Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the CSUN MPH program unique?

The MPH Program at CSUN is a community-based professional program. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in health education or a related field. CSUN's MPH program has an eclectic student population, which brings together the experiences of health professionals from many different health areas. The MPH combines a set of required courses in accordance with CEPH (Council on Education in Public Health) guidelines, fulfilling required courses and options for electives to gain depth and focus in specific fields. The CSUN MPH Program is designed for those seeking training in Public Health Education.

How long does it take to complete the MPH program?

The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study, the last of which would be completion of a thesis/graduate project or comprehensive exam .  Part time students may require as many as six to eight semesters to complete the program.

What can I do with an MPH?

The professional opportunities open to students completing the MPH degree are extremely varied and are significantly impacted by their prior training.  As a mid-career program, the MPH training at CSUN typically achieves the following:

  • Enhances prior training,
  • Provides new sets of skills, and
  • Enables students to enter new careers or opportunities.

Recent graduates now have responsibilities for pubic health prevention, education, and preventive medicine programs in:

  • Hospitals,
  • Public and mental health programs,
  • Health maintenance organizations,
  • Long-term care facilities,
  • Business and industry, and
  • Universities and community colleges.

Still others have taken on responsibilities for:

  • Directorships of public health programs,
  • Advisors to state elected legislators, and
  • Public health consulting.

If I have taken public health/health education courses at another university, may I transfer the units to CSUN MPH degree program once I have been admitted?

Each individual student's academic record is individually reviewed. Graduate level courses that can be verified to be equivalent to CSUN MPH course work will be seriously considered toward fulfillment of the degree requirements. Up to nine transfer units may be included as part of the graduate course work. Students may petition to waive a course if they feel the course would repeat material they have already learned in a prior course. Such petitions are reviewed by the faculty member teaching the course, and by the MPH program director. Students should have a copy of the description of the prior course, a copy of the syllabus, and evidence of course completion on an official transcript.  If permission to waive is granted, students then have the opportunity to replace the course with one of our many electives.

What is the difference between the Community Health Education and Applied Epidemiology concentrations?

The MPH in Community Health Education trains students to identify and assess the needs of the communities; plan, implement and evaluate programs to address these needs. This MPH also develops skills to become a certified health education specialist, to develop curriculum in health education, and create public health programs aimed at improving quality of life and health within communities. 

The MPH in Applied Epidemiology trains students in how epidemiologic evidence informs public health practice, how to design epidemiologic studies, identify risk factors, collect and analyze data using appropriate methodologies, use statistical software and evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic investigations and incorporate into study interpretations and implications.

Is the MPH program accredited?

Yes, the CSUN's MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Initial accreditation was awarded on October 20, 2011 for a seven-year term, extending to December 31, 2018. More information on our accreditation can be found online at

Are MPH classes offered online?

Our traditional MPH program requires students to attend class in person. Some classes may be hybrid (half online and half in-person), but the overwhelming majority are in-person. CSUN also offers a separate MPH program that is completely online through Tseng. You can find more information about this program here:

Do you offer financial aid? Stipends? Grants?

Information about Cal Grants, State University Grants, EOP Grants, and graduate fellowships can be located at the California Student Aid Commission Web site. Scholarships applications can be filed via the CSUN Scholarships Web site.

Our MPH program does offer some graduate research assistance positions. These are promoted to students throughout the year, and are attained on a first come first serve basis via applications. 

Graduate students are also encouraged to apply to CAMINO, which provides students paid research opportunities. You can learn more about CAMINO here:

For financial aid information, please call the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department at 818-677-4085. You can also visit their website at

Financial opportunities for CSUN graduate students can also be found on the Graduate Studies website. 

When do you accept applications?

The application deadlines may change from year to year, so please refer to our admissions page for more information.
The application for Fall 2016 will be open on October 12, 2015 and end on March 4, 2016.  Students begin the program only in the Fall semester. 

Do you offer advisement appointments or information sessions?

We hold information sessions each Fall semester. The current dates can be found on the website. You are always welcome to call, email or visit us with any questions you may have pertaining to applying to our program.

Do you have Spring admissions?

No, we only offer Fall admissions. 

Do you have print materials that cover this information?

Prospective students can view our MPH brochure and information sheet on the main MPH website here:

Do you have any pre-requisite course requirements?

No, the program does not require any specific coursework before applying.

To be considered for admission to the MPH program, applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college, prior to Fall 2016. While a major in public health or health-related field is preferred, other majors will be considered for admission.

Is the GRE required in order to apply?

All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) below a 3.0 are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Applicants must pass one of the three sections on the GRE by receiving a score in the fiftieth percentile on the verbal or quantitative portions, or a 4.5 or above in the analytical writing portion of the GRE. For students accepted into the MPH Program, the GRE must be taken prior to submission to the program and submitted to CSUN's Admissions and Records department to be included in their application. For information and registration please go to

Does the MPH program have a field internship?

Yes, students are required to complete 400 hours of internship in the field with an approved community partner. Students typically begin their internship the start of their second year.

Do I have to complete a Thesis?

Students have the option to complete the Comprehensive Exam or a Thesis. The majority of students take the Comprehensive Exam the semester they plan to graduate. Those who elect to complete a Thesis generally spend an additional one to two years in the program, extending the program to possibly four years.

What is the average cost of the MPH program?

The cost of the MPH program depends on the number of units taken each semester. Please see the CSUN Tuition and Fees website for more information.