Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Opportunities

Internship opportunity at the Center for Latino Community

Apply to become an intern at the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community. Download the fillable PDF application today and email: completed application form, Unofficial transcripts, personal statement and resume to

Undergrad Mentee Opportunities

Mentee Description: 
As a first generation-educated Latino undergraduate student, mentees will be assigned to a graduate mentor fellow in order to develop a mutual partnership to enhance their readiness for graduate or professional level degrees and research opportunities addressing health disparities.

Mentee Benefits: 

  • 10 hrs/week of one-on-one mentoring & tutoring for undergraduate courses specific to major
  • Monthly health disparities research seminars and training
  • Support for abstract submission and graduate admissions
  • Participation in annual CSULB “Latino Health Equity” conference
  • Semester stipend (contingent on active participation)

H2OLA Mentee application is available for download or at the SSPA-024, or by emailing Angel Torres at: 

H2OLA Mentee application

Graduate Opportunities

2015 Fall Semester Graduate Student Research Skills Training

Space is limited. Unless noted, workshops are open to graduate students only. First come, first served. RSVP to: Registration closes at 5pm 2 days prior to each workshop.

Date Time Topic Location Facilitator
Friday 8/14/2015 1pm – 3pm Community Based Participatory Research & Health Disparities Student Self-Authorship FO5  – 134 Dr. Mara Bird
Wednesday 8/19/2015 2pm – 3pm Student Self-Authorship USU 305 James Sauceda
Friday 8/28/2015 11am – 1pm Manual of Procedures USU 202 Heather McCreath
Friday 9/4/2015 10am – 12pm Motivational Interviewing USU 202 Dr. Gail Frank
Friday 9/11/2015 9am – 12pm Culturally-Relevant Curriculum Development / Community vs. Academic & Cultural Beliefs USU 305 Mel Garcias-Vega
Friday 9/18/2015 9am – 10:30am Mendeley CBA 237A Mel Garcia-Vega
Friday 9/18/2015 11am – 12pm Refworks Library, 116 Spidell 1 Susan Luevano
Friday 10/9/2015 11am – 2pm Data I: SPSS Basics, Data Entry, and Codebooks CBA 237A Dr. Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez
Friday 10/23/2015 11am – 2pm Abstracts I: Topics & Development Workshop USU 305 Dr. Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez
Friday 11/13/2015 11am – 2pm Manuscript CBA 237A Dr. Gail Frank
Friday 11/13/2015 11am – 2pm Applying to a Master’s Program TBD Angel Torres & Helen Barriere

**for undergraduate students

Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies

Valuable Training for Health Professionals

As health care costs continue to rise and the need to address preventable chronic diseases becomes increasingly important, the U.S. has a dire shortage of well-trained, culturally competent, health and human service professionals who can meet the needs of our underserved Latino populations. Already at alarming proportions, obesity rates continue to skyrocket  – as does the incidence of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Health professionals and community organizations need strategies to promote the creation of healthy environments and obesity-related chronic diseases. This includes access to fresh and healthy foods, safe spaces for physical activity, advocacy and training, and involvement in research that honors and appreciates community resilience and values.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training has responded to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action by creating an opportunity for graduate students to receive specialized training in Latino-specific nutrition and health promotion. The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies will prepare students with skills in community-based participatory research, intervention development, and advocacy to create effective strategies for sustained and positive health outcomes.

California State University Long Beach is the second largest university in California, and has a richly diverse student population. The College of Health & Human Services offers fully accredited master’s degrees in public health, social work, physical therapy, health care administration, nutrition science, food science, gerontology, family and consumer sciences, health sciences, nursing, communicative disorders, criminal justice, public administration, recreation administration, and joint degree programs.

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies is offered to all students currently enrolled in a CSULB graduate degree program. Graduates across diverse health and human service occupations will be prepared to meet the needs of California and the nation’s growing Latino population.

The certificate includes:

  • An overview of Latino-specific health from early childhood to the development of chronic diseases that impact Latinos across their lifespan
  • The development of culturally and linguistically relevant interventions
  • Strategies for implementation of best practices in chronic disease prevention
  • Experience and development of skills in community-based participatory research

Program Courses

HSC 507 Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Structural-environmental factors associated with health issues and disease, evidence-based research and programs affecting access to healthcare, and positive health outcomes among underserved populations.
HSC 534 Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3 units)
Factors Explored: Nutrition-related and contextual factors associated with chronic disease and development of prevention strategies among Latino subgroups.
HSC 537 Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotion for Latinos (3 units)
Factors Explored: Urgency for and methods to develop culturally and linguistically relevant nutrition education for Latinos.
HSC 592A Internship in Latino Nutrition and Health Promotion (3 units)
Factors Explored: A competency-based, service-learning experience in which knowledge, understanding, and theory are applied to real-life situations for skill development.
HHS 634 Advanced Latino Community Health (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Current policies, epidemiology, and cultural & linguistic factors that influence the etiologies of disease, health status, and access.
HHS 635 Latino Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Focus on the Child (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Cultural, structural-enviromental, and genetic factors that impact the well-being of the Latino child at different development stages.


Demand for well-trained practitioners in health care disciplines – including health education, nursing, physical therapy, and nutrition – is projected to increase over the next 25 years. With Latinos soon to be the majority in the state of California, there is a need for specialized training to work with this population. The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies provides the essential foundation practitioners need to address the health of Latino families and communities.

This certificate enhances the academic experience of CSULB graduate students by increasing scientific knowledge, cultural expertise, and ability to implement effective community health programs for the most underserved Latino populations. Graduates with this specialized training have obtained positions at some of Southern California’s largest health care employers, community-based organizations, and hospitals throughout the region.


For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies program, applicants must:

  1. Be accepted to a CSULB graduate program;
  2. Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in their graduate program;
  3. Have completed (with a grade of B or better) the following undergraduate courses OR equivalents (as determined by the certificate directors);
    • HSC 401 Community Health Education
    • HSC 403 Community Health
    • NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition
  4. Complete the Certificate program application (available for download at our website);
  5. Provide one letter of reference; and
  6. Submit copies of academic transcripts (or have them already on file at CSULB)


While enrolled in the Certificate program, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 6 units in Certificate coursework per academic year;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in Certificate coursework; and
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 units of required courses in the Certificate program.

Download Graduate Certificate Application | Download Graduate Certificate Reference

For more information, you may contact Toni Espinoza-Ferrel at | (562) 985-4014 or Maryan Santa Cruz at | (562) 985-5312