What are the various certificate, masters and doctoral degree programs available through the School of Community & Global Health?
The School of Community and Global Health (SCGH) offers a certificate in the Foundations of Public Health intended for various audiences, including allied working professionals and students in affiliated graduate programs in the Claremont Consortium. The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is available with four areas of concentration: (1) Health Promotion, Education and Evaluation; (2) Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology; and (3) Leadership and Management and (4) Health Informatics. Students may also pursue approved dual degrees in Business Administration and Public Health (MBA/MPH) with the Drucker School of Management as well as Applied Psychology and Public Health (MA/MPH) with the Department of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. Students may also pursue individually created dual degree programs with direction from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Students from the Claremont Colleges may work simultaneously toward their undergraduate degrees and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with completion of both degrees in five years. More information about dual degrees can be found at www.cgu.edu/scgh. The School offers two doctoral programs: a PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences and a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH).
What is the difference between the MPH and PhD program?
The MPH is a professional degree with a greater orientation towards practice in a public health setting. Graduates obtain careers as practitioners in traditional health departments, managed care organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, consulting firms, international agencies, state and federal agencies, among others. The PhD in Health Promotion Sciences is an academic degree that is more research oriented and quantitatively based than the MPH program. As such, the PhD program prepares students for careers in academics and research.
What is the difference between the DrPH and the PhD programs?
The focus of the DrPH program is on leadership in public health practice, giving it a distinct identity from the PhD degree. In contrast to the PhD degree, the DrPH places greater emphasis on evidence-based practice to execute the three core public health functions (assessment, policy development and assurance) across local, state, federal and global settings. Although both the PhD and DrPH degrees involve research components, the DrPH focuses on providing leadership to find evidence-based solutions for public health practice versus following narrower lines of research, as is common for the PhD. The DrPH program is grounded in research practice-relevant skills in program evaluation, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, translation, dissemination that are essential for developing and implementing critical public health practice activities. The PhD in Health Promotion Sciences provides students with the skills to work primarily in academic settings to design and test new, theory-driven social and behavioral interventions, often in randomized-controlled trials, to determine their efficacy.
How many credit hours are the certificate, MPH and doctoral programs? How long does it take to complete the degrees?
The certificate program in the Foundations of Public Health requires completion of five courses, totaling 20 units. If admitted, students may apply these 20 units to the formal degree program in public health. MPH students are required to complete 48 semester hours of coursework, including an internship within a public health agency of their choosing. Full-time students (at least 8 units per semester) take one year to complete the certificate program and five semesters to complete the MPH. Students may enroll part-time as well. The PhD program is 72 units which includes coursework, directed research units, a capstone project, qualifying exam and dissertation. The DrPH program also requires 72 units, including coursework, an advanced practicum, qualifying exam and dissertation. Full-time students may complete the doctoral programs in approximately five years.
If I already have a doctoral or master’s degree will I need to complete the same number of course credits to obtain an MPH or Doctoral degrees?
Students who have completed graduate level work prior to enrollment in a doctoral program at CGU may transfer in up to 24 units of coursework. The work must have been completed with at least a grade of “B” at a graduate institution accredited by a regionally accrediting body and must be shown relevant to the degree program. Units from a college or university outside the US are only transferrable if those units were not applied toward the bachelor’s degree equivalency. Decisions about the acceptability of proposed transfer credit are made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. MPH students may transfer in up 10 units of previous graduate coursework.
What if I am pursuing a degree at CGU and want to switch to a degree program within SCGH?
Students may switch into a degree program at SCGH by completing the Certificate/Degree Program Change form available on the CGU registrar’s page. Students can add on the certificate program to a current degree at CGU.
Does SCGH offer any courses online?
No. SCGH does not offer online courses at this time.
Who do I contact for student assistance?
Can I schedule a visit to SCGH?
Yes! We would love for you to pay us a visit. In order to arrange an individual visit to a class or receive more information about our programs, please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions, Paige Piontkowsky, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (909) 607-3240.
What kinds of accreditation does CGU maintain?
Claremont Graduate University maintains accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The MPH Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is current member of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH).
Application Process and Admissions
When is the application deadline?
Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis. Each application is evaluated as it is received. The SCGH maintains priority application deadlines, but will accept applications after these dates. The priority application deadline for fall semester is February 1st and spring semester is November 1st. Students who submit their applications by this deadline will receive priority consideration for financial aid. Final deadlines for admission are January 1st (spring) and August 15st (fall).
How do I apply? How much is the application fee?
You may apply either online or by paper-based application for the PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences. Specific instructions and a checklist can be found at: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/102.asp. Mail all supporting documents in one envelope to:
160 E. Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
There is an $80 application fee. Applicants may submit a check or money order payment to Claremont Graduate University (CGU) with the application packet or pay by credit card at 909-621-8069. Credit card payments can also be made upon electronic submission of the application. Application fee waivers are granted to CGU alumni and Claremont Consortium undergraduates, as well as for McNair Scholars, and Project 1000.
If you are applying for any of the public health programs, Certificate, MPH or DrPH, you will need to submit your application through the SOPHAS portal. SOPHAS is centralized application service for public health provided by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). Individuals will not be required to submit an additional application to CGU directly; submission through the SOPHAS portal is all that is required. Submit your application as soon as the information is complete. Do not wait for SOPHAS to receive transcripts, recommendations or test scores. Please allow up to four weeks for SOPHAS to verify grades, process and mail your application to CGU. SOPHAS requires original transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended (even study abroad). Fees are based upon the number of designations you apply to. SOPHAS grants fee waivers based upon financial need for Peace Corps Volunteers, McNair Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, AmeriCorps, U.S. and International.
What are the application requirements?
Applicants are required to provide CGU with the following items:
Complete application to CGU or online application through SOPHAS
Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
Three letters of Recommendation, at least one from an academic source (two letters for certificate program)
Standardized test Scores, either GRE, GMAT or MCAT (for degree programs only)
Personal statement (included w/application)
Research/work/volunteer/honors experience as evidenced by a resume or curriculum vitae
Can I submit incomplete transcripts since I will graduate after your deadline?
Individuals who are near completion of a baccalaureate (or higher) degree may apply during their final year and submit incomplete transcripts. However, an acceptance is provisional until the applicant’s final transcript, which clearly documents the completion of the degree, is received before registration.
Are there any special requirements for international students?
International students are also required to submit official TOEFL with their application. TOEFL are English proficiency exams administered in the U.S. Additionally, all international transcripts must be evaluated and verified by CGU admissions and through SOPHAS. Upon being admitted into a program international students will also be required to provide addition documents such as a financial verification form and a visa information form.
What are the institutional codes for CGU?
The Institution Code for Claremont Graduate University is 4053.
Do I have to take the TOEFL even though all my course work in my country was conducted in English?
If the primary native language of your country of citizenship is not English you will be required to submit a TOEFL score report. However, if you have earned a degree from an institution within the United States this requirement can be waived.
Can students from unrelated fields of study apply to your programs?
SCGH welcomes applications from students from a variety of fields. However, applicants must be able to articulate a strong interest in the area of public health or health promotion. It is recommended that students pursuing concentrations in public health informatics and applied biostatistics/epidemiology have some previous coursework in computer science and biology/mathematics respectively. Applicants for the DrPH program must possess the minimum of an MPH/MSPH, related U.S. equivalent master’s degree(s) or terminal clinical/doctoral degree from an accredited college or university to be considered for admission. Those without a graduate degree in public health will be required to complete at least one graduate-level course in each of the following five core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, social/behavioral sciences, health services/policy/management and environmental health.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
SCGH prefers references from an undergraduate/graduate advisor, faculty in the major field of study and/or a recent employer. Professional colleagues are acceptable as a third reference, although those listed above are preferred. Certificate program applicants may submit professional letters of recommendation.
Does SCGH require the GRE? What other test scores are acceptable?
SCGH does require that applicants complete and submit scores from an acceptable standardized test. Most students complete the general Graduate Records Exam (GRE). However, for MPH degree applicants, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are also acceptable.
What are the minimum GRE, GPA and TOEFL scores required for acceptance into the program?
Other than a minimum required TOEFL score for international students 550 (paper); 213 (CBT); 80 (iBT) SCGH has a standardized minimum requirements for acceptance into our programs. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a combined GRE score (verbal and quantitative) of 1000 (prior to August 2011) or 297 is preferred; however, it is important to note that the GRE and GPA are evaluated in the context of the overall application. A variety of factors play into the success of a given application. Applicants to the MPH program may be admitted on a conditional basis if either the minimum GPA or test scores are not met.
