Master of Public Health in Downtown LA

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Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Downtown Los Angeles is a 2-year program that includes a unique urban focus with particular attention on serving low-income, diverse populations such as those found in Los Angeles. Students will understand how to improve health outcomes at the population level and how various factors impact the health of local communities.

With MPH degrees increasingly required for leadership positions within the field of public health, Cal State LA’s new program allows both students who have recently graduated with a bachelor's degree as well as seasoned public health professionals to learn the intricacies of their field. 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.

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Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:

  • Individuals with a passion for serving their community and improving health outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Individuals interested in understanding the principles, policies, and techniques needed to provide public health programming in the Los Angeles area.
  • Those seeking work in some of the following capacities: healthcare administration, health education, community health, program management, research, public policy, behavioral and social sciences, and statistics and biostatistics

Tuition & Fees

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

Financial Assistance

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities.


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

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • A statement of purpose for pursuing an MPH degree. Please refer to the writing prompt here.
  • Official transcript of a baccalaureate or professional degree.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended including Cal State LA. (Official transcripts must be mailed to the university as part of the university application).
  • Two reference forms. (Letters of recommendation may be submitted in addition to the reference forms, however not in lieu of the reference forms.) Reference forms must come from an academic and/or professional reference.
  • A current professional resume

Graduate admissions at Cal State LA is a 2-Step process. Applicants must apply to both the university and their individual program.

See an overview of the graduate admissions process. 

To Apply/Application Deadline

The Fall 2018 application window has now closed. Fall 2019 applications will open October 1, 2018.


Please submit Official Transcripts to:

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