Program: M.P.H., Public Health

Community Health Education

Program Description

The mission of the MPH program in Community Health Education is to prepare professional community health educators to enhance the general health and well-being of diverse human populations and communities.

The graduate program in Community Health Education provides advanced study for health educators working in a variety of settings, such as community health agencies, patient education, consumer health advocacy, training and continuing education, organizational development and team building, schools and other positions within public, private and professional settings. This program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The program is designed to enable health educators to meet responsibilities for leadership, supervisory, administrative and consultative roles in these health education settings.

This program is available through one of the CSUN academic colleges or through The Tseng College. The program offered through The Tseng College is entirely funded by student fees and is offered in the cohort format.

Program Requirements

A. For Admission to Conditionally Classified Graduate Status

Applications to the MPH program in Community Health Education are accepted for the Fall semester only. Please see the Department of Health Sciences website for detailed applicant instructions.

The following criteria are used for evaluating applicants to the Community Health Education graduate program:

  1. Overall GPA.
  2. Graduate Record Examination scores for applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0.
  3. Work experience in either health education or a related health field.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. Statement of purpose.
  6. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with a major in Health Science or its equivalent
  7. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for all undergraduate work.
  8. Students not meeting requirement one above may be assigned a program of prerequisites in the Health Sciences. Under certain circumstances, students not meeting requirement two above may be assigned a qualifying program. Specific information concerning prerequisites or qualifying programs may be obtained through consultation with a program graduate advisor.
  9. Students must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the verbal and/or quantitative and/or analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The GRE may be waived with approval for those students who have a minimum of 3.0 GPA overall and in the major, or have a 3.2 GPA in the last 60 units of undergraduate work, or who already have an advanced graduate degree from an accredited school.

B. Advancement from Conditional to Classified Status

Students admitted as conditionally classified must complete all qualifying coursework, GRE and/or UDWPE prior to moving from conditional to fully classified status. In addition:

  1. A GPA of 3.0 or better must be achieved in qualifying coursework.
  2. No more than 12 units of work taken prior to attaining fully classified status will be applied to the master’s program.

Students completing qualifying coursework must meet with their faculty advisor to complete the paperwork to advance from conditional to classified status.

  1. Any student who has not had HSCI 390/L or an equivalent statistics course will be required to take it before advancing to classified status.

C. Requirements for the Degree

The MPH in Community Health Education requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. A minimum grade of “B-” is required for each course; an overall program GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Qualifying Courses: To be determined at advisement.

1. Required Public Health Core Courses (21 units)

EOH 554 Critical Review of the Technical Literature in EOH (3)
HSCI 533 Advanced Concepts of Health Behavior (3)
HSCI 541 Administration, Supervision and Consultation in Public Health (3)
HSCI 587 Seminar: Epidemiology (3)
HSCI 592 Advanced Biostatistics for the Health Sciences (3)
HSCI 693A Supervised Field Training (2)
HSCI 694 Research Design in the Health Science (4)

2. Required Community Health Education Core Courses (9 units)

HSCI 531 Seminar: Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
HSCI 535 Curriculum Development in Health Education (3)
HSCI 538 Seminar: Community Health Action (3)

3. Electives (9 units minimum)

With approval of the graduate advisor, students may take 500- and 600-level courses in such areas of study as Communications, Health Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health, or related areas of interest.

Note: Due to the cohort nature of the program, electives are prescribed for students enrolling though The Tseng College.

HHD 501 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging (3)
HHD 504 Current Issues in Aging (3)
HSCI 510 Systems for Health Delivery in the U.S. (3)
HSCI 511 Health Services Administration Theory and Practice (3)
HSCI 515 Seminar in Healthcare Information Management (3)
HSCI 517 Health Economics and National Health Policy (3)
HSCI 518 Managed Care (3)
HSCI 521 Healthcare Ethics (3)
HSCI 523 Seminar in Healthcare Organization (3)
HSCI 526 Global Women’s Health (3)
HSCI 534 Lactation Education for the Healthcare Professional (3)
HSCI 536 Cultural Issues in Healthcare (3)
HSCI 537 Communications in Health Education (3)
HSCI 539 Current Issues in Public Health (3)
HSCI 540 Grantsmanship for Health and Human Development (3)
HSCI 545 Seminar: Mental Health (3)
HSCI 588 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
HSCI 589 Epidemiology of Common Chronic Diseases (3)
HSCI 591 Quantitative Demography for Health Science (3)
HSCI 595A-Z Experimental Topics Courses (3)
HSCI 693B Field Training (2)
HSCI 699 Independent Study (1-6)

4. Culminating Experience (3 units)

One of the following:
  1. Comprehensive Examination: Student registers for HSCI 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3).
  2. Thesis or Graduate Project: Student registers for HSCI 698C Thesis or Graduate Project (3).

Note: Students in Tseng College cohorts may register only for HSCI 697.

Total Units Required for the M.P.H. Degree: 42

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Chair: Louis Rubino
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2500
(818) 677-4081

Graduate Coordinator: Patty Kwan
(818) 677-6992

Graduate Coordinator: Bethany Rainisch
(818) 677-2341

Online Program
Graduate Coordinator: Sloane Burke
(818) 677-2997

Staff: Jesse Knepper
(818) 677-4415

Staff: Amy Lasser
(818) 677-7707

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education will:

  1. Demonstrate a mastery of public health and health education knowledge and skills, including community health program planning, implementation and evaluation; theories and application of health behavior change assessment and intervention; community organization; curriculum design; administration of health education programs and services; epidemiology; environmental health; research design; and biostatistics.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills necessary for program planning, implementation and evaluation of health education programs in a variety of practice settings.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of public health research methodology, including study design, hypotheses testing, data collection and analysis appropriate for health education practice, and the competent use of computer tools for analysis and presentation.
  4. Demonstrate the professional knowledge necessary to assume staff and leadership positions in the practice of public health education.