California State University, Northridge MPH Program
What Makes CSUN's 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. Students seeking an MPH in the areas of epidemiology, community health and preventative medicine, or other specialty areas of public health should not apply. 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 have become public health educators in:
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.
What financial aid resources are available?
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 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.