Student Opportunities

Study Abroad in Mexico: Sí Se Puede

The course, “Linking Latino Health and Culture in the Contemporary Yucatán Peninsula”, is a unique opportunity to learn about factors affecting health and cultural expression in Mayan communities. Students will take classes at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida, followed by visits to biocultural reserves, Caribbean beaches, and UNESCO world heritage sites.

Who is eligible to participate?

Graduate and undergraduate students in all majors.  Fulfills GE capstone credit for undergraduates. Counts as independent study for graduates.

Dates:  August 3-August 14, 2014 (Summer Session)

Deadline to register: July 25, 2014

Cost Include: $1200 + Airfare, Tuition $897, Insurance $99

Registration: Register Online or call Maryan Santa Cruz (562) 985-5312

Course Information: Undergrad – HSC 420 International Health – HSC 420 Section 02 (11283)
Graduate – HSC 590 Independent Studies

How do I apply? 

Flight scholarships are available for students receiving credit and in need of financial assistance. Please contact Maryan Santa Cruz: maryan.santacruz@csulb.edu or call (562) 985-5312 to RSVP or for more information.

Register Online


Undergrad Mentee Opportunities

Mentee Description: 

As a first generation-educated Latino undergraduate student, mentees will be assigned to a graduate mentor fellow in order to develop a mutual partnership to enhance their readiness for graduate or professional level degrees and research opportunities addressing health disparities.

Mentee Benefits: 

  • 10 hrs/week of one-on-one mentoring & tutoring for undergraduate courses specific to major
  • Monthly health disparities research seminars and training
  • Support for abstract submission and graduate admissions
  • Participation in annual CSULB “Latino Health Equity” conference
  • Semester stipend (contingent on active participation)

H2OLA Mentee application is available for download or at the Foundation Building 125, or by emailing Angel Torres at: angel.torres@csulb.edu 

Download H2OLA Mentee application


Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies

Valuable Training for Health Professionals

As health care costs continue to rise and the need to address preventable chronic diseases becomes increasingly important, the U.S. has a dire shortage of well-trained, culturally competent, health and human service professionals who can meet the needs of our underserved Latino populations. Already at alarming proportions, obesity rates continue to skyrocket  - as does the incidence of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Health professionals and community organizations need strategies to promote the creation of healthy environments and obesity-related chronic diseases. This includes access to fresh and healthy foods, safe spaces for physical activity, advocacy and training, and involvement in research that honors and appreciates community resilience and values.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training has responded to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action by creating an opportunity for graduate students to receive specialized training in Latino-specific nutrition and health promotion. The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies will prepare students with skills in community-based participatory research, intervention development, and advocacy to create effective strategies for sustained and positive health outcomes.

California State University Long Beach is the second largest university in California, and has a richly diverse student population. The College of Health & Human Services offers fully accredited master’s degrees in public health, social work, physical therapy, health care administration, nutrition science, food science, gerontology, family and consumer sciences, health sciences, nursing, communicative disorders, criminal justice, public administration, recreation administration, and joint degree programs.

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies is offered to all students currently enrolled in a CSULB graduate degree program. Graduates across diverse health and human service occupations will be prepared to meet the needs of California and the nation’s growing Latino population.

The certificate includes:

  • An overview of Latino-specific health from early childhood to the development of chronic diseases that impact Latinos across their lifespan
  • The development of culturally and linguistically relevant interventions
  • Strategies for implementation of best practices in chronic disease prevention
  • Experience and development of skills in community-based participatory research

Program Courses

HSC 507 Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Structural-environmental factors associated with health issues and disease, evidence-based research and programs affecting access to healthcare, and positive health outcomes among underserved populations.
HSC 534 Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Nutrition-related and contextual factors associated with chronic disease and development of prevention strategies among Latino subgroups.
HSC 537 Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotions for Latinos (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Urgency for and methods to develop culturally and linguistically relevant nutrition education for Latinos.
HHS 592A Internship in Latino Nutrition and Health Promotions (3 Units)
Factors Explored: A competency-based, service-learning experience in which knowledge, understanding, and theory are applied to real-life situations for skill development.
HHS 634 Advanced Latino Community Health (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Current policies, epidemiology, and cultural & linguistic factors that influence the etiologies of disease, health status, and access.
HHS 635 Latino Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Focus on the Child (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Cultural, structural-enviromental, and genetic factors that impact the well-being of the Latino child at different development stages.

