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Program of Study

Certificates 

Latino Health Graduate Certificate

This certificate focuses on enhancing the academic development and training of health and human service professionals to provide culturally and linguistically relevant care and education for the Latino population through their respective job placements. The certificate is comprised of 12 units. Components of the program include analysis of the health status and access issues affecting Latinos, development of culturally and linguistically relevant interventions, and implementation of chronic disease prevention best practices and community based participatory research. The certificate incorporates a thorough overview of Latino health from early childhood development to the multiple chronic diseases that continue to impact this population.

Interested students should contact Ms. Toni Espinoza-Ferrel at 562.985.4101 or toni.espinoza-ferrel@csulb.edu.

Prerequisites

  1. Must have earned a Bachelor’s degree (in any subject) with a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  2. Completion of the Certificate Program Application.
  3. One letter of reference.
  4. Copies of academic transcripts (turned into the university).

Requirements

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in certificate coursework.
  2. A minimum of 6 units in certificate coursework completed per academic year.

Complete a minimum of 12 units in the required courses:

  • H SC 507 - Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the US (3 units)

 

  • NUTR 534 - Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3 units)
  • or NUTR 531 - Advanced Community Nutrition (3 units)

 

  • H SC 535 - Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3 units)
  • or H SC 537 - Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotion for Latinos (3 units)

 

  • CHLS 350 - The Latino Population in the United States (3 units)
  • or H SC 420 - Global Health (3 units)
  • or H SC 421 - Health Behavior (3 units)
  • or HCA 470 - Latinas/Latinos: Health Status and Health Care Access (3 units)
  • or HDEV 303 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities (3 units)
  • or HDEV 360 - Cultural Foundations for Human Development (3 units)
  • or HDEV 403 - The Acquisition of Culture: Socialization in Cross-cultural Perspective (3 units)
  • or HDEV 405 - Latin American Childhoods (3 units)
  • or HDEV 407 - Cultural Perspectives on Child & Adolescent Mental Health (3 units)
  • or HDEV 408 - Impacts of Race and Racism on Human Development across the Lifespan (3 units)

Masters of Public Health

Option in Community Health Education

The Master of Public Health in Community Health provides an opportunity for students: to specialize in global health or latino health within the general context of Public Health; to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating social behavior changes programs 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.

Comprehensive Exam Option

The requirements for this option differ depending on the concentration the student selects. View the requirements for the different concentrations below.

Core Courses

A minimum of 42 units of approved upper-division and graduate-level courses including:

Take 33 units of core classes including:

  • H SC 500 - Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)
  • H SC 503 - Advanced Community Health Statistics (3 units)
  • H SC 507 - Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the US (3 units)
  • H SC 508 - Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3 units)
  • H SC 528 - Advanced Environmental Health (3 units)
  • H SC 570 - Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3 units)
  • H SC 581 - Curriculum Development in Health Education (3 units)
  • H SC 585 - Health Education Internship (3-6 units)
  • H SC 624 - Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3 units)
  • H SC 626 - Integrative Seminar in Public Health (3 units)
  • H SC 696 - Research Methods (3 units)

Community Health Concentration

Take the following course:

  • H SC 625 - Advanced Community Health Education (3 units)

Take 6 units of electives at the 500/600 level to be selected from:

  • GERN 569 - Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Social Intervention (3 units)
  • HCA 502 - The Health Care System (3 units)
  • PPA 500 - Foundations of Public Policy and Administration (3 units)
  • PPA 540 - Grants Administration and Management (3 units)
  • PPA 542 - Emergency Planning and Management (3 units)
  • PPA 571 - Leadership Skills and Strategies in the Public Sector (3 units)
  • PPA 581 - Government/Community Relations (3 units)
  • REC 569 - Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Intervention (3 units)

Culminating Activity: A passing score on the MPH Comprehensive Exam.

