The disease prevention and health promotion advisory track is a broad-based program emphasizing the optimal development of individual, family and community well-being in multiple settings. Students are required to complete courses in Community Health Education, Worksite Health Promotion, Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations, and Designing Health Education Curricula. Students learn to develop, implement and interpret health risk assessments; provide behavior modification and counseling; plan, develop and evaluate individual and group educational programs; and manage and administer health promotion programs. Employment opportunities usually are in community-based organizations and public health agencies, and other clinical and non-clinical settings. Courses within this advisory track prepare students to qualify and take the certified health education specialist (CHES) exam.
The global health advisory track emphasizes a global perspective on issues in health science including communicable and non-communicable diseases, food security, and development and health. Students are required to complete courses in Globalization and Health, International Health, Multicultural Health, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to HIV/AIDS. Students learn to identify trends in population health; recognize key actors in global health; analyze competing economic, political, and social interests in major global health issues; and develop policies and interventions to address a broad range of health concerns. Employment opportunities are available in, but not limited to, the federal government, international non-governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations.
The environmental and occupational health and safety advisory track encompasses those responsibilities of scientists working in various settings to help ensure a healthy and safe environment. Students are required to complete courses in Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Global Issues in Environmental Health, and Environmental Toxicology and Health. Students learn to identify hazards, measure exposure to hazards, evaluate hazards and recommend procedures to reduce risks resulting from these exposures. Employment opportunities usually are in environmental consulting firms, large industries and the government. Courses within the advisory track prepare students for graduate or professional studies in these areas. In addition, students may take courses towards meeting eligibility requirements for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) exam.
Students are advised to take an algebra course or higher level math and 30 semester units in the basic sciences (i.e. courses in chemistry, biology, physics, or other physical sciences, as well as sanitary engineering or environmental engineering to qualify for the national exam).
Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within each program.