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Graduate Opportunities

Center for Latino Community Health Internship

We will be accpeting applications for Summer 2021.

The Center is seeking graduate and undergraduate interns from any discipline interested in health disparities research, graphic design, accounting, and social media. Strong Spanish skills are highly valued.

Internship Opportunities for the following projects:

  • Eat, Play, Go! Familias Saludables Obesity Prevention
  • Tobacco Education & Cessation
  • Comprando Rico y Sano Evaluation and Data Entry
  • Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Formative Research

Application Deadline: May 17, 2021 at 11:59pm

A complete application includes:

  1. Complete Online Application
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. Personal statement describing your interest in serving as an undergraduate or graduate research assistant (500 words)
  4. Resume
  5. Must be completed entirely online and submitted by the deadline date

Email Diana Aguirre for questions or application.

Online Application

Eat, Play, Go! Fellowship

We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back again Fall 2021.

Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to apply for an experiential learning fellowship. A total of 12 students (6 undergraduate and 6 graduate) from the departments of Nutrition, Health Science, and Kinesiology at CSULB will be trained in community-engaged research.

Orientation and training will be provided to selected research fellows to understand the contexts wherein nutrition and health related decisions and behaviors occur; followed by experiential, hands-on learning via community-engaged research with faculty and staff. Learn more about the project at the Eat, Play, Go! webpage here.

Student Selection Criteria

Undergraduate Required Qualifications

  1. Declared major in Nutrition, Health Science, and Kinesiology
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA
  3. Junior or Senior standing
  4. Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral)

Graduate Required Qualifications

  1. Masters student in Nutrition, Health Science, and Kinesiology
  2. Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral)

Student Application

Apply Here

Latino Health / Nutrition Grad Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies

As health care costs continue to rise and the need to address preventable chronic diseases becomes increasingly important, the U.S. has a dire shortage of well-trained, culturally competent, health and human service professionals who can meet the needs of our underserved Latino populations. Already at alarming proportions, obesity rates continue to skyrocket – as does the incidence of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Health professionals and community organizations need strategies to promote the creation of healthy environments and obesity-related chronic diseases. This includes access to fresh and healthy foods, safe spaces for physical activity, advocacy and training, and involvement in research that honors and appreciates community resilience and values.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training has responded to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action by creating an opportunity for graduate students to receive specialized training in Latino-specific nutrition and health promotion. The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies will prepare students with skills in community-based participatory research, intervention development, and advocacy to create effective strategies for sustained and positive health outcomes.

California State University Long Beach is the second largest university in California, and has a richly diverse student population. The College of Health & Human Services offers fully accredited master’s degrees in public health, social work, physical therapy, health care administration, nutrition science, food science, gerontology, family and consumer sciences, health sciences, nursing, communicative disorders, criminal justice, public administration, recreation administration, and joint degree programs.


Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies is offered to all students currently enrolled in a CSULB graduate degree program. Graduates across diverse health and human service occupations will be prepared to meet the needs of California and the nation’s growing Latino population.

The certificate includes:

  • An overview of Latino-specific health from early childhood to the development of chronic diseases that impact Latinos across their lifespan
  • The development of culturally and linguistically relevant interventions
  • Strategies for implementation of best practices in chronic disease prevention
  • Experience and development of skills in community-based participatory research

Program Courses

HSC 507 Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Structural-environmental factors associated with health issues and disease, evidence-based research and programs affecting access to healthcare, and positive health outcomes among underserved populations.
HSC 534 Advanced Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3 units)
Factors Explored: Nutrition-related and contextual factors associated with chronic disease and development of prevention strategies among Latino subgroups.
HSC 537 Culturally Responsive Nutrition Promotion for Latinos (3 units)
Factors Explored: Urgency for and methods to develop culturally and linguistically relevant nutrition education for Latinos.
HSC 592A Internship in Latino Nutrition and Health Promotion (3 units)
Factors Explored: A competency-based, service-learning experience in which knowledge, understanding, and theory are applied to real-life situations for skill development.
HHS 634 Advanced Latino Community Health (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Current policies, epidemiology, and cultural & linguistic factors that influence the etiologies of disease, health status, and access.
HHS 635 Latino Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Focus on the Child (3 Units)
Factors Explored: Cultural, structural-enviromental, and genetic factors that impact the well-being of the Latino child at different development stages.


Demand for well-trained practitioners in health care disciplines – including health education, nursing, physical therapy, and nutrition – is projected to increase over the next 25 years. With Latinos soon to be the majority in the state of California, there is a need for specialized training to work with this population. The Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies provides the essential foundation practitioners need to address the health of Latino families and communities.

This certificate enhances the academic experience of CSULB graduate students by increasing scientific knowledge, cultural expertise, and ability to implement effective community health programs for the most underserved Latino populations. Graduates with this specialized training have obtained positions at some of Southern California’s largest health care employers, community-based organizations, and hospitals throughout the region.



For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Latino Health and Nutrition Studies program, applicants must:

  1. Be accepted to a CSULB graduate program;
  2. Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in their graduate program;
  3. Have completed (with a grade of B or better) the following undergraduate courses OR equivalents (as determined by the certificate directors);
    1. NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition
    2. HSC 401 Community Health Education
    3. HSC 403 Community Health
  4. Complete the Certificate program application (available for download at our website);
  5. Provide one letter of reference; and
  6. Submit copies of academic transcripts (or have them already on file at CSULB)


While enrolled in the Certificate program, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 6 units in Certificate coursework per academic year;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in Certificate coursework; and
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 units of required courses in the Certificate program.


NOTE: Not currently accepting applications (6/8/19)

For more information, contact Toni Espinoza-Ferrel at | (562) 985-4014

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