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Public Health 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. Hybrid format 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. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

In accordance with the standards developed by the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice and the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health, students will develop skills in eight major areas:

  • Analytical/assessment skills
  • Policy development/program planning skills
  • Communication skills
  • Health disparities/cultural sensitivity skills
  • Community dimensions of practice skills
  • Public health sciences skills
  • Financial planning and management skills
  • Leadership and systems thinking skills

MPH has a new SCHOLARSHIP fund!

Scholarships will be awarded to students 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.

Want to help promote the scholarship? Please check out the Ambassador page and share the scholarship on your social media.

How to Apply: Coming soon.

CSUSM Giving Day- December 1, 2020!

Give Now 
Contributions can be made to Master of Public Health Program Health Equity Scholarship online at https://www.csusm.edu/giving/give-now/index.html  and enter “MPH Health Equity Scholarship” in the Designation/Special Instructions section.

Or, you may donate via check:
Please make checks payable to: CSUSM Foundation
Attn: Elizabeth Canavan
University Advancement
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Slagor, director of philanthropy, at sslagor@csusm.edu or (760) 750-4402.