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Love Your Heart

MPH Students & SoN students partner to take blood pressures and educate CSUSM about good health for the Live Well San Diego initiative.

Below are some photos from the 2018 Love your Heart Event!

(coming soon)

Resilence Film Screening

MPH Students make a presence at the "Resilence" Film Screening 

Alma Detten (alumni, 2017) and Fatima Shakil for the MPH program assisted by tabling for Live Well San Diego at the recent Resilience Screening event on January 29th, 2018 (Fatima helped plan and coordinate).

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MPH Students attend the Southern California Health Policy Conference 

Recent MPH graduate, Olivia Nolan and Professor Lisa Bandong attended the 8th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit. Ms. Nolan presented her group capstone project, Lactation Supportive Campus Environment: An Analysis of Student-Parent Breastfeeding Experiences on CSUSM, at the conference’s poster session over the two day conference, where clinicians and policy makers work together to address breastfeeding public health disparities.


Spring 2018 MPH Orientation Welcomes New Students

The Department of Public Health welcomed it's 4th cohort that included a total of 8 matriculated MPH students. During the orientation, Public Health faculty made presentations on various topics including the cohort and hybrid model, assignment of advisors and advising needs, course sequencing, information provided in the MPH Handbook, accessing Moodle from Cougar Courses, internships, and integrative learning experiences (thesis and capstone projects). Spring semester classes at CSUSM started on Monday, January 22nd, 2017.

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MPH Students attend the Southern California Health Policy Conference 

Students from the CSUSM Master of Public Health Department attended The 2017 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference held in San Diego. This conference focused on California health policy, organizing panels and presentations into four main themes: Policy and Politics in California Health Care, Trending Issues in SoCal Health Care, Topics Facing Medi-Cal and the Public Sector, and Innovation and Payment. In some of the specific presentations, students had opportunities to learn about integrating social determinants of health into programs; the potential impact of upcoming Federal legislation on health care; the impact the upcoming elections may have on health care; and ways to develop a workforce for health care. The students walked away from the conference energized with the excitement of possibilities for future research, and an increased appreciation of aspects of public [health] policy.healthpolicyconference

MPH Students attend the Couny of San Diego's Live Well Advance

CSUSM MPH students attended the County of San Diego’s Live Well Advance on Nov 8 with 1K other county community members. These students were in attendance representing their internship sites: County of San Diego North Regions Community Health Promotions and Somali Family Resource Center. The LWSD Advance uses the Social Ecological Model to engage the community through multiple levels of influence to improve health of: individuals, groups, institutions, community, and public policy. This type of influence is right up our alley in CSUSM’s MPH program.

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Congratulations to SDCBC Breastfeeding Champion 2017: Lisa Bandong, MPH! Ms. Bandong was honored at the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition's Annual Gala on October 7th, 2017.  She is a Breastfeeding advocate in her personal and professional life having been both a breasfeeding student and employee at a university. Her work allowed her the opportunity to see firsthand the varying degree of support and accommodations available to breastfeeding students and employees on campuses across California.

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Dr. Thang (Hue University, Vietnam) Visits CSUSM

Dr. Vo Van Thang, MD, MPH, PhD, (Dean, Faculty of Public Health/Director, Institute for Community Health Research at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam) visited California State University San Marcos on September 1st, 2017.  During his visit, Dr. Thang held meetings with faculty and staff from the Office of Global Education, Department of Public Health, and Division of Community Engagement. Discussions focused on sustaining and expanding the existing memorandum of understanding between CSUSM and Hue University to include Internship opportunities for CSUSM MPH students, research collaborations among faculty members, and international exchange programs with CSUSM host families for Hue University students. It is anticipated that these partnership programs would create cross-cultural, educational and professional experiences for faculty and students. 

  • Dr. Thang
  • Dr. Thang & Dr. Iyiegbuniwe
  • Dr. Thang welcoming
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  • Dr. Thang with Faculty
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  • Dr. Thang in Palm Court
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  • Dr. Thang shaking Heidi Burney’s hand

Fall 2017 MPH Orientation Welcomes New Students

The 11th Annual Graduate Studies Orientation & Mixer was held on August 23rd, 2017. The Department of Public Health held its breakout session in the evening for the 3rd cohort that included a total of 25 matriculated MPH students.  During the orientation, Public Health faculty made presentations on various topics including the cohort and hybrid model, assignment of advisors and advising needs, course sequencing, information provided in the MPH Handbook, accessing Moodle from Cougar Courses, internships, and integrative learning experiences (thesis and capstone projects). Phuong Nam Nguyen (CEHHS’s Graduate Student Services Coordinator) provided additional information regarding the services her office provides to students. Fall semester classes at CSUSM started on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Orientation 2017

CSUSM & CEHHS Convocation Welcomes Dr. Asher Santos

Dr. AsherLev (Asher) Santos, our new Global Health faculty member was introduced and recognized at both the University and CEHHS Convocation on August 24th, 2017. Dr. Santos has acquired significant teaching and research experiences in Global Health and has contributed to publications and projects at various institutions in San Diego during the past few years. He can speak four different languages proficiently and is working on mastering two others. We are very delighted to have Dr. Santos join the Department of Public Health at CSUSM.

Asher Santos 

CSU Health Policy Conference

Our Master of Public Health students had a wonderful time learning about how legislation is passed by attending a health committee meeting and hearing bills on marijuana, diabetes, and hearing aids. They also made an appointment and spoke with the Chief of Staff for Assembly member Marie Waldron, who represents the 75th Assembly District, representing CSUSM! They also heard from Diane Dooley, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, along with a few other lobbyists and politicians. It was a wonderful trip overall, funded by the California Endowment, and coordinated by CSULA.

