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MPH Overview

Program of Study

This 42 semester unit, cohort-based accelerated program requires 16 months of study (6 units every 8 weeks) including summer semester.* The program includes seven common core courses with the remaining courses specific to the program concentration offered.  (View Program Course Sequence
*For full time students, who complete the 2 classes every 8 weeks.  A part-time option is also offered, but takes additional time to complete. 

Currently the concentrations offered are:

Health Promotion and Education

Social and behavioral science applied to health-related behavior for the identification of risk factors for physical and mental health illnesses and for the experimental evaluation of interventions aimed at changing risk practices or promoting healthy behaviors. Emphasis is placed on vulnerable populations, including low income families, ethnic minorities, women, and children. Graduates are employable by hospitals, health departments, social service and private sector corps in addition to other governmental agencies and universities.

Global Health

The Global Health Concentration of the MPH Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to global health with a focus on the social, economic, and political deterrminants of health, and the global response to health and it's determinants in context of global institutions and agreements. The core curriculum develops competencies in the basic tools of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health, and social behavioral sciences. Courses in research methods and project management and project management are also required. A required global internship provides hands-on experience with local or international international agencies engaged in global health activities.  Academic coursework culimates with either an independent research or capstone project. Case studies and applies learning are common approaches, and contributions by students provide a major component of the learning environment.

Check back periodically for information on the start of these upcoming program concentrations:

Emergency Preparedness and Biosecurity

Additional CSUSM graduate student information:

Office of Graduate Studies
  • Policies for graduate students
  • Forms for graduate students
  • Graduate Research Dissemination Fund
  • Thesis, Project Information & Forms
Office of Global Education
  • International (Graduate) students

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