such evidence might include
the successful completion of graduate courses taken elsewhere or other steps taken to overcome
deficiencies that led to termination. The student's application will be considered equally with other
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Course Waiver Policy
If a student believes that he/she has, in previous course work, covered the content of a required course,
he/she may request to waive the course. The student must consult with the instructor teaching the course
and bring evidence of previous work completed in that subject area. Upon approval by both the instructor
and/or Concentration Director and the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, the student can
substitute the course requirement with an equivalent number of hours in an elective course. This will be
documented in the student’s academic file.

PUBH 6600: Foundations in Public Health Waiver Request
The Foundation of Public Health course is designed to be an overview of the field of public health. Some
students may have experience and/or a degree that would have provided this overview and therefore may
be eligible to waive out of this required core course. If the waiver is approved, the number of hours
required for the degree remains the same. The waiver allows a student the option of an extra elective
course.

In order to be considered for a waiver of the Foundations of Public Heath course, a student must meet one
or more of the following criteria:

    1) Have an undergraduate degree in public health;
    2) Have a professional degree in a health science field;
    3) Have professional work experience in a public health practice agency (a minimum of 2 years).

Students must submit the completed PUBH 6600- Course Waiver Request Form found on the CSPH
website, along with supporting documentation (transcripts, letter from supervisor, etc). All requests will
be reviewed/approved by the faculty advisor/Concentration Director and Associate Dean of Academic &
Student Affairs.

Please note that it is not standard practice for the program to waive required courses.

Graduation/Convocation
Paperwork
Students are required to complete the CSPH Application for Graduation by the published date for the
semester in which they intend to complete degree requirements (see CSPH Academic Calendar for
specific deadline dates). The student’s faculty advisor and Assistant Director of Professional Programs
approve the completed application.

Additionally, students must apply for a diploma for their intended semester of graduation through the
Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office.

Ceremonies
A commencement ceremony is held once a year in May on The Anschutz Medical Campus. All graduates
for that academic year plus the following summer are invited to attend. In addition, the CSPH also offers
a separate Convocation ceremony for the CSPH graduates. CSU and UNC home campus students are
also invited to participate in their home campus ceremonies.

Official regalia must be worn to participate in these ceremonies. Additional details will be posted on the
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Diplomas
Diplomas are typically available for pick-up from the CSPH office 4-6 weeks after final grades are
posted. Students will be notified that their diploma is available for pick up. The CSPH office will hold
diplomas for two weeks. After that time, they will be returned to the Anschutz Medical Campus
Registrar’s Office for student pick up. Students who would like their diploma mailed should contact the
Registrar’s Office directly to make arrangements.

Academic Calendar
Please visit the CSPH website at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/academiccalendar11-
12.aspx for an up-to-date academic calendar.

Independent Study
Students enrolling in an independent study must complete an Independent Study Request Form, which
outlines the learning objectives and plan of action and evaluation. This request must be approved by the
faculty advisor/Concentration Director and the Assistant Director of Professional Programs.

    •  Credit hours assigned to an independent study vary from 1-3, with 1 or 2 credits being the norm
       for any given independent study project. However please note that NO MORE than a total of 3
       credits of independent study are allowed to count towards the MPH program, unless
       approval is given by the Assistant Director of Professional Programs PRIOR to registration
       for additional courses.
            Work that is "directly supervised" (at least 50% of time is spent with a supervisor) is
                assigned credit at the rate of one credit hour for two hours of course work per week for
                each of the semester’s 15 weeks.
            Work that is "indirectly supervised" (student checks in periodically with supervisor but is
                largely independent) is assigned credit at the rate of one credit hour for three hours of
                course work per week for each of the semester’s 15 weeks.
    2. Grade Assignment: The person assigning the grade for an independent study must have a regular
       faculty appointment in the CSPH; therefore, arrange for your advisor to assign the grade if the
       supervisor does not have a CSPH faculty appointment.

