Master of Science students may earn degrees with or without subprograms. The M.S. program offers an optional subprogram in health communication.

The Master of Science program in community and behavioral health requires 35 s.h. of graduate credit, including a thesis. The degree is offered with an optional subprogram in health communication; see "M.S. Subprogram in Health Communication" below.

During the first semester, M.S. students work with their academic advisor to develop a plan of study that satisfies their interests and professional goals as well as the program's requirements. Students are required to attend departmental seminars and to complete all courses required for the degree.

College of Public Health Core

Students must complete the following (9-10 s.h.).

CBH:4105Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health (course requirement waived for students with a M.P.H.)1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3

Behavioral and Social Sciences Core

Students must complete 9 s.h. from the following.

CBH:3102Medical Anthropology3
CBH:5220Health Behavior and Health Education3
CBH:5420Communicating with the Community3
CBH:6205Designing and Implementing Interventions3
CBH:6210Health Communication3
CBH:6220Health Communication Campaigns3

Research Methods Core

Students must complete 6 s.h. from the following.

BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
CBH:5305Evaluation I: Approaches and Applications3
CBH:5310Qualitative Research for Public Health3
CBH:6335Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health3
PSQF:6249Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models3
PSQF:6252Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods3

Content Area Electives

Students must complete 5 s.h. in content area electives. Below is a list of suggested courses; students should select courses in consultation with their advisor.

CBH:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
CBH:5420Communicating with the Community3
CBH:5435Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention3
CBH:6405Maternal, Child, and Family Health3
CBH:6415Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Healtharr.
CPH:4101Introduction to Public Health3
HMP:5005Introduction to Healthcare Organization and Policy3
HMP:5410Health Economics I3
HMP:6710Federalism and Health Policy3
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3

Thesis

Students must complete 6 s.h. in the following.

CBH:7505CBH Thesis/Dissertationarr.

M.S. Subprogram in Health Communication

The M.S. subprogram in health communication is designed for students who wish to gain knowledge and skill in designing, evaluating, and implementing effective communication strategies and messages that use mediated and interpersonal channels to address the health needs of diverse audiences. The program focuses on clinician-patient interaction, family communication, group and organizational communication, and mass media and web-based campaigns.

The health communication subprogram combines the M.S. core course work with additional concentrated learning opportunities. Students fulfill the M.S. requirements, using the health communication core to satisfy the content area electives requirement. A minimum of 39 s.h. is required.

College of Public Health Core

Students must complete the following (9-10 s.h.).

CBH:4105Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health (Course requirement waived for students with a MPH)1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Students must complete 6 s.h. from the following.

CBH:3102Medical Anthropology3
CBH:5220Health Behavior and Health Education3
CBH:5420Communicating with the Community3
CBH:6205Designing and Implementing Interventions3

Research Methods

Students must complete 6 s.h. from the following.

BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
CBH:5305Evaluation I: Approaches and Applications3
CBH:5310Qualitative Research for Public Health3
CBH:6335Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health3
PSQF:6249Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models3
PSQF:6252Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods3

Health Communication Core

Students must complete the following (12 s.h.).

CBH:3150Media and Health3
CBH:6210Health Communication3
CBH:6220Health Communication Campaigns3
COMM:6371Communication Theory3

Thesis

Students must complete 6 s.h. in the following.

CBH:7505CBH Thesis/Dissertationarr.

Applicants to the M.S. program in community and behavioral health must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS); they also must apply for admission to the Graduate College through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. Applications must include academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a completed statement of purpose form. For detailed application information, visit How to Apply on the Department of Community and Behavioral Health website.

The community and behavioral health faculty considers several factors when evaluating applications for admission, including scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, grade-point averages, letters of recommendation, intent and motivation for graduate study, and research interests. Students with deficiencies in one area may be admitted if all other components of their application are very strong.

Applicants to the M.S. program must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and should hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. Preference is given to applicants with Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test verbal scores of at least 154, quantitative scores of at least 150, and analytical writing scores of at least 4.0 (GRE scores must be less than five years old).

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (except Quebec), Africa (English speaking), Australia, or New Zealand must score at least 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who score 81-99 (Internet-based) are required to take English fluency courses if they are admitted. Applicants who score below 81 are not considered for admission.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Students begin the program in fall. The application deadline is January 15.

Several forms of financial support are available, including scholarships and awards, student loans, and graduate assistantships.

Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and entitle students to the resident rate of tuition and reduced health insurance costs. Research assistantships are competitive and are awarded according to department need and student merit.

Scholarships and fellowships are available through federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, and from private foundations.

The program prepares students for research and professional positions in community and behavioral health or for Ph.D. study in community and behavioral health.