Can my application be reviewed with a fax or photo copy of my standardized test scores?
CGU will forward your PhD applications to SCGH for review upon receipt of an unofficial copy or fax of your test score report. However, all admissions decisions will remain provisional until official scores are received directly from the administering institution.
If I have previously completed a graduate level degree do I still need to take a standardized test?
Students who have received doctoral degrees from a US institution are exempt from the submission of standardized test scores. All students holding masters level degrees will be required to submit test scores. GRE and GMAT scores more than five years old will not be accepted. MCAT scores are valid for three years.
How do I apply to a dual-degree program?
In addition to applying to SCGH, MPH students interested in pursuing a dual degree must make a separate application to the respective school housing the other degree of choice. Acceptance into one degree program does not ensure acceptance into the other. Both schools will require a separate application. If you are admitted into SCGH and are not admitted to the other school, you may still enroll in SCGH. Applicants to accelerated and dual degrees (i.e., BA/MPH, MBA/MPH, MA/MPH) must apply to the MPH program through the SOPHAS portal.
Can I apply for the spring semester?
Yes, both the MPH and doctoral programs accept spring applicants.
If I am accepted how can I defer my acceptance to the following year? How long may I defer my application?
Applicants have the option to defer their application to be considered for up to a year later than the one to which they originally applied. Applicants can contact the Office of Admission and Records or SCGH to pursue this option. Admission is not guaranteed with a deferred application, even if the applicant was previously admitted.
How can I check on the status of my application?
When Admissions receives your application, they will send you correspondence detailing the status of the documents in your file. If they are missing any items or if have received unofficial copies of an item, they will advise you in writing so you can follow up by submitting official copies. Please allow one week from the receipt of all your application materials in the admissions office to assemble and submit it to SCGH for review. Due to a high volume of mail at the peak of the admission cycle (January – February timeframe), this process may be extended. If you applied through the SOPHAS portal, you should monitor your status in the “my status” section often to ensure all required documents are received and your application is being processed.
Is it possible to take a course at SCGH without enrolling and being accepted into any of the programs?
Yes. Individuals who wish to take courses as a non-degree student may be admitted as a special standing student. Special standing applicants must submit an application, an application fee, and official bachelor’s degree transcripts. Special standing students who later decide to apply for a degree must supply additional application components to be evaluated for admission. Admission to special standing is limited to one academic year/12 units of study. International students in F-1 and J-1 Visa categories are not eligible for a Special Standing admission.
During the summer semester only, interested individuals may take courses at SCGH without the need to obtain admission to the university. To do so, complete a Visiting Student Registration form, available from the Office of Admissions.
Finances and Housing
Does SCGH offer any scholarships, paid internships, or research assistantships? What other forms of financial assistance are available?
SCGH offers departmental aid as well as research assistantships on a competitive basis to incoming and returning students. Need based financial assistance is coordinated through the CGU office of Student Financing. Need-based awards include loans and federal work study. For full information regarding financing your degree please go to: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/1161.asp
How much does it cost to attend SCGH?
The price per unit for the 2016-2017 academic year (summer, fall, and spring semesters) is $1,847.
How much should I expect to pay for books, living expenses and other fees?
The budget Items reflect an average of student expenses per semester. The unit load taken in a semester determines which budget will be used.
Students who have completed all coursework but still have remaining degree requirements enroll in doctoral studies (PhD/DrPH students) or continuous registration (MPH students).
Is there on-campus housing available for CGU students?
On-campus graduate housing is available at CGU. Go to http://www.cgu.edu/pages/1156.asp for more information regarding housing options.
Enrollment and Course Information
How many hours are required to be a full-time student? Are all students required to be full-time?
In order to be considered full-time, a student must be registered for at least 8 units. Domestic students are allowed to attend part time. International students are required to attend full time due to visa stipulations.
If admitted, may I take courses in other schools at CGU?
Yes, you may take courses at other schools within the university with permission from the instructor. You should also check with your faculty academic advisor to verify whether or not the course will apply toward your degree requirements.
Where can I find a schedule of classes offered by SCGH?
Course schedules are available on the CGU and SCGH websites.