Frequently Asked Questions About the School of Community & Global Health
The School of Community and Global Health (SCGH) offers a certificate in the Foundations of Public Health intended for various audiences, including allied working professionals and students in affiliated graduate programs in the Claremont University Consortium.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is available with four areas of concentration:
- Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation
- Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology
- Leadership & Management
- Health Informatics.
Students may also pursue approved dual degrees in Business Administration and Public Health (MBA/MPH) with the Drucker School of Management as well as Applied Psychology and Public Health (MA/MPH) with the Department of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences.
Students may pursue individually created dual-degree programs with direction from the associate dean for academic affairs. Students from The Claremont Colleges may work simultaneously toward their undergraduate degrees and a Master of Public Health degree with completion of both degrees in five years.
SCGH also offers two doctoral programs: a PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences and a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH).
The MPH is a professional degree with a greater orientation toward practice in a public health setting. Graduates obtain careers as practitioners in traditional health departments, managed care organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, consulting firms, international agencies, state and federal agencies, among others.
The PhD in Health Promotion Sciences is an academic degree that is more research oriented and quantitatively based than the MPH program. As such, the PhD program prepares students for careers in academics and research.
The focus of the DrPH program is on leadership in public health practice, giving it a distinct identity from the PhD degree. In contrast to the PhD degree, the DrPH places greater emphasis on evidence-based practice to execute the three core public health functions (assessment, policy development, and assurance) across local, state, federal, and global settings.
Although both the PhD and DrPH degrees involve research components, the DrPH focuses on providing leadership to find evidence-based solutions for public health practice versus following narrower lines of research, as is common for the PhD. The DrPH program is grounded in research practice-relevant skills in program evaluation, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, translation, and dissemination that are essential for developing and implementing critical public health practice activities. The PhD in Health Promotion Sciences provides students with the skills to work primarily in academic settings to design and test new, theory-driven social and behavioral interventions, often in randomized-controlled trials, to determine their efficacy.
The certificate program in the Foundations of Public Health requires completion of five courses, totaling 20 units. If admitted, students may apply these 20 units to the formal degree program in public health.
MPH students are required to complete 48 semester hours of coursework, including an internship with a public health agency of their choosing. Full-time students (at least 8 units per semester) take one year to complete the certificate program and five semesters to complete the MPH. Students may enroll part-time.
The PhD program is 72 units, which includes coursework, directed research units, a capstone project, qualifying exam, and dissertation. The DrPH program also requires 72 units, including coursework, an advanced practicum, qualifying exam, and dissertation. Full-time students may complete the doctoral programs in approximately five years.
Students who have completed graduate-level work prior to enrollment in a doctoral program at CGU may transfer in up to 24 units of coursework. The work must have been completed with at least a grade of B at a graduate institution accredited by a regionally accrediting body and must be shown as relevant to the degree program.
Units from a college or university outside the United States are transferable only if those units were not applied toward the bachelor’s degree equivalency. Decisions about the acceptability of proposed transfer credit are made by the associate dean for academic affairs.
MPH students may transfer in up 10 units of previous graduate coursework.
Students may switch into a degree program at SCGH by completing the Certificate/Degree Program Change form available on the CGU Registrar’s page. Students can add the certificate program to a current degree at CGU.
SCGH offers departmental aid as well as research assistantships on a competitive basis to incoming and returning students.
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Claremont Graduate University maintains accreditation through the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The MPH and DrPH Programs are accredited through 2024 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a current member of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH).