The Master of Public Health (MPH) program educates students and health professionals in the application of health promotion and disease prevention technologies and interventions to improve and enhance quality of life.

Through an innovative, experiential, and interdisciplinary approach to public health education, MPH students gain a solid foundation in the core areas of public health knowledge while developing expertise in a specific area of practice. You will bring theory and practice to life in real-world settings through our program’s required internship, assessing the unique public health challenges posed by transitioning local communities in Southern California’s Inland Empire. This experience will guide your research, service, and education. Alongside expert faculty, you will collaborate with communities, tribes, and public and private sectors on solutions to major health challenges, expanding their capacities to respond to rapidly evolving public health problems and developing your own leadership potential. You will gain knowledge of emerging trends in global health care and hone skills that prepare you for a wide array of positions in public health, including data management, environmental health, health education, and research.

The Master of Public Health degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership in public health.

Program Highlights
  • Our program features a critical internship component that gives you structured and supervised field experience with a county, state, federal, or community-based public health agency.
  • Choose from of one of several concentrations: Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation; Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology; or Leadership & Management.
  • Five core courses include Foundation of Health Promotion and Education, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Health Services in the U.S. and Abroad.
  • The SCGH Student Association provides opportunities for leadership and impact through intellectual, social, and cultural contributions that meet the needs of MPH students through community service, dialogue, and special events.
  • You can pursue the master of public health in conjunction with another degree program, such as an MA in Applied Women’s Studies. You earn a diploma for each degree, and with sharing across programs decreases your required total units.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
48 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2016–2017: $1,847

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEGREE AWARDED
Master of Public Health

Featured Courses

CGH 309
Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Health Programs

Introduces the language and theory of program evaluation to undertake your own evaluation, including evaluation research questions, data collection methodologies, and more.

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.

IST 382
Health Geoinformatics

Examines how technology can assist in discovering and eliminating disease, in disease prevention and health promotion for community health, and in health care service planning and delivery.

CGH 317
Ethics, Human Rights & Cultural Diversity

Explores ethical principles in the distribution of health resources, the conduct of global public health research, and the implementation of public health initiatives and practices across different nations, cultures and religions.

CGH 319
Current Issues in Global Public Health

Reviews emerging trends, lessons learned, best practices, and critical factors in the successful implementation, leadership, and support of expanded health responses at local, national, and international levels.

Areas of Concentration

 

Pacific Rim Global Health Framework

The Pacific Rim Global Health Framework consortium brings together CGU students and faculty and partner institutions in the U.S., India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Thailand. The project’s goal: to promote the study of global health and to collaborate on the development of state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary scientific training that leads to the reduction of chronic, non-communicable diseases. The project offers multidisciplinary training for SCGH master’s and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, presenting opportunities for collaboration between students and faculty from all nations involved in this ongoing research.

Networking Opportunities

With more than 80 chapters throughout the world, the Delta Epsilon chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at CGU opens up numerous academic and professional opportunities for SCGH students, including:

Faculty & Research

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Dean, School of Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Positive organizational psychology, Theory-driven evaluation, Organizational and career development, Health and well-being

  • Susan L. Ames profile image

    Susan L. Ames

    Associate Professor of Community & Global Health & Psychology
    Director, PhD Program

    Research Interests

    Dual process models of addictive behaviors; Neurobiological systems and brain structures associated with appetitive behaviors; Mediation in neurocognitive processes in addictive behaviors; Etiology of habits among at-risk populations; New prevention and risk reduction strategies for addictive behaviors

  • Alan Stacy profile image

    Alan Stacy

    Professor
    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    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

  • Kim D. Reynolds profile image

    Kim D. Reynolds

    Professor

    Research Interests

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

  • 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

    Associate 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

  • C. Anderson Johnson profile image

    C. Anderson Johnson

    Professor
    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

  • Paul Torrens profile image

    Paul Torrens

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Health care management, Health care policy, Health care organization and finances

  • Bin Xie profile image

    Bin Xie

    Associate 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

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Study Abroad

From China to India to Botswana, partnership programs between Claremont Graduate University and several institutes of higher learning give School of Community & Global Health students ample opportunity to study public health issues abroad. Study abroad programs put students into new health care contexts that help shape the way they think about health care innovation. SCGH students can work with NGOs, hospitals, and more in the following locations:

Argentina
Botswana
Brazil
Chile
China

Cuba
Denmark
Dominican Republic
India
Jamaica

Peru
South Africa
Switzerland
Thailand
United Kingdom

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