Global Health Concentration

Take the following course:

  • H SC 520 - Global Health Policy and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 units)

Take 6 units of electives at the 500/600 level selected from:

  • ANTH 544 - Transnational Migrants (3 units)
  • GERN 574 - Global Aging (3 units)
  • NRSG 540 - Health Care Economics, Policy and Information Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2 units)
  • PPA 571 - Leadership Skills and Strategies in the Public Sector (3 units)
  • PPA 670 - Policy Issue Analysis (3 units)
  • S W 605 - Advanced Social Policy: Analysis, Advocacy and Practice (3 units)

Or Other approved CSULB graduate course with a Global Health focus.

Culminating Activity: A passing score on the MPH Comprehensive Exam

Latino Health Concentration

Take the following course:

  • H SC 534 - Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3 units)

Take 6 units of elective at the 500/600 level to be selected from:

  • H SC 535 - Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3 units)
  • H SC 537 - Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotion for Latinos (3 units)
  • NUTR 531 - Advanced Community Nutrition (3 units)

or Other approved CSULB graduate course with a Latino Health focus.

Culminating Activity: A passing score on the MPH Comprehensive Exam.

Thesis Option

The requirements for this option differ depending on the concentration the student selects. View the requirements for the different concentrations below.

Core Courses

A minimum of 42 units of approved upper-division and graduate-level courses including:

Take 33 units of core classes including:

  • H SC 500 - Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)
  • H SC 503 - Advanced Community Health Statistics (3 units)
  • H SC 507 - Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the US (3 units)
  • H SC 508 - Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3 units)
  • H SC 528 - Advanced Environmental Health (3 units)
  • H SC 570 - Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3 units)
  • H SC 581 - Curriculum Development in Health Education (3 units)
  • H SC 585 - Health Education Internship (3-6 units)
  • H SC 624 - Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3 units)
  • H SC 696 - Research Methods (3 units)
  • H SC 698 - Thesis (1-3 units)

Community Health Concentration

Take the following course:

  • H SC 625 - Advanced Community Health Education (3 units)

Take 6 units of electives at the 500/600 level to be selected from:

  • GERN 569 - Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Social Intervention (3 units)
  • HCA 502 - The Health Care System (3 units)
  • PPA 500 - Foundations of Public Policy and Administration (3 units)
  • PPA 540 - Grants Administration and Management (3 units)
  • PPA 542 - Emergency Planning and Management (3 units)
  • PPA 571 - Leadership Skills and Strategies in the Public Sector (3 units)
  • PPA 581 - Government/Community Relations (3 units)
  • REC 569 - Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Intervention (3 units)

Culminating Activity: A thesis with an oral exam.

Global Health Concentration

Take the following course:

  • H SC 520 - Global Health Policy and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 units)

Take 6 units of electives at the 500/600 level selected from:

  • ANTH 544 - Transnational Migrants (3 units)
  • GERN 574 - Global Aging (3 units)
  • NRSG 540 - Health Care Economics, Policy and Information Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2 units)
  • PPA 571 - Leadership Skills and Strategies in the Public Sector (3 units)
  • PPA 670 - Policy Issue Analysis (3 units)
  • S W 605 - Advanced Social Policy: Analysis, Advocacy and Practice (3 units)

or Other approved CSULB graduate course with a Global Health focus.

Culminating Activity: A thesis with an oral exam.

Latino Health Concentration

Take the following course:

  • H SC 534 - Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3 units)

Take 6 units of electives at the 500/600 level to be selected from:

  • H SC 535 - Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3 units)
  • H SC 537 - Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotion for Latinos (3 units)
  • NUTR 531 - Advanced Community Nutrition (3 units)

Or Other approved CSULB graduate course with a Latino Health focus.

Culminating Activity: A thesis with an oral exam.

Courses

The MPH requires 42 units, including three units of electives and six units of internship coursework. The department typically offers graduate courses in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate professional students.

