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California State University, Long Beach
Health Science Department at CSULB

Graduate Study in Health Science

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science in Health Science (MS)
  • Joint Master of Public Health / Master of Science in Nursing (MPH/MSN)

Mission Statement

The mission of the CSULB Health Science Graduate Program is to educate and develop leaders in the field of public health practice by providing competencies and skills needed to be productive professionals who serve the health-promotion and disease-prevention needs of diverse local, regional, national, and international populations. These competencies and skills include the ability to perform research and program evaluation as well as delivering services in order to reduce health disparities among underserved populations.

Goals for Graduate Programs

To fulfill its mission the department’s ongoing goal is to improve its instruction, research, and service plan.  The MPH graduate program aims to:

  • Achieve excellence in teaching and learning with respect to the fields of health education and public health.
  • Conduct research programs that address health disparities in underserved populations in our community.
  • Provide public heath service that addresses the needs of the university, profession, and the community.

Competencies for MPH and MS degrees are:

  • Upon graduation an MPH or MS student will be able to:
  • Apply epidemiological methods to the surveillance and measurement of disease rates, disease causality, and disease prevention.
  • Evaluate health programs and policies.
  • Apply statistical techniques and describe appropriate application of statistics to research problems.
  • Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors affecting the health of individuals and populations as well as assess social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  • Assess the impact of health policy related to social., legal, ethical, and cultural forces and apply principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in oraganizational and community initiatives.
  • Assess associations found between environmental hazards and health outcomes and to describe enviornmental policies designed to protect vulnerable groups defined by genetic, physiologic and psychosocial factors.


Objectives for MPH and MS degrees are:

Master of Science in Health Science

By the end of the degree program, the successful Master of Science student will be able to:

  • Analyze theories and models from the behavioral and public health sciences for their contributions to health education research and evaluation;
  • Demonstrate competence in research and evaluation through designing an acceptable research project;
  • Explain the public health implications of one area of significance to health education where research would contribute to substantial progress;
  • Explain the relationships among epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, and the development of and problems with the concept of risk factors;
  • Analyze the differences between entry level competencies for health education and those needed at an advanced level, with particular attention to research and evaluation;
  • Evaluate the need for hypothesis generating research and gaps in health education theories and models;
  • Discuss the implications of one topic, theme, problem, or concept for research and health education program development;
  • Organize relevant behavioral models into a matrix of factors that attempt to explain influences on behavior for a significant public health problem;
  • Describe how the scientific method is employed in applied research typical of public health and health education; and
  • Conduct a thesis to answer an acceptable research question.

Master of Public Health in Community Health Education

By the end of the degree program, the successful Master of Public Health student will be able to:

  • Analyze issues affecting the health education profession and discipline;
  • Develop administrative policies and procedures to insure that health education programs are implemented in a consistent manner and capable of being evaluated;
  • Communicate health education theories, models and concepts to target audiences including policy makers, employers, and the public;
  • Evaluate the efficacy of different health education interventions and methodologies to assure achievement of stated program objectives;
  • Analyze research literature from health education, public health, and other related disciplines for use in advancing health education.
  • Explain the difference between entry-level health education skills and knowledge and those needed at an advanced level;
  • Integrate the scientific foundations of public health in health education programs in a variety of practice settings;
  • Demonstrate competency in applying principles of health education practice to specific target groups;
  • Evaluate gaps in health education theory and practice as they relate to identified public health problems; and
  • Synthesize core public health knowledge and skills with health education competencies to identify areas of needed research and evaluation.