Advisors & Planning
Students will be assigned a faculty advisor after they have been fully matriculated into the MPH program.
Students are assigned advisors within their declared concentration or to the program director at their
respective campus. Students and advisors are given the following expectations regarding advising
opportunities:

    •   New students should attend the orientation session at the appropriate campus for their MPH
        program. In addition all new students are invited to attend The Anschutz Medical Campus
        orientation in August. The goal of these orientations is to provide new MPH students with an
        overview and connection to the full resources of the CSPH, as well as to provide time for
        concentration-specific program requirement review, and introduction to the administrative
        systems.
    •   New students and advisors should meet at least once in the first semester with the goal of
        reviewing student’s goals and interests and, most importantly, to draft a program of study, paying
        particular attention to the first year of study.


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    •   Subsequent meetings or check-in opportunities are expected to vary across students. It is
        generally good practice to arrange at least a yearly meeting occurring either in-person or by
        phone or email.
    •   Students should review and gain approval for Capstone Project/Research Paper in advance of
        starting those projects or registering for appropriate credits.
    •   At the time of Capstone Project/Research Paper approval, the student’s faculty advisor and/or
        concentration director should review the student’s overall progress and readiness to graduate.
    •   Student progress is monitored by concentration directors, program directors, the Assistant
        Director of Professional Programs, and the Associate Dean for determination of high academic
        achievement as well as for concerns related to academic probation.

Students may request to change advisors by contacting the appropriate Concentration Director and
insuring that the Assistant Director of Professional Programs is notified of the change.

Dual Concentrations
With approval of the Concentration/Campus Directors, students can pursue a dual concentration
option. This would require the students to complete the required hours in both concentrations, as
well as 6 credits of additional electives – resulting in a minimum of 51 credits. Students would
be required to have a faculty advisor in each concentration.

If the student GPA falls below a 3.00 in the core or either of the concentrations, the students will
be required to choose a single concentration in order to continue. Additionally, if the student
drops one of the concentrations, he/she may continue with a single concentration but needs to
meet all requirements for that concentration.

Minimum 24 Credit Hour Home Campus Requirement
MPH students designate a home campus at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University, or
the University of Northern Colorado. Students are expected to take a minimum of 24 credits of the
required 42 credits at their home campus. Online/Hybrid courses are counted as credits taken at the
campus from which the course originates, as indicated in the CSPH schedule of classes found online at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/CoursesRegistration.as
px.

If a student changes his/her home campus, it is still expected that they will complete a minimum of 18
credits at their newly designated home campus. Exceptions to this requirement for this reason can be
sought by petition and with approval from the Assistant Director of Professional Programs and the new
home campus concentration /campus director.

Rationale
This policy agreement is important for the following reasons:

1. It is important that students in the CSPH have a campus identity for the development of belonging and
interacting with students at a common location in addition to the ability to interact with students across
the three campuses.

2. It is necessary that such a policy provides some assurance of student continuity for planning and
budgetary purposes within the three campuses.


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3. It is important that at least one campus is able to track and monitor student progress in a manner that
would not permit a student to take a variety of courses without advisor supervision and input.

Transfer of Home Campus
A student may request a change in home campus once during their MPH program of study. As a change
in home campus includes a change in concentration and program of study, the granting of this request is
subject to the approval of the Program and Concentration Directors at both the original and transferring
campus. Any additional request for change in campus will be considered for exceptional circumstances
and would have to be approved by the respective campus program director and the Assistant Director of
Professional Programs.

Transfer of Concentration/Focus Area
Students can request a change in concentration/focus area (without a change in home campus) at any time
during their MPH program. However, this is subject to the approval of both concentration directors
involved and the Assistant Director of Professional Programs.

Please note that if a student changes his/her concentration/focus area, it is expected that they meet both
the home campus and concentration credit requirements.

Students should consider carefully any changes to their campus or concentrations after the first year of
study, as later changes may necessitate a student taking more than the required 42 credits.

Successful Completion of MPH
Successful completion of the MPH requires a grade of B- (2.70) or better in all core courses, capstone
project/research paper credits, and all required concentration-specific courses – as well as maintaining an
overall cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or better for the program.

