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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Health Science

Graduate Programs

Master of Public Health

Option in Community Health Education

The Master of Public Health in Community Health provides an opportunity for students: to specialize in community health education and health promotion within the general context of Public Health; to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating social behavior changes programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies; prepare for teaching at college and university levels; and for administrative positions in public and private health agencies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply both to the Department and the University. Applications are available online at

1. Each applicant must request that a copy of official transcript(s) of all work be sent to the university's Office of Enrollment Services.

2. A bachelor's degree with a major in health education, which articulates with the course requirements for the same degree at California State University, Long Beach; or a bachelor's degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 21 units of upper division course work comparable to those required of the Health Science major at the University; or a bachelor's degree in a related discipline and willingness to make up any deficiencies in prerequisite Health Science courses. Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within seven years of acceptance to the graduate program. If any prerequisite is outdated, it must be repeated. Credit may be obtained by (1) written examination on the subject matter or (2) providing documented evidence of currency in the subject area.

3. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate units attempted, but who show promise in all other aspects, may be given special consideration after petitioning for conditional admission into the program through the Director of Graduate Studies.

4. Acceptance by the University as a student with graduate standing.

5. A maximum of 9 units of graduate work at the post-baccalaureate level may be credited to a student's program requirements upon departmental acceptance to the graduate program.

6. Submission of analytic, quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Department.

7. Submission of a copy of the CSU graduate application.

8. Three letters of recommendation from persons with whom the applicant has worked and/or who have direct knowledge of the applicant's professional and academic potential as a health educator.

9. A separate personal statement of reasons for pursuing this field of study and comments about interests and experience that are germane to career objectives. Submit a personal resume reflecting the applicant's education and relevant experience.

10. At least one year's full-time (or equivalent) paid or volunteer experience in Health Education or a closely related health field. Preference will be given to those with greater experience and ability.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfy the general university requirements for advancement to candidacy:

  • A. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  • B. Maintain at least a 3.0 average for all course work attempted as a graduate student;
  • C. Complete the following: H SC 500, 503, 570

2. Approval by the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Health and Human Services.


1. A minimum of 42 units of approved upper-division and graduate-level courses including:

  • A. 30-31 units of core classes including:
    • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 301 and HSC 403.
    • HSC 508 Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3)
      Prerequisites: Undergraduate major in Health Science or related field.
    • HSC 528 Advanced Environmental Health (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 422 or consent of instructor.
    • H SC 570 Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3)
      Prerequisites: None.
    • H SC 581 Curriculum Dev in Health Education (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 430, 440.
    • HSC 624 Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 625 or consent of instructor.
    • HSC 625 Advanced Community Health Education (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 401 and 485; consent of instructor.
    • HSC 626 Integrative Seminar in Public Health (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 570, advancement to candidacy.
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 500 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 301 and HSC 403.
    • MICR 429 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
      Prerequisites: BIOL 260; MICR 320, 322; all of a grade of "C" or better.
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 503 Advanced Community Health Statistics (3)
      Prerequisites: HSC 403 or equivalent.
    • BIOL 565 Experimental Design and Regression Analysis (4)
      Prerequisites: BIOL 260; MATH 119B or 123; 6 units of upper division biological science all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • B. 3 units of electives at the 500/600 level;
  • C. 6 units of supervised internship:
    • H SC 585 Health Education Internship (1-6)
      Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

2. A comprehensive written examination (see department for guidelines).

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