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The dual Master of Arts in Applied Psychology and Master of Public Health provides broad-based scholarship on health-relevant behaviors, as well as program development, evaluation, and research skills that are applicable in a wide range of public health settings.

Offered jointly with the School of Community and Global Health, this distinctive track of study explores how social science knowledge, concepts, and methods—particularly in applied psychology—impact public health practice. Students earn both an MA in Applied Psychology and an MPH, giving them the necessary expertise to conduct research concerning behavioral risk factors and to evaluate behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes among diverse populations. With emphasis in both research and practice, the program explores the political, historical, economic, and social dimensions of health promotion and health services delivery. You’ll be guided by leading faculty-scholars from the social sciences and public health sectors toward this specialized degree.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

76 units

2.5–3.5 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences
School of Community & Global Health

MA in Psychology, Master of Public Health

Featured Courses

Health Behavior Program Development

Considers various health behaviors that can be potentially targeted for change and reviews approaches to intervention and program development.

PSYCH 351q
Applied Developmental Psychology

Examines the applications of developmental theory and research to contemporary social issues that impact the healthy development and well-being of children and families.

Applied Multiple Regression

Explores bivariate and multivariate correlation and regression with an emphasis on applications of multiple regression to data analysis.

CGH 310
Foundations of Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding key public health challenges that transcend local and national boundaries and require collaborative solutions.

CGH 314
Emerging Chronic & Infectious Diseases Worldwide

Provides an overview of the causative factors and demographic distribution of the major chronic and infectious diseases in the world, focusing on epidemiologic concepts, methods, and research design.

CGH 308
Foundations of Program Planning

Develops skills for assessing community needs for health promotion; preparing written measurable health promotion program objectives with associated methods for achieving those objectives; designing health promotion program action plans that include implementation schemes; and evaluation strategies for measuring health program process, impact, and outcome effectiveness.

Areas of Concentration


Clinical Experience

Gain practical, hands-on experience in public and community health through a required internship at one of many agencies and organizations, such as:

Featured Research

Action Plans & Memory Consolidation: Reducing HIV Risk in Drug Users
CGU students and faculty in the School of Community & Global Health are conducting an ongoing study that experimentally evaluates short-term prospective effects of new interventions on preventive behaviors (condom use and HIV/hepatitis testing) and underlying basic processes in a large sample of drug offenders. Drawing on a large body of basic research on memory, decision making, and neural systems, the project seeks to discover whether cognitive science interventions show superior effects on preventive behavior over more traditional interventions.

Faculty & Research

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