Successful completion of the MPH program requires the following: (some concentrations may have
slightly different requirements)

    •   A minimum of 42 semester credit hours of approved coursework within 5 years of matriculation
        into the MPH Program. Approved MPH coursework includes:
            o 17 hours required for the completion of the six core courses;
            o 12 hours of concentration specific requirements. Depending on your concentration or
                 focus area, additional course requirements may be required and are detailed at the
                 following link which describes each concentration:
                 http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/departments/Pages/index.aspx
            o 9 hours of elective credit
            o 2 hours spent in practicum (see details below)
            o 2 hours Capstone Project
                 OR
            o 3 hours Research Paper (this includes using 2 elective credits for research paper credit)
                 plus 1 credit in the capstone course - see explanation of research paper credit hours
                 below.
            o If you are transferring in credits from the certificate program, please keep in mind that
                 courses expire five years after they are completed. Any courses older than five years at
                 the time of MPH completion will need to be revalidated.




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Core Competencies for all MPH Graduates of the CSPH

               Define, assess and report on the physical and mental health status of populations, determinants of health and
               illness, and factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention. (Explanation: Determinants of
               health include physical, economic, social and policy environments, personal traits (including demographic
BPHS/CC 1
               factors), health status, and the use of health services. Factors contributing to health promotion and disease
               prevention include behavioral and lifestyle choices and personal values and beliefs about health and the use
               of health services.)
               Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of genetics (the study of single genes and their functions)
BPHS/CC 2
               and genomics (the study of the entire human genome) on the health of populations.
BPHS/CC 3      Identify relevant and appropriate data and information sources.
BPHS/CC 4      Evaluate integrity and comparability of data.
BPHS/CC 5      Determine uses and limitations of quantitative and qualitative data.
BPHS/CC 6      Communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
               Effectively present accurate demographic, statistical, programmatic and scientific information for professional
BPHS/CC 7
               and lay audiences.
BPHS/CC 8      Identify and address ethical issues that arise in public health practice and research.
BPHS/CC 9      Create a culture of ethical standards within organizations and communities.
BPHS/CC 10     Identify, retrieve, and synthesize current scientific evidence relevant to health and public health issues.
               Identify and evaluate a range of approaches that can be used to address public health questions, including
BPHS/CC 11     geographic information systems, medical informatics and bioinformatics strategies, and community-based
               participatory research.
               Understand and utilize leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build
BPHS/CC 12
               partnerships for the purpose of improving the public’s health.
BPHS/CC 13     Identify organizational decision-making structures, stakeholders, style and processes.
BPHS/CC 14     Define a problem and specify a research question
               Discuss sentinel events in the history and development of the public health profession and their relevance for
BPHS/CC 15
               practice in the field.
               Apply evidence-based principles and the scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and decision-making
BPHS/CC 16
               in public health.
               Apply the core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance in the analysis of public health
BPHS/CC 17
               problems and their solutions.
BPHS/CC 18     Analyze determinants of health and disease using an ecological framework.
BPHS/CC 19     Appreciate the importance of working collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies.
BPHS/CC 20     Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities.
               Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community
BPHS/CC 21
               settings.
BPHS/CC 22     Explain why cultural competence alone cannot address health disparity.
BPHS/CC 23     Discuss the importance and characteristics of a sustainable diverse public health workforce.

    For a list of concentration/focus area specific competencies, please visit the individual department web
    pages on the CSPH site at
    http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/departments/Pages/index.aspx.

    Practicum Requirement
    The Colorado School of Public Health is committed to providing students with practical experience in
    public health settings. The MPH practicum experience is intended to support student growth, both
    personally and professionally while connecting and contributing to community needs. The experience is
    intended to provide students an opportunity to develop professional skills by leading a project in a public
    health setting that contributes to an unmet need of the host site.



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The goals of the practicum are to:
   • Apply classroom theory, knowledge, skills and techniques to a professional work setting;
   • Enhance and develop new skills needed to function as a professional in a public health setting;
   • Work on a specifically defined public health problem or issue project that is salient to the
       preceptor site;
   • Participate in a setting that allows the student to explore future career decisions;
   • Engage in professional self-assessment and personal reflection;
   • Build a personal network of professional leaders in public health;
   • Connect with local and state public health agencies, other community-based organizations, and
       community-based participatory research projects which serve the public’s health to create support
       for the public health community and future recruitment opportunities.

