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Master in Public Health


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), is the choice for those seeking to advance to management levels in the design, implementation, and administration of public health programs and organizations. Our MPH individuals to provide service and leadership within communities. This 2-year program is designed for those who wish to expand their skills, knowledge and expertise within the fields of public and community health. The foundation for the curriculum includes the 5 core areas of public health: health status and determinants of health, public health statistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, and health systems organization and delivery.

Program Director:  Terezie Tolar-Peterson, Ed.D., MS, RDN, CLC, FAND



We are committed to the broad mission of public health, defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as “enhancing health in human populations through organized community effort.”

Our mission is to develop public health professionals who are prepared to assume leadership roles in population-based settings in order to promote, preserve, and restore the health of local and global communities by working to reduce health disparities and generate health equity. Preparation includes development of knowledge and skills to assess community resources and needs; to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs; and to organize and coordinate activities within diverse populations.

Vision and Values

Our vision is to serve as a community resource for promoting public health and to be recognized as a leader in creating health equity and social justice through health education and promotion programs and services in our diverse communities.

Our values serve as a guide in the work we do in the pursuit of effectiveness and excellence in the work of public health. We value:


A respect for all people in global and local communities and to appreciate diverse cultures’ perspectives, and beliefs as we promote population health.


Fairness and social justice in addressing population health.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Using an ecological framework and reasoned debate in collaborative approaches across disciplines to advance scientific knowledge, and improve population health.

Student Centered Learning

A dynamic learning community that fosters engaged learning where students have a voice in the process of their education including practical opportunities for problem solving.


Actions to achieve equitable access to public health, health resources, and public policies.


innovative approaches to educate and inspire faculty and students in teaching, learning, and addressing public health matters.


Honesty and mutual respect in teaching, learning, and public service as we engage students in activities to advance a sense of profession as they assume duties and responsibilities in public health.


Engagement by faculty and students in methods that foster comprehension of the extent of current public health knowledge and the role of research to contribute to future public health knowledge and solutions.


Admissions Criteria

Application to the MPH Program

  • Students are admitted for the Fall semester.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2023 is March 31, 2023 by 11:59pm PDT

For application information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies for key University guidelines.

Applicants must first apply to the University through Cal State Apply.

Next, applicants must submit all Departmental requirements. Please contact program Director for all questions related to admissions.

How to Apply

For application information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies for key University guidelines.

Applicants must first apply to the University through Cal State Apply.

Program Goals & Outcomes

Instructional Goals

  • Goal 1:.1 Sustain an environment of academic rigor by ensuring faculty are teaching effectively  
  • Goal 1.2: Design, implement, and evaluate a competency and practice-based academically rigorous program to ensure all program students are prepared to assume public health related jobs.

Research Goals

  • Goal 2: Foster an environment for faculty exploration of public health research in order to prepare students to conduct ethically-based public health research

Service Goals

  • Goal 3: Promote active involvement and strengthen relationships between the program faculty, students, and public health workforce in the service area.
Program Curriculum

Below is what you should always enroll in, as a cohort:

Year 1 Fall

HSCI 6200; HSCI 6240; and HSCI 6250

Year 1 Spring

HSCI 6230; HSCI 6260; HSCI 6410 + Internship if located one [HSCI 6954]

Year 2 Fall

HSCI 6210; HSCI 6220 + Internship if located one [HSCI 6954] + Thesis [6974] or Project [6960]

Year 2 Spring

HSCI 6280; HSCI 6390 + Internship if located one [HSCI 6954] + Thesis [6974] or Project [6960]

Requirements for Graduation

Advancement to candidacy for the degree and approval of the specific program of study;

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better, in all graduate course work fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Public Health and grades of “B” (3.0) or better in all coursework;

A minimum of 42 semester units of approved graduate-level coursework included in the formal program, with at least half of the units required for the degree gained from 6000-level courses in Health Science and Human Ecology (HSCI), a minimum of 30 units must be completed at this university;

Completion of all program requirements, including culminating experience;

The Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement is met by completion of a program-specific course in consultation with an advisor.

