Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice

Please note: The CBPRP certificate is currently on hold/not accepting new applicants. Contact BCHS for more information or with questions.

Community-based participatory research and practice (CBPRP) is a collaborative process, that includes both researchers and community representatives, designed to engage community members using local knowledge to understand health problems and a long-term commitment to partnership. It is rooted in holistic interventions informed by social ecology modeling (SEM) — that not only targets knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of individuals, but also includes social factors such as family and friendship ties, community norms and the structure of community services.

As a student researcher, you will learn to conduct research with a focus on SEM and use community understanding of health problems to tailor interventions and education to those communities. 

Academic Requirements

As part of the 15 credit certificate program, you must take three courses and complete a six-credit internship.

The internship will match you with a local community agency. You, the agency and the certificate program field coordinator will identify community public health needs and work with community members to address them.

Required Courses

  • BCHS 2554 Introduction to Community Health
  • BCHS 2135 Leadership
  • BCHS 2608 Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research
  • BCHS 2609 Translating Research to Policy and Practice
  • BCHS 2610 Concept Mapping: A Participatory Research Method
  • BCHS 2503 Practicum


Requirements: The standards for admission are equivalent to those for the BCHS MPH degree.
Decisions: All applicants are reviewed and decisions are made by the CBPR certificate admissions and advisory committee and the MPH admissions committee.

How to Apply

This program is managed by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.