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Health Science

College of Health and Human Services

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Health Sciences - Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Health Science (code HSC_MS01)

Master of Public Health, Option in Community Health Education (code HSC_MH01)

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

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.
The graduate student is also prepared for a leadership role in a school or community setting and for admission to doctoral programs. 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.

Master of Science in Health Science (code HSC_MS01)

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

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply both to the Department and the University. Applications are available from the Department office or on-line at www.csulb.edu/health-science.

1. Each applicant must request that a copy of official transcript(s) of all work to be sent to the university's 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 acceptance to the program. If any prerequisite is outdated, it may be repeated or credit may be obtained by (1) written examination on the subject matter or (2) providing documented evidence of currency in the subject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).

7. Copy of the CSU graduate application to the department.

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

9. 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; and
    • 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

  • 1. A minimum of 43 units of approved upper division and graduate courses including:
    • A. 21 units of H SC courses, which include the following:
      • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
      • H SC 500 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
      • H SC 503 Advanced Community Health Statistics (3)
      • H SC 570 Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3)
      • H SC 581 Curriculum Development in Health Education (3)
      • H SC 696 Research Methods (3)
    • B. 18 units of electives in a specialty field;
    • C. 4 units of the following:
      • H SC 698 Thesis (1-3)
  • 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 university's 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 acceptance to the graduate program. If any prerequisite is outdated, it must be repeated. Credit may be 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 analytic, quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Department.

7. Submission of a copy of the CSU graduate application.

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

9. 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.

10. 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 the following: H SC 500, 503, 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. 30-31 units of core classes including:
    • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
    • HSC 508 Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3)
    • HSC 528 Advanced Environmental Health (3)
    • H SC 570 Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3)
    • H SC 581 Curriculum Dev in Health Education (3)
    • HSC 624 Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3)
    • HSC 625 Advanced Community Health Education (3)
    • HSC 626 Integrative Seminar in Public Health (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 500 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
    • MICR 429 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 503 Advanced Community Health Statistics (3)
    • BIOL 565 Experimental Design & Regression Analysis (4)
  • B. 3 units of electives at the 500/600 level;
  • C. 6 units of supervised internship:
    • H SC 585 Health Education Internship (1-6)

2. A comprehensive written examination (see department for guidelines).

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

For requirements, see description in the Nursing section of this catalog.