Practicum Prerequisites:
In order to sign up for a practicum experience students must do the following:

1) Successfully complete the Foundations of Public Health Course (The Anschutz Medical Campus,
University of Northern Colorado) or the Public Health Practice course at Colorado State University.
2) Successfully complete one -year of academic requirements
3) Gain approval of their concentration director, faculty advisor, or program director (please check with
home campus for specific requirements)

The Anschutz Medical Campus:
   • Applied Biostatistics: Gary.Grunwald@ucdenver.edu or Dennis.Lezotte@ucdenver.edu
   • Community & Behavioral Health: Judy.Baxter@ucdenver.edu
   • Environmental & Occupational Health: Jill.Litt@ucdenver.edu
   • Epidemiology: Marci.Sontag@ucdenver.edu
   • Health Systems, Management, & Policy: Lucinda.Bryant@ucdenver.edu

University of Northern Colorado:
   • Program Director: Elizabeth.Gilbert@unco.edu

Colorado State University:
   • Program Director: Lorann.Stallones@ColoState.edu

Should you have any questions or need further support, please contact:

Dr. Jan Gascoigne
MPH Practicum Coordinator
Jan.Gascoigne@ucdenver.edu
303-724-4456

Capstone Project/Research Paper Requirement
The culminating experience for the MPH program can be taken as either a Capstone Project that benefits
the community or particular target population or as a Research Paper (specific campuses only) that would
be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Both options require completion of the coursework and
presentation of the final product to CSPH faculty and students at the Public Health Forum held each
semester. A detailed description of the MPH culminating experience is posted on the CSPH website at
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/departments/Epidemiology/Academics/Pages/Capst
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The following summarizes the requirements for each of these options:

Capstone Project:
The project is 2 credit hours and should relate to a student’s academic goals and professional interests, as
well as demonstrate the student’s ability to work independently at the master’s level. After completing
most of the program (at least 30 credits of course work) and substantially near completion of the
Practicum (there may be overlap with the Capstone Project) students should:
    • Prepare a proposal for a project, using the Capstone Project Summary Form found on the CSPH
        website at
        http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/Forms.aspx.
        This should be done in consultation with capstone course faculty after the mid-term
        practicum meeting. The faculty advisor and project preceptor (faculty or community
        preceptor) may be included if relevant. This should include the goals, scope of work and
        project timeline.
    •   The proposed Capstone Project must be reviewed and approved by a faculty advisor or
        concentration director.
            o With this approval the student then signs up for the Capstone Course for two credits
                 (UCD: PUBH 6955; UNC: CHBH 6860; CSU: ERHS 6980) preferably in the term the
                 student expects to complete the project and graduate, as there is a requirement that
                 students be registered in the final semester of the program.

Research Paper:
The research paper requires a total of 4 credits as described below. As with the Capstone Project, the
Research Paper should relate to a student’s academic goals and professional interests, as well as
demonstrate the student’s ability to work independently at the master’s level, with the product of the work
being a paper worthy of being submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Research papers are expected to
require substantial collaboration, oversight and review by co-authors and faculty advisors and the number
of credits reflects this expected effort. After completing most of the program (at least 30 credits of
course work) and substantially near completion of the Practicum (there may be overlap with the Capstone
Project) students doing the Research Paper should:
    • Prepare a proposal for a project in consultation with the faculty advisor and other relevant persons
         engaged on the paper. This should include the proposed research questions, hypotheses,
         summary of work to date, outline of analytic plan, list of collaborators, possible journals for
         submission and timeline.
    • Complete the Publishable Paper Request Form. This should be reviewed/approved by the faculty
         supervisor and Concentration Director and submitted to the Student Services Office with a copy
         of the proposal.
              o With this approval the student registers for 3 research paper credits (PUBH 6651) which
                  can be taken as a block or as single credits over time (2 of these 3 credits comes from the
                  elective credit allotment).
              o In the final semester of Research Paper, the student registers for Capstone Course for 1
                  (one) credit (UCD: PUBH 6955; UNC: CHBH 6860; CSU: ERHS 6980) preferably in
                  the term the student expects to complete the project and graduate, as there is a
                  requirement that students be registered in the final semester of the program.




