Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Opportunities

Internship Opportunity at the Center for Latino Community

Apply to become an intern!

2019 Intern recruitment flyer v2

A complete application includes:

  • completed Internship-Application-Spring 2019 (2)
  • unofficial transcripts
  • personal statement describing your interest in serving as an undergraduate or graduate research assistant (500 words).
  • resume

Deadline to apply is February 1st, 2019

Email Diana Aguirre for questions or application.


ÁNDALE Scholars Program

2019 -2020 Application is now available. Deadline: April 16, 2019

ANDALE Scholars flyer CSULB v6_Spring 2019

The USDA funded program titled Advancing Nutrition Development through Alliances for Education and Leadership – ÁNDALE Scholars Program. The goal of ÁNDALE is to help increase the number of highly qualified graduates in the nutrition and health science fields, and serve as a model for replication at other CSU campuses. Scholars will be prepared to be competitive for graduate-level degrees and careers in these fields to ultimately increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent scientists and professionals. The program is for junior level or entering transfer level undergraduate students, who are multicultural, first-generation-educated, and majoring in nutrition, health sciences, or kinesiology.

Program Dates: August 2019 – July 2020

How to Apply:

Complete Application Packet includes:

  • Online Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts from all schools attended in PDF or Microsoft Word
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty or program director (emailed to Natalia Gatdula at  or hand-delivered/mailed in a signed, sealed envelope).
  • Resume (1 – 2 pages) in PDF or Microsoft Word
  • A Personal Statement (500 words) in PDF or Microsoft Word

– In your opinion, what is a major health or public health problem facing your community? Why is it important to address the problem?

-Describe your interest in engaging in public health research. What do you expect to learn?

-How will participating in the ÁNDALE Scholars Program help your future education and/or career goals?

Deadline to apply is April 16, 2019 at 5pm.

  • Students who are selected for the program will receive the opportunity to:
    • Participate in one-on-one mentoring with a faculty member in their major
    • Participate in monthly learning communities for professional development
    • Promote the research opportunities and trainings
    • Increase capacity for students to apply research, nutrition knowledge, and kinesiology in professional settings

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Graduate Opportunities

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.

NOTE: Not currently accepting applications

Download Graduate Certificate Application | Download Graduate Certificate Reference

For more information, you may contact Toni Espinoza-Ferrel at | (562) 985-4014