Public Health | Osteopathic Medicine

Master of Public Health | Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Recognizing the inherent synergy between osteopathic medicine and public health, and the growing interest among osteopathic medical students to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) concurrently with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), CGU has partnered with Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer this unique dual enrollment program.

CGU’s School of Community and Global Health and the Department of Population Health Science at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) designed the DO/MPH dual enrollment program at CGU for WesternU/COMP students who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the history, organization, philosophy, and theories that undergird public health practice and research. The MPH degree also provides an enhanced appreciation for the myriad social determinants of health, the importance of community-based health promotion interventions and program planning, as well as the complexities of health services delivery.

Program Highlights
  • Designed specifically for DO students at WesternU/COMP to be completed in four years with both degrees conferred simultaneously upon satisfactory completion of all programmatic requirements. The application process has been streamlined and takes minimal time to complete due to coordination and sharing of documents between CGU and WesternU/COMP.
  • Gives you access to the full complement of the MPH program with a choice of three concentrations: Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Health Promotion, Education and Evaluation; and Leadership and Management.
  • Uniquely equips you to impactfully improve the health and well-being of populations and communities.
  • Prepares you to assume leadership positions in non-profit, governmental, advocacy, and other types of organizations both nationally and internationally.

Program At-a-glance

  • 44 units

    required units

  • Master of Public Health | Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

    degree awarded

  • Online


  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 4 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

Areas of Concentration

  • Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology

    Conduct research on the incidence and prevalence of diseases and examine the determinants of health and disease in local, national, and international communities.

  • Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation

    Study how behaviors within environmental contexts, operating at individual, organizational, community, and societal levels, affect health and well-being.

  • Leadership & Management

    Gain an understanding of leadership skills and be able to apply public health principles to health problems in local and international settings.

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Regina Wang Lee

Director of Recruitment for the School of Community & Global Health



  • Portrait of Jessica DeHart

    Jessica Clague DeHart

    Associate 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 Donaldson

    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

  • Portrait of C Anderson Johnson

    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

    Paula Healani Palmer

    Associate Professor of Community and Global Health
    Director of the PhD in Health Promotion Sciences program

    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

  • Portrait of Darleen Peterson

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs

    Research Interests

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

  • Kim Reynolds

    Kim D. Reynolds


    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Alan Stacy

    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

  • Portrait of Bin Xie

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health
    Director of the Applied Biostatistics (MS) program

    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


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

Concentration-Specific Curriculum Maps & Counseling Sheets

Concentration Curriculum Map Counseling Sheet
Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology View ABE Curriculum Map View ABE Counseling Sheet
Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation View HPEE Curriculum Map View HPEE Counseling Sheet
Leadership & Management View LM Curriculum Map View LM Counseling Sheet

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:

  • Electing students, faculty, alumni, and honorary members based on high academic standards and outstanding performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and community service.
  • Connecting students to a vast networking pool of 15,000 members from the top echelons of graduate schools, programs of public health, and the public health community.
  • Opening doors for faculty and students to network and positively impact public health initiatives in the Southern California region.
  • Boosting students’ transition from academic life to professional life.

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 3
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Other Requirements English proficiency exam

Cost & Aid

Program 44 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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