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     The Anschutz Medical Campus: Student Services/Programs
     Colorado School of Public Health
     Home Page: http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Pages/welcome.aspx

     Student Resources (academic calendar, schedule of classes, handbooks, forms):
     http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/index.aspx

     Information Technology:
     Bldg 500, 3rd Floor
     303.724.4732
     CSPH.studentIT@ucdenver.edu
     https://publichealth.ucdenver.edu/studentIT

     UCD Access
     https://portal.prod.cu.edu/UCDAccessFedAuthLogin.html

     Registrar’s Office
     Education II North, 3rd Floor
     Phone: 303.724.8059
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/registrar/registration/Pages/default.aspx

     Registrar Forms: http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/registrar/Pages/Forms.aspx

     Financial Aid Office
     Ed 2 North, 3rd Floor
     Phone: 303.724.8039
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
     services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/FinancialAid/Pages/FinancialAid.aspx

     Bursar’s Office
     Ed 2 North, 3rd Floor
     Phone: 303.724.8032
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
     services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/StudentBillingBursarsOffice/Pages/default.a
     spx

     Bookstore
     http://ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/AMCbookstore/Pages/AnschutzMedicalCenterBookstore.aspx
     Hours:      Monday – Thursday
                  (7:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
                 Friday
                 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
     Phone:    303-724-2665 (4-BOOK)
     Location: The AMC Bookstore is located on the 1st floor of Building 500, next to the food court.


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     Campus Safety
     The Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and
     visitors.

     When extreme winter weather conditions develop, the university’s normal business operations can be affected.
     Students, faculty and staff can check local broadcast news media (television and radio) for announcements
     about closures or schedule adjustments

     The university also provides emergency-related information, as appropriate, on a toll-free phone line 1-877-
     INFO-070 (or 1-877-463-6070); online at http://ucdenver.edu/faculty_staff/alert/Pages/Alerts.aspx; and via the
     Rave emergency notification tool. Students can register for this free text and voice messaging service at
     https://www.getrave.com/login/ucdenver.

     University Police
     12454 E. 19th Place, Bldg U-09
     303.724.2000 (main office)
     303.724.4444 (non-emergency)
     Police.comment@ucdenver.edu
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/UniversityPolice/Pages/UniversityPolice.aspx

     Student Disabilities Resources Office
     The university welcomes and supports a diverse student body. The Disability Resources and Services
     Office is the designated office that maintains disability-related records, determines eligibility for
     academic accommodations, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for the
     provision of such accommodations for students attending the university. Additional information can
     be found on their website at http://ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/disability-resources-
     services/Pages/disability-resources-services.aspx.
     Building 500, First Floor, Room W1103
     Phone: 303.724.5640

     Libraries
     The Health Sciences Library is located at 12950 East Montview Boulevard, directly north of Building 500.
     Additional information is included below:

     Hours of Operation:
     Monday – Thursday: 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
     Friday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
     Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
     Sunday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
     (Extended hours during final exams will be posted on their website)

     Phone: 303-724-2152
     http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/




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     Electronic Security ID Badge Office
     Students are required to have an electronic security photo ID badge for the safety and protection of all faculty,
     staff, and students on campus. Additionally, this badge allows you access into buildings after hours, computer
     labs, and parking, should you decide you need a parking pass.

     Badge applications for all incoming CSPH students are automatically issued by the student services staff upon
     matriculation. You will be notified by the student services staff when you are able to pick up a badge from the
     badge office. At that time, students should schedule appointments to pick up their badge with The Anschutz
     Medical Campus Badge Office. The ID Badge Office is located in Building 500 on the first floor behind the
     food court. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 303.724.0399.

     If your badge expires and needs renewed, please contact the CSPH student services staff.

     Students with a home campus of CSU or UNC should contact their respective campus staff to inquire about
     badge procedures.

     Grand Rounds & Seminars
     The CSPH offers students opportunities to attend various public health presentations. Schedules can be found
     on our website at http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu.

     Grand Rounds: Grand Rounds are held at noon the first Monday of every month and feature presentations by
     faculty, preventive medicine residents and health professionals from the community. A seminar schedule will
     be posted on the school’s website. Students are highly encouraged to attend. Please feel free to bring your
     lunch.

