Master of Public Health - Core Requirement

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Requirements to Apply

The minimum requirements for admission to master’s and post baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with University regulations, as well as Title 5, chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations.  Specifically a student shall at the time of enrollment:

  • Have completed a four year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or equivalent preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree or attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semesters units (90 quarter units) attempted; (Department graduate programs may require a higher GPA.)
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.
  • For international students, all applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is other than English are required to submit proof of English proficiency before an admissions decision can be made

For a complete list of requirements always refer to the Graduate Studies website at http://www.fullerton.edu/graduate/prospectivestudents/

After meeting the above criteria, additional requirements for acceptance into the MPH program include:

  • Official transcript(s) from all college work sent directly to the CSUF Office of Admissions.
    • Optional: You may send an unofficial/copy of your transcript to the Department of Health Science:

      California State University, Fullerton
      Department of Health Science
      ATTN: Graduate Program Coordinator
      800 N State College Blvd, KHS-121
      Fullerton, CA 92831

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

Please send the GRE score(s) to:

School Code: 4589

Department Code: 0616

  • Two letters of recommendation with a waiver form sent to the Department of Health Science. The waiver form may be found on our website under "Application Procedures."


  • A statement of purpose (300-500 words describing how the program relates to professional goals. The statement of purpose submitted on Cal State Apply is sent to all programs you apply to through Cal State Apply. If you would like to send a statement of purpose specific to the MPH program, please send it to the Department of Health Science.
  • A current resume. Please send this to the Department of Health Science.
  • Completion of 3 units of statistics and/or research methods (appropriate courses include: statistics, epidemiology, research methods, calculus, etc.) with a grade B or better.
  • Appropriate educational background for the public health program.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • Paid or volunteer experience in public health, health education or related health area.
  • Interview upon request.

The Master in Public Health Program Requirements

The Master of Public Health requires 42 units of approved graduate work including 30 units of core competency classes (which includes a six-unit internship) and an additional nine to twelve units of electives to support specific career objectives. The program requires 75 percent of the coursework to be taken from 500-level courses. Therefore, all students must take at least one 500-level elective course.

The MPH program can be completed in 2 years if students enroll in 9 units each semester and 6 units during the summer between year 1 and year 2. Two Core Competency courses (HESC 515, HESC 524) are offered during the summer only.

Core Competency Courses (24 units)

  • HESC 500 Issues in Public Health (3)
  • HESC 501 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology (3)
  • HESC 508 Statistical Methods in Kinesiology and Health Science (3)
  • HESC 510 Research Methods in Health Science (3)
  • HESC 515 Advanced Environmental Health (3)
  • HESC 524 Public Health Administration (3)
  • HESC 535 Advanced Study in Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
  • HESC 540 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)

HESC 550 Graduate Internship (6 units). The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) requires 240 hours of internship.  Students may begin the internship after completing all core competency courses and two (2) electives. Usually students begin their internship in the spring semester of year 2, and dedicate time during usual working hours to completing this requirement.

Electives (9-12 units). Working with a faculty adviser, students select 9-12 units of electives to support career objectives in one of the following three tracks: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety; and Gerontological Health. These career tracks allow student to select unique combinations of courses appropriate for their professional objectives.

Terminal Requirements (0-3 units). HESC 597 Project (3) OR HESC 598 Thesis (3) OR Comprehensive Examination (0). Students who choose the comprehensive examination must complete an additional adviser-approved course (3 units).

Department of Public Health

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room KHS-121,
Phone: (657) 278-3316,
Fax: (657) 278-5317

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