Two female scientists investigate a sample in the lab.

Community Health

Assess health and human development needs for individuals, families and communities in government and non-profit agencies.

Community Health – Master of Science (M.S.)

Candidates in the Community Health graduate program at Montana State integrate public health theory and critical thinking in an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design their course of study with a faculty mentor in order to ensure that their curriculum is aligned with professional interests and goals. In addition to nurturing close professional relationships with faculty mentors, Community Health candidates also gain hands-on research experience with research projects and partnerships with rural or Native American communities.




Candidates in the Community Health program have the opportunity to work with scholars such as assistant professor Michelle Grocke, who was part of a team that received a pair of grants totaling more than $1.3 million for projects aimed to address prescription opioid misuse in Montana.




An illustration of a head, a light bulb illuminating the skull.

Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.


An illustration of a geyser mid-eruption.

Nature’s Laboratory
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

An illustration of a thumb pointed upwards.

Work-Life Balance
Livability has previously ranked Bozeman as one of its Best Places to Live four years in a row, including the #1 best place to live in Montana, calling the city a "tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow" with year-round natural attractions.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding to support their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of Health & Human Development and the Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, teaching assistantships may be available within the Department of Health & Human Development. Counseling assistantships can include a summer appointment in addition to the academic year appointment. Research assistantships may be available with individual faculty members who have funded grants or contracts. Stipends vary depending on the type of appointment, the requirements of the job, the experience of the applicant and available funding.

Facilities/Online Aspects

The Department of Health & Human Development have a variety of programs and projects designed to better understand every aspect of community health. Those programs include:

  • The Child Development Center
  • The Early Childhood Project
  • Extension Family & Human Development
  • Extension Nutrition
  • Montana Team Nutrition




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Community Health program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Community Health program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Department of Health & Human Development may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.