     Seminars: Seminars are held at noon the third Monday of every month, offering students the opportunity to
     hear about the research work of department faculty and community health professionals. Attendance at these
     seminars is strongly encouraged. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

     Lockers
     Locker usage on campus is facilitated by Educational Support Services. More information regarding
     locker usage can be found on their website at
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/EducationalSupportServices/Pages/LockerUsage.aspx.

     Mailboxes
     Please see the education staff at your primary campus to inquire about mailboxes.

     Parking and Transportation
     General parking questions: 303-724-2555
     After hours: 303-724-4444
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/FacilitiesManagement/Pages/FacilitiesManagement.asp
     x

     Student Assistance Office
     The Student Assistance Office's mission is to enhance student life at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the
     University of Colorado Denver by providing excellence in specific non-academic and academic student
     services.

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     Ed 2 North Building, 3rd Floor, Room 3123
     Phone: 303.724.2866
     Monday- Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/student-assistance/Pages/default.aspx

     Veteran Student Services
     Phone: 303-556-2630
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/Veteran/Pages/default.aspx
     Hours: 10 AM – 2 PM (First & last Monday of each Month)
     Location: Ed 2 North, 3rd Floor, Room 3201

     Ombuds Office
     The Ombuds Office is a resource available to all members of the University community to provide
     informal conflict resolution. The Ombuds Office provides a forum for prompt, impartial and confidential
     discussion for individuals to review options for informal resolutions of differences. The primary goal of the
     Ombuds person is to ensure that employees and students receive fair and equitable treatment. The Ombuds
     Office provides confidential and independent services to the University community.

     Ombuds Contact Information:
     Building 500, Room 7005C
     Phone: 303.724.2950
     Fax number: 303.724.2952
     http://ucdenver.edu/about/departments/OmbudsOffice/Pages/OmbudsOffice.aspx

     Student Health Office
     Education II North, Room 3208
     303.724.7674
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/student-health/insurance/Pages/default.aspx

     Writing Center
     Health Sciences Library, Room 1204
     303.724.4143
     writing.center@ucdenver.edu
     http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/Pages/TheWritingCenter.aspx

     International Student & Scholar Services
     International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) welcomes and assists over 700 international students and
     accompanying family members representing over 60 countries enrolled in more than 100 degree programs. On
     this highly diverse campus, you will have many opportunities to engage in exciting curricular, multicultural
     events, and share your perspective in the classroom and beyond.

     To schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call 303.315.2230 or email ISSS@ucdenver.edu or visit
     http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/InternationalPrograms/OIA/Pages/default.aspx




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Colorado State University: Student Services/Programs

Colorado School of Public Health
http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu

Records and Registration
The Anschutz Medical Campus:
http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/registrar/Pages/default.aspx

Important Forms
Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office: http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/registrar/Pages/Forms.aspx

Colorado School of Public Health:
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/Forms.aspx

Financial Aid
http://ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/FinancialAid/Pages/FinancialAid.aspx

CSU Bookstore
http://www.bookstore.colostate.edu/
Students taking classes at CSU can use the CSU Bookstore website to see what texts are required for a
given class. Students will need to enter the CSU course number into the search system as opposed to the
corresponding UCD course number.

Parking Services
http://parking.colostate.edu/
The Parking Services website provides information on parking areas on campus, parking permit fees for
students, and the permits can be purchased online.

University Police Department
http://police.colostate.edu/
It is required that bicycles ridden or parked on CSU campus be registered with the campus police. The
fee for registration is $5 and the registration form can be competed online.

The Career Center
The CSU Career Center (http://career.colostate.edu/) can assist students in looking for jobs, internships,
or networking opportunities.

Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners
Their website includes a new rental posting site for off-campus housing and services are offered that are
tailored for adult learners and non-traditional students.
http://www.ocssral.colostate.edu/




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Academic Computing & Networking Service
The Computer Training and Support Services (CTSS) can be accessed at http://www.ctss.colostate.edu/.
CTSS manages an open-computing lab and offers assistance to students, faculty and staff through the
Help Desk. Help Desk FAQs are available at http://www.ctss.colostate.edu/content_helpdesk_faq.aspx.

