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Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

The Master of Public Health prepares students as practitioners of public health and as leaders in public and private sector agencies and organizations. Graduates are well-prepared to succeed in positions as public health professionals in local community organizations, hospitals, health management organizations, government agencies, the military, academia, and the private sector. Instructional faculty are leading teachers and researchers in the field of public health as well as local practitioners in specialized fields comprising each of the option areas. The program’s rich and diverse curriculum provides students with the concrete tools they need to operate competently in the field after they graduate.

The 42-unit MPH is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of every student. The program admits two times a year, Fall and Spring, keeping class sizes small and promoting greater personal attention. We offer our program in both hybrid and online formats, with courses that start every 8 weeks and are conducted two evenings a week.


The MPH Program is committed to the following specific goals for all students:

  1. To train public health professionals in the core competencies of public health and in areas of concentration.
  2. To engage students and faculty in public health research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the prevention, management and resolution of public health challenges.
  3. To provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage in professional and community based services for public health leadership and workforce development. 

Mission, Vision, and Value

  • Mission Statement
    To enhance wellness and reduce health disparities through community-based interventions and practice by preparing culturally responsive professionals engaged locally and abroad.
  • Vision Statement
    Attainment of health equity through our public health efforts in California, our nation, and our world.
  • Value Statement

    The MPH Program's core values include:

    Accountability - Answers to the community in conducting evidence-based practice and research while training prepared and active public health practitioners.
    Community - Dedicated to the service, teamwork, and partnership that strengthens our community as it struggles with modern health problems.
    Diversity - Embraces and promotes the diversity of our students, faculty and staff.
    Excellence - Committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service.
    Integrity - Follows the principles of ethics in research, practice, instructional, and administrative activities.
    Inclusivity - Values the input, participation, and perspectives of our community stakeholders.
    Relevance - Active participant in projects supporting the mission of the CSUSM and improving the welfare of our community.

Minor in Public Health

Our Public Health minor is officially available to CSUSM undergraduate students! Focusing on the history of public health, organizational structures of the U.S. health system, epidemiology, and other topics in Kinesiology and Human Development, a Public Health minor provides students with the opportunity to enhance their degree with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills complementary to their primary field. 

Please check this webpage for detailed information regarding the minor. 

MPH Aspiration & Health Equity Scholarships

Starting Fall 2024, the MPH Aspiration Scholarship supports the development of professional skills by funding graduate education in select fields designed to improve life in San Diego County. This scholarship awards up to $30,000 over the course of a student's academic career. To learn more about 

How to Apply: Applicants will apply through the MPH Aspiration Scholarship Application, which is open until 5:00pm PST, Monday, July 8th, 2024. 

MPH Health Equity Scholarships will be awarded each Fall to a new incoming student in the Master of Public Health program who demonstrate a commitment to upholding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and who are committed to addressing health disparities through service and research. Preference will be given to students who work as first responders or front-line public health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How to Apply: Applicants will apply through the CSUSM General Scholarship application, which is open from October 1st through February 1st for the following FallSearch MPH Health Equity Scholarship and apply now!


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