Master of Public Health in Downtown LA

Program Description

If you're interested in changing lives for the better, public health may be the perfect field for you. Pursuing a degree in public health lets individuals make a real, concrete difference in the lives of ordinary people living in communities locally, nationally and globally. Cal State LA’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program will provide you with professional opportunities and a chance to find a career that is intense, fulfilling and fascinating.

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown beginning Fall 2018, the Master of Public Health Program will have a unique emphasis on urban health with particular attention on serving low-income, diverse and urban populations such as those in Los Angeles. Cal State LA MPH degree-holders will know and understand how to improve health at the population level and how various factors affect the health of local communities.

With MPH degrees increasingly required for leadership positions within the field of public health, Cal State LA’s MPH program features an approach that allows both students who have recently graduated with a bachelor's degree as well as seasoned professionals in the public health arena to learn the intricacies of their own field and collaborate with other students. Students will learn to navigate political and bureaucratic systems, become adept at solving problems, and develop leadership and public relations skills, traits that employers are eager to find in prospective employees.

Public health is a fast-growing industry that constantly needs new professionals. Graduates with a master’s degree in public health have many specialty fields in which to work. These include:

  • Healthcare administration
  • Health education
  • Community health
  • Program management
  • Research
  • Public policy
  • Behavioral and social sciences
  • Statistics and biostatistics

Students will also be eligible to apply for Doctors of Public Health or for other related programs to become researchers and professors in university and college public health departments.

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Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:

  • Individuals with a passion for serving their community in order to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Individuals interested in understanding the principles, policies, and techniques needed to provide public health programming to the Los Angeles area.

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit $525
Total Program Cost $22,050

Financial Assistance

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities for this program.


To be admitted to the MPH degree program offered at Cal State LA Downtown, applicants must meet the basic requirements for admission, which include the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Some exceptions to this may be defined by the committee
  • A statement of purpose for pursuing the MPH degree
  • Official transcript of a baccalaureate or professional degree
  • Two letters of reference from academic and/or professional references
  • GRE test score at the 50th percentile or higher

Program Requirements

To earn the MPH degree, students must complete 42 semester units. This includes:

Core (15 Units)

Urban Community Health (15 Units)

Electives (9 Units)

Capstone (3 Units)

Program Length: Students can complete the program in 2 academic years including the summer between both years.

Schedule: Classes will be offered evenings Monday - Thursday. Eeach term students will take 9 units comprised of two classes at Cal State LA Downtown and one online or hybrid class.

To Apply

This program is planned to launch in Fall 2018.

Application window for Fall 2018: Opening Soon | Application deadline is 3/15/18.

Official transcript and document deadline: 4/6/18


Please submit Official Transcripts to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032