Community Health Development

The community health development (CHD) concentration prepares professionals to work at community, district, and national levels to strengthen indigenous capacity to address their priorities, improve health, and move toward well-being. Graduates of this concentration will have the capacity to work with grassroots organizations, private voluntary groups, government agencies, and other sector providers to design, implement, manage, and evaluate community-based public health initiatives. Emphasis will be given to the development of public health skills, the acquisition of knowledge about working within local communities in different cultural settings and development contexts, and promoting social and behavioral change for healthier communities.
In addition to Rollins core and departmental requirements (found HERE), the core requirements for the Community Health Development concentration include two required courses (GH 521 Program Management; GH 560 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs;) and one selective (GH 507 Health as Social Justice; GH 508 - Health and Human Rights Seminar; GH 513 Community-Based Participatory Action Research; GH 519 Faith and Health: Transforming Communities; GH 568 Community Engaged Food Security; GH 572 - Community Transformation: A Five-day Experiential Workshop on Partnerships and Empowerment that together total a minimum of 8 credits. Students are also encouraged to take additional elective courses of their choice based on the skill set they may desire (i.e., epidemiology, health promotion, or community health assessment).

Community Interaction (one course required from the list below)      

Management (one course required)

GH 521 Program Management (Fall) 3

Community Metrics and and Measurement (one course required)

  2020- CHD curriculum plan


Community Health Development Faculty 

Read about faculty who teach community health development courses or conduct research in this concentration area by clicking on the names below. 



Upon completion of the MPH in global health and community health development concentration, the graduate will be able to:

  • Evaluate health needs and assets of communities to promote social justice or social and behavioral change
  • Apply principles of community-based projects to address common goals for health and development with local, national and international counterparts
  • Develop frameworks and approaches to monitor and evaluate program goals, objectives, targets or operations
  • Apply the tools of financial management in public, nonprofit organizations, or community organizations
  • Assess management challenges in public, nonprofit organizations or community organizations

Connect with CHD concentration leaders

Karen Andes PhD
Phone: (404) 727-5454
Rachel Waford PhD
Phone: (404) 969-5395