The mission of the MPH program at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is to prepare professionals to play leadership roles in promoting global public health through improved research, practice, policy-making, and system response. The program provides contemporary leadership, education, research, and service in public health, regionally, nationally, and internationally by combining a broad public health foundation with specific training in three specialty areas.
The MPH program represents a valuable link between the University and the community by assessing and addressing specific public health issues in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Both areas have diverse populations and particular academic and health needs which are constantly changing. The city of Claremont and CGU, although part of Los Angeles County, sit on the border between the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, making it a suitable institution to service the academic and public health needs of the Inland Empire and neighboring areas.
The new School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University is uniquely situated at the edge of the Inland Empire, a region of communities in transition. The distinctive challenges faced by these communities are reflected in patterns found globally: The growth of major desert cities and urban sprawl, the public health needs of rural and urban tribal populations in Southern California, akin to those of indigenous peoples in Asia and Latin America, and the difficulties faced by populations in communities confronted with rapid growth, rising chronic disease, environmental degradation, health and economic disparities, public health emergencies, and entry into a global economy.
Assessing and addressing the unique health challenges of these communities in transition serves as a major theme guiding our programs of research, service, education, including the MPH program, at the new School. MPH faculty, staff and students work in partnership with communities, tribes, and the public and private sectors to focus on issues confronting these communities, building on their strengths, developing leadership skills and increasing their capacity to respond to rapidly evolving public health problems. Students gain knowledge in the emerging trends in global health while also honing the skills necessary to be eligible for jobs that employ the majority of graduates in public health.
The three major functions of the program involve instruction, research and service in public health. There are seven goal statements within these three areas.
INSTRUCTION: The first priority as faculty and staff of the MPH program is the education of our students through the development of innovative classroom techniques and exploring fields of scholarly investigation in public health.
Goal 1: To educate qualified individuals for professional careers in public health through the development of an MPH program that prepares them to assess community needs of populations, design, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs to diverse populations.
Objective 1: Maintain a high level of teaching effectiveness where 80% of courses receive a mean rating of 3.5 on student evaluations (1=poor to 5=excellent). Objective 2: Each academic year, at least 90% of students will meet MPH program competencies upon graduation. Objective 3: Each academic year, at least 80% of graduating MPH students will report “agree” or “strongly agree” when indicating their overall satisfaction with the MPH program on the exit survey. Objective 4: Each academic year, at least 80% of graduates will report that MPH program adequately prepared them to practice as a public health professional on the alumni survey. Objective 5: Each academic year, 80% of MPH students will receive a performance rating of at least 4.0 from their internship supervisors (1=below expectation, 3=satisfactory, 5=beyond satisfactory).
Goal 2: To provide an environment conducive to student learning and professional development.
Objective 1: Each academic year, provide financial support for education by offering a tuition discount to all MPH students based upon merit. Objective 2: Each academic year, provide financial support for education by offering a limited number of student research/teaching assistantships (with a stipend) based upon student merit and fund availability. Objective 3: Each academic year, provide funds for MPH students to attend a professional conference in which they have been selected for an oral or poster presentation. Objective 4: Make annual contributions to the MPH student association budget. Objective 5: Each academic year, create an environment where the campus community can thrive by co-sponsoring at least one campus event addressing issues of diversity. Objective 6: Become a chapter of Delta Omega, the professional honor society in public health by 2016. Objective 7: At least 80% of graduates will report satisfaction with class size. Objective 8: At least 80% of graduates will report satisfaction with faculty availability. Objective 9: At least 80% of graduates will report satisfaction with academic advising. Objective 10: At least 80% of graduates will report satisfaction with career advising.
Goal 3: To prepare graduates to practice successfully in diverse public health/social service settings or to pursue advanced professional/academic training.
Objective 1: Maintain a cumulative attrition rate of 10% or less among those students who matriculate per year. Objective 2: Each semester, 90% of students will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Objective 3: Each academic year, maintain a 90% graduation rate. Objective 4: Each year, 2 graduates sit for the CHES exam. Objective 5: Each year, 2 graduates sit for the CPH exam. Objective 6: Eighty percent of graduates will obtain employment in public health or matriculate into an academic/professional degree program within one-year of graduation. Objective 7: Each academic year, at least 80% of preceptors will rate MPH students as “very well prepared” to undertake the tasks required of them during their internship.
Goal 4: Recruit a qualified and diverse student body.
Objective 1: Each academic year, attend at least two recruitment events targeting minority student populations. Objective 2: At least 50% of students accepted into each cohort are minority students. Objective 3: At least 50% of students accepted into each cohort are women. Objective 4: At least 10% of students accepted into each cohort are from outside the U.S. Objective 5: At least 25% of enrolled students will have previous public health experience.
RESEARCH: Research of the highest quality by our faculty and students is fundamental to our mission. Research and teaching are inextricably intertwined such that faculty does more than teach other people’s work, but actively contributor to what is taught, thought, and practiced.
Goal 5: To conduct research that contributes to the identification, management, and resolution of public health problems.
Objective 1: Seventy-five percent of MPH core faculty will have funded research annually. Objective 2: Seventy-five percent of MPH core faculty will publish two peer-reviewed articles annually. Objective 3: Fifty percent of MPH core faculty will conduct at least one presentation at professional meetings annually. Objective 4: Each academic year, at least 2 MPH students will present research projects at professional conferences. Objective 5: Each academic year, at least 5 MPH students will assist faculty on research projects.
SERVICE: The MPH program strives to improve the health status of individuals through community efforts. As a community-practice oriented degree, the program encourages students and faculty to participate in community service through research, consultation and volunteerism.
Goal 6: Encourage faculty, students & staff to participate in service and leadership activities.
Objective 1: At least 50% percent of core faculty will serve on panels/boards or provide technical assistance to community based agencies annually. Objective 2: At least 90% of core faculty will maintain an active membership on School and University committees annually. Objective 3: At least 50% of core faculty will participate in editorial activities for professional journals annually. Objective 4: At least 75% of core faculty will have active leadership and membership in community, national or international professional associations. Objective 5: At least two courses a semester will provide student service opportunities. Objective 6: The MPH Student association will coordinate/participate in two community service events per year. Objective 7: Support at least one alumni appointment on MPH program committees Objective 8: Support at least one current student appointment on MPH program committees Objective 9: At least two MPH students will participate in faculty service or workforce development activities each year.
Goal 7: Improve the skill set of the local public health workforce so it may address issues characteristic of the region.
Objective 1: Conduct ongoing surveys and key informant interviews to assess current and emerging needs of the public health workforce by 2016. Objective 2: Conduct alone or in collaboration with a partner(s) a minimum of one annual training opportunity that will reach local public health professionals. Objective 3: Offer a minimum of one continuing education program per year for CHES/CPH credit for public health professionals in the surrounding service areas (Los Angeles and the Inland Empire). Objective 4: For each continuing education program sponsored by the MPH program, 75% of attendees will report that their learning needs where “very well” or “well” met. Objective 5: Establish a consortium of local MPH programs in the Los Angeles area to collaborate on workforce development assessment and training activities between by 2016.