The Master of Arts in Health Evaluation provides unique training in health, methods, statistics, and evaluation, preparing you to develop, study, and evaluate health interventions.

This distinctive program examines the theoretical underpinning of public health while providing the technical skills that allow you to evaluate the effectiveness of current and future health interventions. Curriculum balances public health-related content and concepts with rigorous methodological and statistical training in the “logic of evaluation,” enabling you to systematically assess health-related programs and policies. You’ll conduct research alongside renowned faculty from CGU’s distinguished School of Community & Global Health and its Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences. Our program builds strong core competence in epidemiologic and public health principles, positioning graduates for careers at managed care and other health provider organizations, mental health departments, and federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Program Highlights
  • Proximity to local health departments in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties provides employment and educational opportunities for students.
  • The Claremont Symposium Series brings together leading experts from around the world to discuss cutting edge topics in applied psychological science. Recent topics include Cultural Neuroscience in Translation, Sexual Orientation, Psychological Science, and Social Policy and Diversity Science: Emerging Perspectives for the 21st Century.

Program at a Glance

48 units

2 years

Fall | Spring

MA in Health Evaluation

Featured Courses

CGH 302

Provides an overview of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations and the skills and knowledge to investigate the epidemiology of a specific disease or other health-related phenomenon.

CGH 313
Research Methods in Public Health

Examines the principles and skills of conducting behavioral research and using qualitative and quantitative approaches commonly relied upon in public health settings.

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 303
Health Services in the U.S. & Abroad

Analyzes the health care delivery system to understand contemporary issues affecting the health of the American and international public and the institutions that provide health services to protect health.

Applied Multiple Regression

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

Comparative Evaluation Theory

Provides basic understanding of prevalent evaluation theories, systems for categorizing these theories, the process of theory development in evaluation, and more.


Core Health Courses (16 units)
CGH 302 Epidemiology (4 units)
CGH 303 Health Services in the U.S. & Abroad (4 units)
CGH 310 Foundations in Global Health (4 units)
CGH 313 Research Methods in Public Health (4 units)

Research & Statistical Methods (8 units)
Psych 308a: Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
Psych 308b: Analysis of Variance (2 units)
Psych 308c: Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
Psych 308d: Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)

Theory & Evaluation Courses (14 units)
Psych 315b: Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
Psych 315z: Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
Psych 354b: Evaluation Procedures (4 units)
Psych 339 Health Behavior Theory (4 units)

Elective Courses
Students are required to take an additional 10 units of related coursework from the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences following an approved plan of study.

In the Field Opportunities
Under the supervision of professionals with expertise in your particular areas of interest, you can participate in fieldwork, research, and paid internships at a range of corporations and organizations, including:

• Southern California Edison Company
• Kaiser Permanente
• Orange County Rapid Transit District
• Riverside County Department of Mental Health
• Claremont Evaluation Center
• Institute for Research on Social Issues

Faculty & Research

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Distinguished University Professor
    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Executive Director, The Evaluators' Institute (TEI)

    Research Interests

    Positive Organizational Psychology, Health/Well-Being & Positive Functioning Across Cultures, Program Design & Re-Design, Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Measurement & Evaluation

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

    The Evaluators’ Institute

  • Eusebio Alvaro profile image

    Eusebio Alvaro

    Full Research Professor

    Research Interests

    Social Influence Processes, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention & Medicine

  • Tarek Azzam profile image

    Tarek Azzam

    Senior Visiting Fellow

    Research Interests

    Social Research and Methodologies, Policy & Program Evaluations, Data Visualization and Evaluation

  • Tiffany Berry profile image

    Tiffany Berry

    Full Research Professor

    Research Interests

    Educational Program Evaluation, K–12 Educational Curricula, Comprehensive School Reform

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

  • C. Anderson Johnson profile image

    C. Anderson Johnson

    Founding Dean, School of Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Transnational prevention of tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse, HIV-AIDS, and obesity; Community-based substance abuse prevention; Social and environmental influences on health; Community and mass media approaches to health

  • Paula Palmer profile image

    Paula Palmer

    Associate Professor of Global Health
    Director, Global Health Programs

    Research Interests

    Determinants of health among ethnically diverse populations; Community-based participatory research among under-served, underrepresented populations; Health of Pacific Islanders and South Asians; Technology applications for health behavior interventions; Tobacco control, mental health, disaster management, health of migrants and indigenous peoples; Maternal and child health

  • Darleen V. Peterson profile image

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate and MPH Programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education

  • Kim D. Reynolds profile image

    Kim D. Reynolds


    Research Interests

    Nutrition and physical activity, Health promotion and disease prevention, Diabetes and obesity

  • Alan Stacy profile image

    Alan Stacy


    Research Interests

    Application of theories and methods of human memory; Cognitive neuroscience and social cognition to health behavior: etiology, prevention, and media effects; Translation of basic research to field research, high-risk populations, and prevention; Validation issues in assessment

  • Bin Xie profile image

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Obesity prevention; Tobacco control; Diet, physical activity, body image in adolescents; Psychological adjustment to obesity; Diabetes and cancer; Application of statistical analysis in prevention research

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