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 three concentrations: Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation; Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology; or Leadership & Management.
  • Six core courses include Foundation of Health Promotion and Education, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Services in the U.S. and Abroad, and Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
  • 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

48 units

2 years

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. 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.

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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.

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 315
Applied Geospatial Epidemiology

Introduces how GIS can be used to map and analyze the geographic distribution of populations at risk of disease, health outcomes, and risk factors; explore associations between risk factors and health outcomes; and identify communities in greatest need of targeted public health interventions.

CGH 320
Campaigning & Community Organizing for Public Health

Examines how to mobilize the right people at the right time, with the right demands to change public policies to promote health.

Areas of Concentration



Core Courses
Theoretical Foundations in Health Education & Promotion
Health Services in the US and Abroad
Environmental & Occupational Health
Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development
Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Supervised Field Training in Public Health
Public Health Capstone

Concentration Specific Courses
Foundations of Program Planning
Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Public Health Programs
Curriculum & Materials Development
Campaigning & Community Organizing for Public Health
Data Analysis (SAS)
Research Methods in Public Health
Emerging Chronic & Infectious Diseases Worldwide
Applied Geospatial Epidemiology
Public Health Leadership for the 21st Century
Ethics, Human Rights & Cultural Diversity
Management of International Health Programs & Organizations
Health Advocacy

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

  • Jessica Clague DeHart profile image

    Jessica Clague DeHart

    Assistant Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, chronic disease, cancer etiology, cancer survivorship, molecular and genetic epidemiology, lifestyle intervention trials, exercise, nutrition, quality of life, community-based interventions

  • 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

  • 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 Healani Palmer profile image

    Paula Healani Palmer

    Associate Professor of Community and Global Health

    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, MPH, and DrPH programs, and
    Interim Director of the PhD in Health Promotion Sciences program

    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

    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

  • 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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