Community Health

M.H.S.

As the needs of our communities continue to grow, the demand for skilled, insightful community practitioners increases, as well.  Government agencies. Private businesses. Colleges. Social work practices. These are just a few examples of where you could lead a successful career in community health—educating individuals and families about preventative healthcare and connecting them with the resources to promote healthy behaviors. Are you ready to impact your community through Health education?

Our Master of Human Services (M.H.S.) offers a Community Health concentration that empowers students to improve the health of their communities and leads them to become case manager nurses, critical care managers, program coordinators, and more.

Offered online, this inspiring and practical degree from Concordia University, Nebraska can be earned within two years and is taught by a team of experts who will teach you everything you need to know to become the servant leader you aspire to be. While a background in nursing, psychology, sociology, or community service would be a great fit for this program, it is designed to equip compassionate college graduates with the skills needed to excel as an effective advocate for the people who need it most.

Community HealthProgram Goals

  • Explore the history and trends in Community Health, to understand best practices and evidence-based programs and procedures.
  • Conduct training, research, programming, service, and curricular development in the field of Health Education
  • Offer servant-leadership based professional services to vulnerable populations in your community
  • Develop management skills in an emerging field with many growing needs

Get On Your Way

The next start date for Community Health is Monday, Jan 8.

Community HealthCourses

  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Health Services is a 36 credit-hour degree program.

Core Courses

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    MHS 500 History and Foundation of Human Service Systems
    3
    Study the foundations of human services from a broad perspective and examine the philosophies, values, concepts, trends, challenges, and opportunities. Students will be equipped with the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the history of human services, giving special attention to the development of human services and the future scope of the field.
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    MHS 514 Policy, Programs, & Services
    3
    This course analyzes the development of human services legislation throughout history. Students will study both the historical and current relationship between social policy and public policy and assess how this influences the development of human services programs and the provision of services.
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    MHS 533 Intercultural Communication in Counseling, Health & Human Services
    3
    Study the cultural practices that influence communication between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds, with particular emphasis on the impact in health and human services. This course will provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures. Students apply these skills to their chosen field through activities related to culture-specific services in their geographic and professional scope.
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    MHS 543 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
    3
    Emerge as a leader by analyzing and understanding organizations and their processes. Students will examine concepts and theories of behavioral science through individual, group, and structural behaviors. Students will apply learned concepts and theories to the prediction and management of human behavior in organizations, using theories and models to help understand human behavior and predict organizational outcomes.
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    MHS 550 Issues in Human Service Administration
    3
    This course introduces basic theories, practices, and relevant issues in human service agencies. As a result, students will develop skills to work effectively within an organization, hone their observational skills, and understand political dynamics of service delivery groups.
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    MHS 555 Life Span Development
    3
    Examine the interdisciplinary development—physical, cognitive, psychosocial and spiritual—at each stage of growth in the individual and family life cycle. The establishment of a spiritual foundation that supports family life ministry and relationships with others is discussed.
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    MHS 560 Professional Ethics
    3
    This course emphasizes the integrity of the human service profession. The course offers a brief introduction to theological ethics and then focuses on the practical issues in personal morality faced by human services workers, families, and society. Ethical concepts as they relate to the universal principal to do no harm to those you serve are also explored.
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    MHS 570 Managing Volunteers
    3
    Many organizations have a volunteer base that provides support for the organization. The quality of support received from volunteers depends on how the staff works with and utilizes the volunteers. Often organizations determine how they are going to recruit volunteers and do not do anything to plan for successful volunteer engagement. This course will help you identify the many issues organizations must consider when utilizing volunteers.

Community Health Concentration

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    MPH 515 Principles of Health Behaviors
    3
    This course provides a broad overview of the field of behavioral health, examining a variety of behavioral models and theories in order to better understand behavior change, health risk behavior and psychological/behavioral factors that affect physical conditions in individuals and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to a variety of health concerns.
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    MPH 584 Community Health
    3
    This course introduces students to crucial global health issues and culminates in a weeklong face-to-face trip to a developing country. Students will explore health determinants and key areas of disease burden that affect developing nations and study the role that health technology plays in solving these problems.
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    MPH 585 Programming & Evaluation in Public Health
    3
    Perform a community needs assessment and identify what type of public health program(s) are needed in your community. Students will then develop a plan to implement a public health program to meet that need. The plan must have objectives that are measurable, and a budget that is financially feasible. Most importantly, any public health program that utilizes resources must be able to show a return on investment (ROI) in value toward improving population health. Finally, the plan needs to have specific tasks and timelines delegated to responsible team members that will complete them.

Capstone Course

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    MHS 599 Practicum in Human Services
    3
    Conduct programmatic research and implement a services project in your area of professional interest. The practicum consists of 125 total hours, which includes research and work in the field.
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