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MPH Program > Curriculum

To encourage students to successfully complete the program (while also working or fulfilling other off-campus responsibilities), the CSUN MPH program allows students to enroll in 2-4 courses per semester. The average student completes the program in 2.5 years, while taking 3 courses a semester. This educational model, which consists of a minimum of 42 units, accommodates the schedules of most students.

If an applicant is accepted with a “Classified” status, it means that they may begin the MPH program without any restrictions. Classified status means they have an undergraduate degree that shows evidence of meeting basic skills and knowledge areas in public health, do not need the GRE, and have passed the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE).

If an applicant is reviewed and accepted into the MPH program, and they do not have an overall GPA<3.0, nor have successfully passed the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). The applicant will be admitted as “Conditionally Classified” and may be required to submit proof of completing the GRE exam with a score of 50% or higher on at least one section; or pass the WPE.

Students are admitted to the MPH program in either the Community Health Education (CHE) or Applied Epidemiology (EPI) concentration. Below is the 42-unit MPH curriculum.

1. Required Public Health Core Courses (21 units)Units
EOH 554MPH Seminar: Environmental and Occupational Health Problems3
HSCI 533 Advanced Concepts of Health Behavior3
HSCI 541 Administration, Supervision and Consultation in Public Health 3
HSCI 587 Seminar: Epidemiology3
HSCI 592 Advanced Biostatistics for the Health Science3
HSCI 693A/C Supervised Field Training2/1
HSCI 694 Research Design3


2. Required Community Health Education Core Courses (9 units)Units
HSCI 531 Seminar: Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation3
HSCI 535 Curriculum Development in Health Education3
HSCI 538 Seminar: Community Health Action 3
2. Required Applied Epidemiology Core Courses (12 units)Units
HSCI 591 Quantitative Demography for Health Science3
HSCI 592A Advanced Biostatistics II3
HSCI 695 Public Health Program Evaluation 3
HSCI 696 Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods 3


3. Community Health Education 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.

3. Applied Epidemiology Electives (6 units minimum)
Choose one of the following:
· HSCI 588 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
· HSCI 589 Epidemiology of Common Chronic Diseases (3)

Select one additional elective. With approval of the graduate advisor, students may take 500- and 600-level courses in areas of study such as Health Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health (e.g., EOH 560: Environmental and Occupational Health Epidemiology), or related areas of interest.

4. Culminating Experience (3 units)
HSCI 698C/D Thesis/Graduate Project (3)