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Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy 60th Anniversary, Vietnam

CSUSM delegation celebrates Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy 60 year anniversary and CSUSM Nursing Faculty Lien Ngo-Nguyen and Dean Powell congratulate CHEER Scholarship students with their certificates.

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Inaugural Advisory Board Meeting deliberates on curriculum and vision for the MPH program

The inaugural meeting of the newly constituted MPH Advisory Board met on April 14, 2017. In their presentations, the faculty members provided an overview of the current students, curriculum, cohort structure/course sequencing, and initial application process for accreditation of the MPH program. The members deliberated on the need to develop a clear vision of the program, a strategic plan, provide information on students’ demographics, and involvement in community-based projects.

The long-range goal is to establish a good working relationship of trust with the Advisory Board so that members would contribute their advice and expertise to the management and oversight of the program. This will not only ensure sustainability, but will also assure that the MPH program positions itself to take full advantage of the niche and exclusive uniqueness of CSUSM.Smiling faculty

Pictured in order:
Top; Dan Fesperman , John Scott, JD, MPH, Erika Ervin (Extended Learning Coordinator), Janell Bryant (MPH Student), Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, Dr. Christina Holub, Ph.D., MPH, Kelly Grimes, MPH , Kimberly Israel, MSW, LCSW, Nam Nguyen (CEHHS MPH Advisor), Tana Lepule

Bottom: Chuck Matthews, Ph.D., MBA, Dr. Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D, Lisa Bandong (Internship Coordinator), MPH, Nestor Martinez, Irma Cota, Fernando Sanudo, Dan Steeber, Dr. Sharon Hamill, Ph.D., Heidi Burney (MPH Program Coordinator), Dr. Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Dr. Deborah Morton, Ph.D., M.A.

Recognizing the Master of Public Health Program at CSUSM

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is proud to recognize Ramona Prado-Olmos, Rebecca Krogstad, and Jacob Atkins for their participation in the recent Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation, which took place on February 24, 2017. CSUSM actively encourages students to participate in research and the new MPH program is excited to contribute to this endeavor!

Their oral presentation was titled: The Pacific Islander Community Health Pilot Study: Preliminary Baseline Findings on Physical Activity, Body Composition, and Healthy Eating. Mentored by Dr. Christina Holub, Assistant Professor in Public Health, the students presented findings from the Pacific Islander Community Health Pilot Study, which is an academic-community partnership that aims to improve the wellbeing of Pacific Islanders through community-driven and culturally tailored programs. Read MPH article.

Love your Heart Event

Hope you had a chance to stop by our Blood Pressure Screening booth in the Kellogg Plaza today. Our Public Health & Nursing students were busy with screening CSUSM Cougars!

  • Students at Love Your Heart table
  • Free Blood Pressure Reading booth
  • Blood Pressure participant
  • Blood Pressure participant
  • Blood Pressure participant
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Dr. Holub recognized in San Diego Union Tribune for her work

San Diego Union Tribune Feature 

"Speaker Christina Holub of Californa State University San Marcos described a different kind of translation, taking basic research education from universities into the community.Holub is part of a team that works with those of Pacific Island ancestry, such as Samoans and Tongans, and native Hawaiians. At the top of their concerns: diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcohol use and cancer."

MPH Spring 2017 Orientation

The Public Health program hosted 20 matriculated students (spring cohort) during its second MPH Orientation on January 23, 2017. During the orientation, Public Health faculty and staff made presentations on various topics including how the cohort model works, advisors and advising needs, course sequencing, information provided in the MPH Handbook, accessing Moodle from Cougar Courses, MPH internships and integrative learning experiences. Additional information was provided by Jennie Ruiz (CSUSM’s Associate Dean of Students), Nam Nguyen (CEHHS’s Graduate Student Services), and Nadia Sandifer and Denise Brown (Financial Aid Office). Also in attendance were staff from Extended Learning and Mr. Jay Franklin (Enrollment Manager at Extended Learning) provided a limited tour of selected areas of the main campus. Last Monday was the first day of classes for spring semester at CSUSM.

2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado

Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, Director for the MPH Program and Dr. Christina Holub recently attended the APHA Annual Conference in Denver, CO, October 29- November 2, 2016.  Dr. Iyiegbuniwe’s presentation was titled, "Assessment of Indoor Air Quality at a public housing unit for older adult population in Bowling Green, Kentucky" and Dr. Holub, along with her former MPH student, presented a poster on "Assessing the Contribution of Assimilative and Integrative Modes of Acculturation on Obesity Among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in San Diego, CA”.

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo brings together more than 12,000 of public health practitioners and students from across the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share experiences. The theme of this year’s APHA conference is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health"

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2016 ABRCMS Conference - Tampa, FL

Dr. Iyiegbuniwe attended the 16th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) from Nov. 9-13, 2016. During the conference, Iyiegbuniwe served as a judge for students’ posters in the area of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Public Health.

ABRCMS is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The conference is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) and managed by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).


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First cohort of students for new MPH program

The first Master of Public Health New Student Orientation kicked off this week at CSUSM!  (Read First Cohort article)

New professor tackles student stress with Cogtoolz planner

Dr. Christina Holub, recently hired as an assistant professor of public health at Cal State San Marcos, created a wellness-focused academic planner to help students better cope with school-life balance. Read Cogtoolz planner article

CSUSM hires first Director of Public Health

Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, an educator with more than 25 years of experience in academic administration, teaching and research, has been appointed the Director of Public Health at CSUSM. Dr. Iyiegbuniwe will provide vision, leadership and administrative direction for a new Master of Public Health program in the early stages of accreditation. Read Public Health Director article