Master of Public Health

Requirements (56 units)

Program Code: PHLT

The Master of Public Health program is appropriate for health professionals furthering their careers as educators, supervisors, leaders, and administrators in public health settings including county, state, and federal health agencies, community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and public institutions dedicated to the improvement of population health. The purpose of the MPH program is to prepare professionals to develop knowledge and skill to identify, assess, evaluate, and resolve public health problems with competence in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Specific entrance requirements have been established by the University and the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology. Further information and application materials are available on the department web pages.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the University, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) in the last 90 quarter units of undergraduate coursework and in all post-graduate coursework;
  2. Undergraduate coursework in the natural and social sciences, including those focused on cultural and ethnic diversity;
  3. A copy of most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, including one from the school where applicant most recently completed coursework, or from someone who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability and professional promise in the graduate degree program;
  5. A statement of purpose, double-spaced and 2-3 pages maximum, describing those experiences, including academic, which have shaped the applicant’s interest in public health, immediate and long-term professional goals, reasons for being interested in the MPH program, strengths the applicant brings to the program, and skills which the applicant would like to improve.
  6. Writing sample based on a public health topic of interest to the applicant, typed, approximately 1,000 words, double-spaced.

Students with less than 3.0 GPA (but 2.5 or higher) in the last 90-quarter units, may be admitted as conditionally classified, if all other areas are satisfactorily met. To attain fully classified status, students must complete at least 16 quarter units of MPH core coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) and must remove any deficiencies stated as conditions for acceptance into the program or otherwise set by the department’s graduate committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, the student must:

  1. Achieve classified status;
  2. Candidacy will be granted upon completion of 20 quarter units towards the MPH with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and a B or higher in all required coursework;
  3. Submit a formal program of study of graduate coursework prepared in consultation with the MPH graduate coordinator;
  4. Be recommended for advancement to candidacy by the MPH graduate coordinator;
  5. The Writing Requirement for Graduate Candidacy (WRGC) will be completed by a student submitting paper(s) that receive(s) a passing score as evaluated by program specific rubric.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Advancement to candidacy for the degree and approval of the specific program of study;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better, in all graduate course work fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Public Health and grades of “B” or better in all coursework;
  3. A minimum of 56 units of approved graduate-level coursework included in the formal program, with no more than the required core courses transferred from an accredited MPH program elsewhere, and at least half of the units required for the degree gained from 600-level courses in Health Science and Human Ecology (HSCI);
  4. Completion of a professional field experience and final report or, in exceptional rare cases as approved by the MPH graduate coordinator, substitution with another integrative course or comprehensive examination.

Degree Requirements (56 units)

Public Health Core (20)
HSCI 610Social and Behavioral Influences on Public Health4
HSCI 611Public Health System Organization and Delivery4
HSCI 612Public Health Statistics4
HSCI 616Environmental and Occupational Health4
HSCI 617Epidemiology4
Required Courses (36)
HSCI 607Cross Cultural Aspects of Health4
HSCI 608Health Research Methods4
HSCI 609Grant Writing for Health Sciences4
HSCI 613Principles of Health Behavior4
HSCI 614Health Education Practice4
HSCI 660DAdvanced Topics in Health Science and Human Ecology4
HSCI 663Principles of Public Health Nutrition4
HSCI 689DField Experience4
Elective chosen in consultation with MPH graduate coordinator.4
Total Units56