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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the MPH Program?


Apply to the MPH program through Cal State Apply.

How many applications need to be submitted?

There is a supplemental application. The Qualtrics link can be found via Cal State Apply.

Is the GRE required of all students?

Yes, it is a requirement for all students, regardless of prior degrees or work experience. Everyone who applies must submit GRE scores. 

What is the CSULB GRE Institution Code?

The CSULB Institution Code is 4389.

Is there a GRE code for the Health Science Department?

No, all GRE scores must be submitted via the University Code.

Is there a minimum GRE score you are looking for?

GRE scores are only one out of the five elements used to evaluate our students.  GRE is only one component.  We like to see a score of 308 or higher, but it is not a minimum requirement.

What are the application deadlines?

  • Applications will be accepted for the fall semester October 1 through March 15. 
  • Applications will be accepted for the spring semester August 1 through October 1. 
  • Deadlines for receipt of applications are final.  All materials must be in your file by the deadline.

Is there a minimum GPA for students?

We typically accept students with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Can I still apply to the MPH program if my undergrad GPA is below 3.0?

GPA is only one out of the five elements used to evaluate our students.  If GPA is just below 3.0 but the rest of the application is strong, having a GPA less than 3.0 may be overlooked as we also evaluate GRE's, resume (work experience), letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

Besides GRE scores and GPA what else are you looking for when evaluating applications for the MPH program?

Strong recommendations, narrative/personal statement, and at least one year of public health work experience.

Can I apply for Conditional Admission?

No, Conditional admissions are determined by the graduate committee on a case-by-case basis.

Where can I find information about the application requirements?

The Health Science Graduate Admissions page.

How do I learn about Financial Aid?

The CSULB Financial Aid page. 

How many units are required for the MPH degree?

42 or 14 classes total.

Is the CSULB Health Science Graduate Program MPH degree accredited?

Yes, we have been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1983.

What prerequisite classes are needed for the MPH program?

A basic statistics course (HSC 403 or equivalent) and a Community Health course (HSC 401 or equivalent).

Is it possible for a student to be admitted without these prerequisites?

Yes, sometimes students can take them within the first year of the program as a Conditional Admission.

How can I learn more about the Health Science Faculty?

Visit the Health Science Faculty & Staff page.

What kind of career opportunities are there in Public Health?

Secondary schools, community colleges/universities, local and county health departments and agencies, volunteer agencies such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Planned Parenthood, hospitals and health clinics, industrial corporations, health maintenance organizations, community-based organizations

How many hours of internship are required?

You are required to complete three units of HSC 585 or 240 hours. You may also waive an elective and complete an additional three units through an internship.

Do you have MPH information sessions?

We do not offer MPH Information Sessions at this time.  

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss the MPH program?

Yes, we offer appointments on Tuesday from 2-4 during the fall and spring semesters.  We do not offer advising during the summer or winter sessions.