Contact Information:
970.491.7276
help@colostate.edu

Student Legal Services
http://sls.colostate.edu/
Can offer legal assistance in matters pertaining to housing, family matters, wills, real estate, traffic
matters, employment matters and other issues.

Student Health Services
Starting in the Fall semester of 2008, all new, incoming full-fee paying resident-instruction graduate
students will be required to enroll in the CSU student health insurance plan or to opt-out by demonstrating
health insurance coverage at a comparable level. Currently-enrolled (Spring 2008) resident-instruction
graduate students will be exempt from this mandatory requirement until the Fall semester of 2011, at
which time all full-fee paying resident-instruction graduate students, regardless of the year of
matriculation, will be required to be enrolled in the CSU student health insurance plan or one that is
determined to be comparable to or better than the health plan offered by CSU.
CSU Health Network: http://www.health.colostate.edu/Home.cfm

Library
CSU libraries can be accessed through http://lib.colostate.edu/

The Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus can be accessed through
http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/

Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services
http://www.conflictresolution.colostate.edu/

Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office
http://web.research.colostate.edu/ricro/
CSU has a long-standing reputation for ethical conduct of research in all areas and takes pride in the
quality and quantity of research performed on its campuses. The Research Integrity & Compliance
Review Office (RICRO) provides assistance to researchers, staff, and the faculty oversight committees
in maintaining an ethical environment for activities in the following research and teaching areas:

•       Protection of animal subjects - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
•       Ethical use of controlled substances - Drug Review Committee (DRC)
•       Protection of human participants - Institutional Review Board (IRB)
•       Responsible use of biohazardous agents and rDNA - Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)




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Institute for Learning and Teaching
http://tilt.colostate.edu/
The Institute for Learning and Teaching offers professional development programs and activities,
supports research on learning and teaching, offers colloquia on the scholarship of teaching and learning,
and promotes collaboration within and across disciplines.

Athletics/Recreation
Through the Campus Recreation site (http://campusrec.colostate.edu/) you will find information on the
recreation center, classes, intramural sports, sport clubs and other topics. As a CSU student taking 6+
credits your membership to the recreation center is included in your student fees.


University of Northern Colorado: Student Services/Programs

Colorado School of Public Health
http://publichealth.ucdenver.edu

Records and Registration
UCD Anschutz Medical Campus: http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/registrar/Pages/default.aspx

Important Forms
Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office: http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/registrar/Pages/Forms.aspx

Colorado School of Public Health:
http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/Academics/academics/Pages/Forms.aspx

Financial Aid
http://ucdenver.edu/student-
services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/AnschutzMedicalCampus/FinancialAid/Pages/FinancialAid.aspx

Enrolled UNC students can access any information they need through the
website:
http://www.unco.edu/current/


Bookstore
http://unco.bncollege.com


Parking Services
http://www.unco.edu/parking/index.htm


The Career Center
http://www.unco.edu/careers/

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Library
http://www.unco.edu/library/


Athletics and Recreation
http://www.unco.edu/campusrec/


Dining Services
http://www.unco.edu/dining/


Disability Access
Students who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the
Disability Access Center (970) 351-2289 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations
are implemented in a timely fashion.

Important Meetings
At the beginning of each Fall Semester, an MPH Student Orientation is held that provides you with an
opportunity to meet the faculty, gain an overview of the program, learn how to register for classes in
sequence, and meet other MPH students. An email is sent to each student detailing the date and time for
the orientation meeting.

At the beginning of each Spring Semester, there is another opportunity for faculty and students to
exchange information important to student, faculty, and program growth through MPH Student Council
Meetings.

During each semester the MPH Student Bulletin, an electronic newsletter, provides timely information
and announcements that will help you participate in campus, community, state, regional, and national
opportunities. Please make sure that the program has your current e-mail address so that you can receive
it.

Course Expectations
All course expectations are explained in detail on the course syllabi. Faculty will distribute or post
electronically (e.g., on Blackboard) an abbreviated version of course syllabi during the first class.
Students are expected to keep a copy of the course syllabus and refer to it through the class regarding
course expectations, outline, and grading standards. In the event a syllabus is lost, students are expected
to access course syllabi either from the Blackboard supplementation provided with the class
http://blackboard.unco.edu, or the MPH website at http://www.unco.edu/nhs/publichealth/index.html.