Benefits

Demand for well-trained practitioners in health care disciplines – including health education, nursing, physical therapy, and nutrition – is projected to increase over the next 25 years. With Latinos soon to be the majority in the state of California, there is a need for specialized training to work with this population. The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies provides the essential foundation practitioners need to address the health of Latino families and communities.

This certificate enhances the academic experience of CSULB graduate students by increasing scientific knowledge, cultural expertise, and ability to implement effective community health programs for the most underserved Latino populations. Graduates with this specialized training have obtained positions at some of Southern California’s largest health care employers, community-based organizations, and hospitals throughout the region.

Eligibility

For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies program, applicants must:

  1. Be accepted to a CSULB graduate program;
  2. Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in their graduate program;
  3. Have completed (with a grade of B or better) the following undergraduate courses OR equivalents (as determined by the certificate directors);
    • HSC 401 Community Health Education
    • HSC 403 Community Health
    • NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition
  4. Complete the Certificate program application (available for download at our website);
  5. Provide one letter of reference; and
  6. Submit copies of academic transcripts (or have them already on file at CSULB)

Enrollment

While enrolled in the Certificate program, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 6 units in Certificate coursework per academic year;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in Certificate coursework; and
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 units of required courses in the Certificate program.

Download Graduate Certificate Application


Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

H2OLA

The Hispanic Health Opportunity Learning Alliance (H2OLA).  is currently seeking 6 graduate students to fill the positions as Graduate Mentor Fellows (GMFs) for the Hispanic Health Opportunity Learning Alliance (H2OLA).  GMFs will receive:

  • Partial scholarships for their graduate program,
  • Travel opportunities for local and national conferences, and mentorship from CSULB HSC/CNSM faculty.
  • Hourly wage between $12-15/hr. GMFs must be available to work at least 10 hours per week.

The H2OLA project aims to increase the number of highly qualified first generation-educated Latino graduates prepared to engage in health disparities research in both biomedical and health science-related disciplines.

H2OLA provides health disparities research training and tutoring in science and public health disciplines to first generation-educated Latino undergraduate students at CSULB to widen the pool of minority applicants with the academic potential to compete for admission to advanced degrees.

The GMFs will be trained to mentor first generation-educated Latino undergraduate students to enhance undergraduate readiness for graduate or professional level degrees and research opportunities addressing health disparities. H2OLA will also provide GMFs with career development opportunities designed to facilitate careers in health disparities research through the delivery of: health disparities seminars highlighting population-specific issues; and an annual health disparities conference.

Prospective GMFs must be: 1) enrolled in, or admitted to, a graduate program within either the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) or the Department of Health Sciences (HSC) at CSULB; 2) bilingual, bicultural in Spanish and English (written and oral); AND/OR, 3) the first generation in your family to attend college in the U.S.

Download H2OLA Graduate Mentor Fellow Application

Sanos y Fuertes (USDA)

The NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training in collaboration with The Dietetic Internship at CSULB has been awarded funding for a five year project by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Project goals are to:

  1. Strengthen institutional capacity by developing new curricula and training faculty;
  2. Increase student experiential learning and provide financial support;
  3. Develop a culturally and linguistically relevant Sanos y Fuertes (Healthy & Strong) curriculum and toolkit to improve nutrition and reduce obesity among Latino families and children

Required Qualifications

  • First generation-educated Latino graduate student
  • Must be enrolled/admitted in a health and human services – related graduate program at CSULB (i.e. Master of Science in Nutrition, Public Health, Social Work or Health Science)
  • Bilingual Spanish/English (written and oral)
  • Be able to enroll in a 3 unit course Fall 2014 or Spring 2015

Time Commitment

  • Must commit to a one year fellowship
  • Ability to participate in research activities approximately 20 hours per week
  • Flexible hours, including availability in the evenings & weekends as well as travel out-of-state

Benefits

  • Scholarship for graduate program (tuition/books)
  • Monthly monetary stipends for participation
  • Gain experience in community-based participatory research & health education in the Latino community
  • Training

Download USDA Student Packet