  • 500. Principles of Epidemiology (3)
    • Prerequisite: H SC 301 and H SC 403. 
    • Application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of infectious and chronic diseases, mental illness, environmental health hazards, accidents, and geriatric problems.  Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours.)
  • 503. Advanced Community Health Statistics (3)
    • Prerequisite: HSC 403 or equivalent. 
    • Analysis of quantitative health-related data. Topics include mean and percentage comparisons, multiple regression, logistic regression and survival analysis. Use of computers is required.
    • Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion, 3 hours)
  • 507. Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the US (3)
    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate major in Health Science or related field.
    • Explores socioeconomic, biologic, environmental, and institutional factors associated with health issues and disease. Students will learn about research and interventions to affect positive health outcomes and access for underserved, underrepresented diverse populations. Letter grade only(A-F).
  • 508. Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3)
    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate major in Health Science or related field. 
    • Introduction to administrative theory; investigation of administrative responsibilities and functions implicit in school health or other health education programs. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 528. Advanced Environmental Health (3)
    • Prerequisite: H SC 422 or consent of instructor. 
    • Organization and methods for promoting human health by controlling environmental factors. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 534. Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3)
    • Prerequisite: Open to students enrolled in graduate programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, or related fields.
    • Explores nutrition-related and contextual factors associated with the high rates of chronic disease among diverse Latino-specific subpopulations and provides culturally relevant strategies for prevention. Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as FCS 534. Not open for credit to students with credit in FCS 534.
  • 535./435. Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)
    • Prerequisite: H SC 421 or consent of instructor. 
    • Health promotion/risk reduction program content, development, and implementation for use in corporate, hospital, and public settings. Intended primarily for Health Science majors. Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion 3 hours)
  • 537. Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotion for Latinos (3)
    • Prerequisite: Open to students enrolled in graduate programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, or related fields.
    • Explores the need and methods to develop culturally and linguistically relevant nutrition education with a focus on the Latino population. Students analyze, evaluate, and create culturally competent nutrition interventions for the Latino community. Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as FCS 537. Not open for credit to students with credit in FCS 537.
  • 570. Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3)
    • Identification and analysis of current trends, philosophies, and issues in health science. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 581. Curriculum Development in Health Education (3)
    • Prerequisite: HSC 430, HSC 440. 
    • Principles of curriculum development; selection and evaluation of resource materials; theory and practice in measurement in health education. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 585. Health Education Internship (1-6)
    • Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. 
    • Extended applied experience under the guidance of faculty and preceptors in an approved health education practice setting.  Letter grade only (A-F). (480 hours of field placement or the equivalent experience.)
  • 590. Independent Study (1-3)
    • Independent research conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member resulting in a written report of the investigation. Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.
  • 597. Selected Topics in Health Science (3)
    • Group investigation of selected topics. Topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes. Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters.
  • 624. Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3)
    • Prerequisite: H SC 625 or consent of instructor. 
    • Process and techniques of community analysis and program planning. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 625. Advanced Community Health Education (3)
    • Prerequisite: HSC 401 and HSC 485; or consent of instructor. 
    • Advanced study of educational and related theory applicable to the conduct of health education programs in the community and other settings. Methods of promoting change; role as program and staff director and evaluation techniques. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 626. Integrative Seminar in Public Health (3)
    • Prerequisite: H SC 570, advancement to candidacy. 
    • Summative critical analysis of current methodologies, research, and practices in public health and health education in particular. Synthesis of coursework, internship, and other relevant experiences in the graduate program. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 696. Research Methods (3)
    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate major in Health Science or related field; undergraduate course in statistics. 
    • Introduction to research methodology in the area of Health Science. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 697. Directed Studies (1-3)
    • Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy. 
    • Independent investigation of research problems in health education. Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 698. Thesis (1-3)
    • Prerequisite: H SC 696, advancement to candidacy. 
    • Planning, preparation, and completion of an approved thesis.
    • May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.