Faculty Office Hours
MPH faculty members are available during posted office hours. Students should not expect faculty to be
in their offices at all times due to teaching, research, community service, faculty meetings & other
responsibilities. It is a professional courtesy to schedule an appointment rather than interrupt class
preparation, research, or advisement with another student who has an appointment. Office visits should
pertain to questions concerning advisement, coursework, internship placement, independent study, thesis,
career development, or other University-related business. For personal matters, it is best to contact the
UNC Counseling Center: http://www.unco.edu/counseling or call (970) 351-2496.


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Computer Labs
GUNTER HALL COMPUTER LABS
Rooms 1530 and 1700
M, T, W, TH     8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
FRIDAY          8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


COMPUTER COMMONS - UNIVERSITY CENTER
MONDAY – THURSDAY – 24 HRS/DAY
FRIDAY – CLOSES AT 10 PM
SATURDAY – 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
SUNDAY – 12:00 PM – TO THE 24-HOUR SCHEDULE


UNC Student Research Day
In April of each academic year, graduate students are encouraged to present class projects and research
conducted while enrolled in the program during UNC’s research week. Students need to submit a
proposal during the month of March indicating they would like to present a research poster or project.


Involvement in Public Health Organizations
Faculty encourage public health students to become involved in state, regional, national, and international
organizations by becoming student members, submitting proposals for presentations, and other
professional activities. The following is a list of organizations students may consider:
American Public Health Association (APHA) http://www.apha.org/
Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) http://www.cehaweb.com/
Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) http://www.coloradopublichealth.com/
Colorado Society of Public Health Educators (Colorado SOPHE)
http://www.coloradopublichealth.com/sophe.htm
Eta Sigma Gamma, Phi Chapter (ESG) http://www.etasigmagamma.org/


Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) Exam
Career Services, in the University Center, is a national testing site where students may take the
certification exam. The exam is usually administered in April and October of each year. For information
about deadlines for applications, costs, etc., contact the Testing Center at (970) 351-2790 or visit the
website at http://www.unco.edu/careers




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                                            Key Contacts

Anschutz Medical Campus
J. Jackson Barnette, PhD                               Jennifer Pacheco, BA
Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affair              Admissions Specialist
Jack.Barnette@ucdenver.edu                             Jennifer.Pacheco@ucdenver.edu
303-724-4472                                           303-724-5585

Judith (Judy) Baxter, MA                               Rhonda Johnson White
Concentration Director                                 Education Services Assistant
Community & Behavioral Health                          Rhonda.Johnsonwhite@ucdenver.edu
Judy.Baxter@ucdenver.edu                               303-724-5556
303-724-7525

Lucinda (Cindy) Bryant, PhD
Concentration Director                                 Colorado State University
Health Systems, Management & Policy
Lucinda.Bryant@ucdenver.edu                            Lorann Stallones, PhD
303-724-4384                                           Director
                                                       Lorann.Stallones@colostate.edu
Gary Grunwald, PhD                                     970-491-6156
Concentration Director
Applied Biostatistics                                  Kendra Bigsby, MPH
Gary.Grunwald@ucdenver.edu                             Program Coordinator
303-724-4360                                           Kendra.Bigsby@colostate.edu
                                                       970-491-5800
Jill Litt, PhD
Concentration Director
Environmental & Occupational Health
Jill.Litt@ucdenver.edu                                 University of Northern Colorado
303-724-4402
                                                       Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert, EdD
Marci Sontag, PhD                                      Director
Concentration Director                                 Elizabeth.Gilbert@unco.edu
Epidemiology                                           970-351-2390
Marci.Sontag@ucdenver.edu
303-724-4430                                           Victoria (Vicki) Baron
                                                       Assistant to Director
Staff                                                  Victoria.Baron@unco.edu
                                                       970-351-2997
Kari Phillipps, MEd
Assistant Director, Professional Programs
Kari.Phillipps@ucdenver.edu
303.724.4449




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