Master of Public Health

Master's Master's DegreeHybrid2 years Kristine Sholty

Master of Public Health
Program launches Fall 2020

Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Promotion, Policy and Leadership is designed to provide advanced training to address the health needs of diverse communities. Students will learn how to enhance their practical skills for implementation of health policies and promotional tools to reduce health risks and protect populations. They will also gain the tools to work with legislators, health advocates and leaders in the profession to impact policies and regulations that affect public health.

The MPH program is offered in a cohort-based, hybrid class format, providing working professionals the flexibility to attend classes at night and complete the degree in two years. As public health practitioners, students will prepare for leadership positions across promotion and policy in the public, private and government sectors. 

Benefits

  • Flexible hybrid schedule, with one evening of classes per week 
  • Curriculum combines training in health policy and promotion
  • Culminating experience focused on solving a public health problem in the community
  • Learn to serve local populations through a social justice lens
  • Self-guided practicum requirement that helps students explore new areas of practice
  • Sacramento location allows for insight on policy-making in California
  • Degree can be completed in two years

Audience

Designed for working professionals, this program offers a high level of flexibility. A health-related background is not necessary to pursue this master’s degree; however, 2 or more years of full-time professional work experience in public health (or related field) is preferred.  The program is ideal for advancing or transitioning to a career in Public Health leadership.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from the last undergraduate or graduate degree completed. 

Admitted students who do not have a baccalaureate degree in public health are required to take a non-credit, online, training module before starting classes, with a passing score of 80% or higher, in order to prepare them for the program content. The fee for the online training module is $200.  

Structure

The Masters in Public Health can be completed in two years, including one summer (five consecutive semesters). Classes are offered in hybrid format, with classes taking place in person one evening per week. With a practice-based approach to coursework, students will learn the foundational material and apply it in a real-world setting.

Three intensive residencies will be required throughout the program over one weekend: one at the start of the program, one in the middle and one at the very end. Students will also participate in both practicum and capstone project requirements that complement their professional experience. The practicum is a guided field experience that will be completed in the summer, which includes a consultative position providing technical assistance to local organizations to help solve community issues. The capstone is a culminating project, to be completed in the final term, where students devise practical solutions for a pressing public health concern.

Fees

Course fees for this program are on a per-unit basis, currently at $650 per unit. Students pay for each course as they enroll.  Additionally, admitted students who do not have a baccalaureate degree in public health are required to take a non-credit, online, training module before starting classes, with a passing score of 80% or higher, in order to prepare them for the program content. The fee for the online training module is $200.  

Application fees include the $70 non-refundable university application fee paid online through CSU Apply, and a $50 departmental fee which is paid upon formal admission to the program.  Admitted students will be given instructions for how to pay the $50 departmental fee.