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Department Chair's Welcome  


Christina Holub

Welcome to the California State University San Marcos Department of Public Health. Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program is dedicated to building a diverse professional workforce that will meet the 21st century public health needs of our local and global community. To that end, we are proud to offer a curriculum that addresses health disparities, embraces diversity, reinforces the practice of cultural competence and calls upon our students to gain community-engaged public health experience, through research, service learning and internships. We offer two concentrations: Health Promotion & Education and Global Health. We invite you to join us by enrolling in our accelerated program. I look forward to working with you to meet your educational and professional goals in the field of public health.

Starting Fall 2023, our Department offers a Public Health Minor to undergraduate students. Consisting of 15 units, a minor in Public Health prepares students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills complementary to their primary field. We invite you to learn more about our new minor and related undergraduate courses on the minor's dedicated webpage. 

Please read An Open Letter to Our California University Communities from the deans, directors and chairs at schools and programs of public health in California urging you to take an authorized COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to you.

Christina Holub, PhD, MPH
Department Chair, Public Health
School of Health Sciences and Human Services 
College of Education, Health & Human Services
California State University San Marcos

Program Student Learning Outcomes

In accordance with the standards developed by the Council of 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
  • Public health sciences skills
  • Financial planning and management skills
  • Leader and systems thinking skills