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Certificate in Health Equity & Health Disparities

The Certificate in Health Equity and Health Disparities is an interdisciplinary academic credential that provides a background in the social and behavioral determinants of health. Those who complete the certificate will have enhanced skills and knowledge to enable them, as citizens in their communities, to generate health equity and reduce health disparities.

Courses in this program are designed to:

  • Prepare graduates to participate in community planning and action
  • Affect community social, political, and economic factors that affect the way people live, their consequent chance of illness, and their risk of premature death.
  • Advance the capacity of local organizations to tackle the root causes of health inequities through action, their organizational structure, policy and law.
  • Help students to engage in research that will enhance the understanding of the causes, processes, consequences and prevention of health disparities
  • Enhance career opportunities for students
  • Prepare students for graduate school applications and scholarship opportunities

View details on the certificate here.

Meet alumni of the certificate program! 

We plan to highlight one of our alumni from the certificate program.

Maylen Jackson a recent MPH graduate from California State University of San Bernardino (CSUSB) is an accreditation consultant for the Health Science and Human Ecology Department’s Public Health Programs where she reviews compliance standards to keep the Public Health Programs accredited. Ms. Jackson also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Health Science Department and serves for the Public Health Department in the Communicable Disease Department where she does research, develops program proposals, evaluates programs and reviews department policy. Previously to this Ms. Jackson was the Social Media Coordinator (for the Health Science Department) where she promoted professional development opportunities, jobs and posted department events for Students and alumni while she volunteered for the Latino Caucus for Public Health in the fundraising department.

 During her undergraduate degree Ms. Jackson was awarded department honors and had the opportunity to participate in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) an internship that provides hands on experience for students. This internship allowed her to work in the Veterans Health Administration in Syracuse, New York in the behavioral health department and to work on lean process and assist in reducing the missed opportunities for Veterans. During her Master of Public Health Program, she was the winner and was awarded the outstanding graduate student award from The College of Natural Science. Furthermore, her natural leadership skills have led her to opportunities to plan, organize, and implement two National Public Health Week events at CSUSB during her Undergrad academic years and Master’s Program. Ms. Jackson’s Veteran research has been published in the Journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Her most recent research on Food Insecurity in prescription delay was recently published in the Journal of Asthma.

 Ms. Jackson’s professional work at American Lung Association has led her to teach children, and adults on many of the preventable health topics affecting our communities in the Inland Empire. Her work has led parents and city council officials to understand why certain preventable changes need to happen in their communities. Her bi-lingual abilities have led her to teach parents in Spanish on topics such as tobacco prevention, and traffic safety, and other important health topics. 

"The Health Disparities Certificate has given me the tools and knowledge necessary to apply what I learned in class to real job experiences for example assessing the population and its multi-faceted factors when considering proposing a Syringe Exchange Program in the Public Health Field."-Maylen Jackson

Maylen Jackson, MPH










Maylen Jackson passed away in May 2020. She is remembered for her perseverance and dedication to addressing health disparites. 


Previous highlights:

Fall 2019-Winter 2020: 

Athena Montiel has a passion for helping others and to help meet the needs of the community. She graduated with a B.S in Health Science with concentration in Public Health Education in 2016 and a Master's in Public Health (MPH) in 2018 from California State University, San Bernardino. She was an intern at the Community Hospital of San Bernardino's Health Education Center and stayed on as a health education assistant for about a year and a half. She was able to grow and gain perspective in the public health field here. She also created and implemented two classes at the center: Yuck to Yum (nutrition for children) and Diabetes Friendly Foods. She then moved on to be an outreach coordinator for an anti-human trafficking program called The Open Door, which is part of a larger non-profit organization called Family Assistance Program that serves San Bernardino County. She's been working here for two years now and enjoys helping this population. She's currently in charge of Spanish presentations, advocacy trainings, donations, resources, and volunteers. 

Athena Montiel

"I found the Health Equity Certificate to be useful in my career so far because it has allowed me to truly understand the health disparities that some individuals face and how to help minimize the gap that they face, so that their needs are met." - Athena Montiel