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Health Science

College of Health and Human Services

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Health Sciences - Graduate Programs

Graduate Program in Health Education

Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (Council on Education for Public Health, 1015 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, phone: 202-789-1050).

In order to be admitted to the graduate program for study toward a degree, a prospective candidate must apply both to this department and the University. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for current requirements.

Master of Science in Health Science (code HSC_MS01)

The Master of Science program is designed to provide students with:

  • 1. intensive study of health education concepts, theories, and processes;
  • 2. introduction to public health concepts and issues;
  • 3. research methodology appropriate to the in-depth examination a health topic.

The graduate student is also prepared for a leadership role in a school or community setting and for admission to doctoral programs at other colleges and universities. Admitted graduate students must contact the Director of Graduate Studies for advisement early in their first semester of enrollment in order to develop an approved program of study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply both to the Department and the University. Applications are available from the Department office.

1. Each applicant must request a copy of official transcript(s) of all work be sent to the Graduate Director in the Health Science Department in addition to the transcripts required by the Office of Enrollment Services.

2. A bachelor’s degree with a major in health education, which articulates with the course requirements for the same degree at California State University, Long Beach; or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 21 units of upper division course work comparable to that required of the Health Science major at the University; or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and willingness to make up any deficiencies in prerequisite Health Science courses. Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within seven years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it may be repeated or credit obtained by (1) written examination on the subject matter or (2) providing documented evidence of currency in the subject area.

3. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate units attempted, but who show promise in all other aspects, may be given special consideration after petitioning for conditional admission into the program through the Director of Graduate Studies.

4. Acceptance by the University as a student with graduate standing.

5. A maximum of 9 units of approved graduate work at the post-baccalaureate level may be credited to a student’s program requirements upon Departmental acceptance to the graduate program.

6. Submission of the analytic, quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a copy of the CSU graduate application to the Department.

7. Three letters of recommendation from persons with whom the candidate has worked and who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications and potential as a community health educator.

8. A separate personal statement of reasons for pursuing this field of study and comments about interests and experience that are germane to career objectives. Submit a personal resume reflecting the applicant's education and relevant work experience.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy:
    • A. fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
    • B. maintain at least a 3.0 average for all course work attempted as a graduate student;
    • C. complete H SC 500, 503, and 570;
  • 2. Approval by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean of Academic Programs of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements for Completion of the Master of Science

  • 1. A minimum of 43 units of approved upper division and graduate courses including:
    • A. 21 units of Health Science courses, which include HCA 502, H SC 500, 503, 570, 581, 696;
    • B. 18 units of electives in a specialty field;
    • C. 4 units of H SC 698;
  • 2. A thesis with an oral exam.

Master of Public Health

Option in Community Health Education (code HSC_MH01)

The Master of Public Health in Community Health provides an opportunity for students to specialize in community health education and health promotion within the general context of Public Health, to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating social behavior changes in program planning in preparation for serving in various health agencies, prepare for teaching at college and university levels and for administrative positions in public and private health agencies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply both to the Department and the University. Applications are available from the Department office.

1. Each applicant must request that a copy of official transcript(s) of all work be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies (in addition to the copies required by the Office of Enrollment Services).

2. A bachelor’s degree with a major in health education, which articulates with the course requirements for the same degree at California State University, Long Beach; or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 21 units of upper division course work comparable to those required of the Health Science major at the University; or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and willingness to make up any deficiencies in prerequisite Health Science courses. Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within seven years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it may be repeated or credit obtained by (1) written examination on the subject matter or (2) providing documented evidence of currency in the subject area.

3. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate units attempted, but who show promise in all other aspects, may be given special consideration after petitioning for conditional admission into the program through the Director of Graduate Studies.

4. Acceptance by the University as a student with graduate standing.

5. A maximum of 9 units of graduate work at the post-baccalaureate level may be credited to a student’s program requirements upon Departmental acceptance to the graduate program.

6. Submission of a copy of the CSU graduate application and quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Department.

7. Three letters of recommendation from persons with whom the applicant has worked who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional and academic potential as a health educator.

8. A separate personal statement of reasons for pursuing this field of study and comments about interests and experience that are germane to career objectives. Submit a personal resume reflecting the applicant’s education and relevant experience.

9. At least one year’s full-time (or equivalent) paid or volunteer experience in Health Education or a closely related health field. Preference will be given to those with greater experience and ability.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Satisfy the general university requirements for advancement to candidacy:
    • A. fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
    • B. maintain at least a 3.0 average for all course work attempted as a graduate student;
    • C. complete H SC 500, 503, and 570;
  • 2. Approval by the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 42 units of approved upper division and graduate-level courses including:
    • A. Core: HCA 502, H SC 500 or MICR 429, H SC 503 or BIOL 565 (4), 508, 528, 570, 581, 624, 625, 626;
    • B. Electives at the 500/600 level;
    • C. H SC 585, a supervised internship experience (6 units)
  • 2. A comprehensive written examination (see Department for guidelines).

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (code NRSGMN01)

The Departments of Nursing and Health Science offer a concurrent Master of Science and Master of Public Health degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the area of public health nursing with a practice focus on primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two Departments in each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience.

The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines and community services to promote health. The Master of Science and Master of Public Health (Health Education Option) provides the opportunity for students to specialize in advanced practice public health nursing within the general context of the Masters of Public Health, to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies. The focal point in this curriculum is the Nursing Process, Epidemiological Process Model, and Population Based Theory complemented by behavioral science concepts. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the area of advanced practice public health nursing.

Each applicant should request a copy of official transcript of all college course work be sent to the Department Graduate Advisor of Nursing in addition to the copies required by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelors degree in nursing or currently enrolled in accelerated RN to Masters program. Those nurses with Baccalaureate degrees in health related fields may be conditionally admitted.
  2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California.
  3. Admission to graduate standing at the University.
  4. An upper division or graduate course in biostatistics (HSC 403 or Ed. Stat 419) and an ethics course (HSC 451).
  5. Public Health Nurse Certificate, or eligibility for certificate in California.
  6. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better; an upper division nursing GPA of 3.0 or better and a science GPA of 3.0 or better. Students who fall below these averages will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  7. Submission of quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  8. Three letters of recommendation from persons with whom the applicant has worked and who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications.
  9. A separate personal statement of applicant's reasons for pursuing this field of study and comments about interests and experiences, which are germane to career objectives.
  10. Current professional resume describing the applicant’s relevant experience.

Advancement to Candidacy

A joint committee, consisting of Nursing and Health Science faculty involved in the program, will review files and make determination to advance a candidate to graduate status.

Student Criteria for Advancement

  • 1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy in Nursing and Health Science.
    • A. fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
    • B. have at least a 3.0 grade point average for all course work attempted as a graduate student
  • 2. Joint approval by the Department of Nursing and Health Science, and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

  1. A minimum of 57 units of approved Nursing and Health Science upper division and graduate level courses including: HSC 500 or MICR 429; HSC 503 or BIOL 565; HSC 508, 528, 535, 570, 581, 624, 625; NRSG 660B, 680A, 680B, 680C; NRSG 680AL, 680BL, 680CL or HSC 626 (in lieu of one 3 unit 680L); NURS 696 or HSC 696; NRSG 695 or HSC 697 or NURS 698
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses
  3. Comprehensive written examination or directed project or a thesis
  4. Graduate degrees obtained previously will be accepted toward meeting the unit requirements of the concurrent MSN/MPH degree program
  5. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MPH program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met
  6. Transfer units will not be accepted toward the concurrent MSN/MPH program.