Degree Requirements (42 units)

(Program Code: PHLT)

Core courses (34)

HSCI 6200 Professional Development and Leadership in Public Health

HSCI 6210 Advanced Biostatistics for Public Health

HSCI 6220 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology

HSCI 6230 Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health

HSCI 6240 Advanced Study in Health Promotion

HSCI 6250 Advanced Topics in Public Health Policy and Administration

HSCI 6260 Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation

HSCI 6280 Grant Writing for Health Sciences

HSCI 6390 Advanced Professional Development and Leadership in Public Health

HSCI 6410 Project Preparation

Electives (4)

Four units chosen from:

HSCI 6300

Global Health

HSCI 6310

Health Education Practice

HSCI 6320

Advanced Topics in Epidemiological Methodology

HSCI 6330

Advanced Topics in Health Science and Human Ecology

HSCI 6340

Information Literacy in Public Health

HSCI 6350

Infectious Disease Burden in US

HSCI 6360

Qualitative Methods in Public Health

HSCI 6370

Survey Design in Public Health

HSCI 6380

Maternal Child Health

HSCI 6400

Health Science Data Science

Integrated Learning Experience Options (4)

Total Units 42

Integrated Learning Experience 

Choose one of the following:

HSCI 6960


HSCI 6974


Total Units 4

Applied Practice Experience

Must be Completed by ALL students:

HSCI 6954

Total Units 4

Students complete an integrative learning experience that demonstrates a synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. In consultation with the program director and faculty, students select specific competencies appropriate for students' educational and professional goals. 


Career Opportunities

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the field of public health. The MPH degree provides advanced knowledge and skills in areas such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, environmental health, and health promotion. Here are some career paths you can consider with an MPH degree:

  1. Epidemiologist: MPH graduates can work as epidemiologists who study the patterns and causes of diseases in populations. They collect and analyze health data, investigate outbreaks, and contribute to public health interventions and policies.
  2. Health Policy Analyst: MPH graduates can work as health policy analysts who assess and analyze public health policies. They evaluate the impact of policies on populations, conduct research, and make recommendations to improve health systems and policies.
  3. Biostatistician: MPH graduates with a strong quantitative background can work as biostatisticians. They analyze health data, design research studies, and contribute to the interpretation of research findings to inform public health interventions.
  4. Public Health Program Manager: MPH graduates can work as program managers in public health organizations or government agencies. They oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, ensuring their effectiveness and efficiency.
  5. Health Educator: MPH graduates can work as health educators who develop and implement health education programs. They design interventions to promote healthy behaviors, conduct community outreach, and educate individuals and communities on health-related topics.
  6. Environmental Health Specialist: MPH graduates with a focus on environmental health can work as environmental health specialists. They assess and manage environmental factors that can impact public health, such as air and water quality, occupational health, and hazardous substances.
  7. Global Health Specialist: MPH graduates can work in global health, addressing health issues at an international level. They may work on projects related to infectious diseases, maternal and child health, health system strengthening, or emergency response in various countries or with international organizations.
  8. Public Health Researcher: MPH graduates can pursue research careers in public health. They can work in academic institutions, research organizations, or government agencies, conducting research to generate new knowledge and evidence for public health interventions.
  9. Healthcare Administrator: MPH graduates with a focus on healthcare management can work as administrators in healthcare organizations. They oversee the operations, finances, and policies of healthcare facilities, ensuring the delivery of quality care and effective public health programs.
  10. Public Health Consultant: MPH graduates can work as consultants, providing expertise and guidance on public health issues. They may work with organizations, governments, or communities to develop strategies, evaluate programs, and provide recommendations for improving public health outcomes.

These are just a few examples of the diverse career opportunities available to MPH graduates. The field of public health offers a wide range of settings, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, healthcare facilities, and international organizations. Your specific career path will depend on your interests, skills, and the specialization within public health that you choose to pursue during your MPH program.



Bachelors Masters CEPH Accredited

The CEPH Board of Councilors acted at its March 5-6, 2023 meeting to accredit the California State University, San Bernardino Public Health Program for a seven-year term, with an interim report due in winter 2024. The accreditation term extends until July 1, 2030.

If you would like a copy of the Accreditation decision report or final self-study, please email Amber Olney at

Professional Organizations


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