Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to provide broad preparation in the fundamentals of public health, while offering opportunity for specialization in specific areas of interest.

MPH degrees offered

Epidemiology

Research Epidemiology is designed for individuals interested in a career studying the relationship of risk factors to a variety of disease outcomes (e.g., the effect of nutrients, inactivity, stress, high blood pressure, environmental exposure, obesity, or immunologic characteristics on heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, longevity, infectious diseases, reproductive outcome, etcetera).

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Global Health

The Global Health program prepares committed professionals who are both technically competent and cross-culturally skilled in creating and facilitating sustainable health and development programs in diverse settings and populations.

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Health Education

Health Education is the social science that promotes health and voluntary behavior changes through education. As one of our students put it, Health Education is helping people help themselves. Health education bridges the gaps between credible health information and the people that need it.

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Lifestyle Management (Online)

In the Lifestyle Management Program, health professionals with relevant clinical health professional degrees are empowered to provide lifestyle change interventions and promote healthy behaviors for patients with chronic diseases or patients at risk of chronic diseases, while understanding the population determinants of wellness, health, and disease.

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Nutrition

Public health nutritionists work in a variety of settings in government and voluntary agencies, public and private community health centers, ambulatory care clinics, schools, industries, private practice, and specialized community health projects.

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Nutrition with a coordinated program in dietetics

Our program is an accredited coordinated program, which means that students complete both didactic instruction (MPH Nutrition degree along with relevant corequisites) and 1200 hours of supervised practice (1. Public Health Practicum; 2. Food Systems Management Affiliation; 3. Clinical Nutrition Affiliation; 4. Practice within designated classes and labs) within the program.

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Population Medicine

Individuals who may benefit from this program are practicing health professionals, such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and psychologists, and students who are currently enrolled in clinical practice-related doctoral degrees (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., Pharm.D.).

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The LLUSPH MPH Curriculum

MPH Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements described below are in addition to the University admissions requirements. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission to a master’s degree program include the following:

  • a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above
  • satisfactory performance in the Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) or equivalent; scores must have been attained within the last five years.
  • Students applying for the M.H.A. program (only) need to submit G.M.A.T. (or G.R.E. or equivalent) scores and demonstrate satisfactory performance.
  • Department interview for students applying for the M.H.A. program.
  • Religious affiliation is not a requirement; but students are expected to adhere to on-campus requirements of modest dress, abstinence from alcohol and smoking, and attendance at weekly chapel.

Applicants must satisfy the program-specific admission requirements, including but not limited to pre-requisite courses, license requirements and years of experience. Admissions decisions are based on a review of applicant’s transcripts, written statement, letters of recommendation, G.R.E., G.M.A.T. or equivalent scores, and interview. Satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Public Health Core (PCOR)

As a future public health professional, you’ll work with many disciplines. As an MPH student, you’ll begin your education in our Public Health Core. Here you’ll learn alongside future nutritionists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, policy practitioners and more. You’ll start your learning the same way you’ll work in your career - applying your skills and working with others.

All LLUSPH students are expected to develop an understanding of the areas of knowledge basic to public health. Students accomplish this by completing three integrated, interdisciplinary public health core courses.

  • PCOR 501 – Public Health for Community Resilience: Focuses on the health of communities and leads students to community engagement.
  • PCOR 502 – Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle: Focuses on the health of individuals while identifying factors influencing behavioral and physical health.
  • PCOR 503 – Public Health and Health Systems: Focuses on health systems and includes policy and advocacy for health issues, as well as structure and function of health systems.

Cognates

We offer our students the opportunity to experience different public health areas through our cognates. Cognates are collections of courses selected around a specific theme. Each cognate includes 4 courses (Nutrition is 5 courses) and amounts to 12-14 units per cognate. You may view our cognates online and see a list below:

  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Geoinformatics
  • Lifestyle Intervention
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Health Policy and Leadership

Practicum

A practicum is a supervised work experience for students enrolled in an MPH program. You will engage in a 400-hour project at a professional public health setting such as a hospital, local public health department or community organization.

The practicum experience at the School of Public Health is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom, enhance their understanding of public health, and contribute to the health of the community in which they are engaged. Learn more about the practicum.

Learn on campus and online

On campus

Loma Linda University has the only faith-based School of Public Health with 50 years of experience in education, research and practice. We are also the only school of public health within walking distance of 6 other professional health schools. This opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration means you will be studying right next to your future colleagues and partners. Students at Loma Linda also enjoy our Southern California location. LLUSPH is one hour away from mountain resorts, beaches, deserts, and the City of Angels, Los Angeles.

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Online

We offer the only online Health Education MPH in California and a Master's in Lifestyle Management. If you’re a full-time parent, part-time professional or like to move at your own pace, online courses give you the flexibility to work around your schedule. The general requirements for online students are discipline and drive, an internet connection and a computer. As an online student you’ll access your courses and faculty through CANVAS; the Learning Management System that houses all our digital teaching assets in one place.

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