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Master of Public Health in Downtown LA

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) offered at Cal State LA Downtown, includes a unique focus on urban community health serving diverse populations in urban areas like Los Angeles. Students will understand how to improve health outcomes at the population level and how a variety of factors can impact the health of local communities. Cal State LA's program allows both recent bachelor's degree recipients and seasoned public health professionals to learn the intricacies of this growing field.

Cal State LA is accredited under WSCUC (also known as WASC). Cal State LA's Department of Public Health's MPH program is in the process of specialty accreditation through the Council of Education in Public Health (CEPH), which means that Cal State LA Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Health intends to align and abide by national academic standards to effectively train Public Health professionals. Cal State LA's MPH program application for CEPH accreditation was accepted in March 2020 and is currently in CEPH self-study.



Who Should Apply?

Cal State LA Downtown's Master of Public Health Program is 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.

Read more about Cal State LA's Master of Public Health Program.

Information Sessions

Register to view/listen to a live OR prerecorded Master of Public Health Program information session.

Tuition & Fees

The per-unit cost of the Master of Public Health Program is $525.

The total program cost of the Master of Public Health Program is $22,050.


View information about Graduate Application and Admission.

View information about International Graduate Application and Admission.

A Cal State LA Public Health faculty committee will make admission decisions. To be admitted to the Cal State LA MPH program, applicants must meet the basic CSU Graduate Program admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher is suggested; a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly recommended. Some exceptions to this may be defined by the committee. 
  • A Statement of Purpose explaining the rationale for pursuing an MPH in urban health.
  • A professional resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including Cal State LA.
  • Official transcripts for bachelor's or professional degrees obtained, as well as certificate programs in which letter grades were awarded.
  • Two reference forms: One reference must be academic; the second may be academic or professional. If the last degree was earned over five (5) years ago, two professional references are allowed.

International applicants, please also review the information on the following websites:
Cal State LA International Graduate Application and Admission

If you do not possess a Bachelor's or advanced degree from a post-secondary college/university where English is the only language of instruction, you will need to submit official TOEFL test scores as a part of the admission process.
For more information, please visit this website: Cal State LA English Language Proficiency.

To Apply/Application Deadline

Application deadlines for the Master of Public Health Program

Fall 2023 Admission

Online Application opens: October 1, 2022
Application deadline: April 15, 2023
Next review date:  Thursday, March 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the admissions committee if the cohort seats have not yet been filled; review of submissions after March 15th are not guaranteed.

Final review date:  Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the cohort seats have not yet been filled.

Transcript deadline: May 5, 2023
Apply to the Master of Public Health Program at Cal State LA Downtown.

Mail transcripts to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
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Learn more about the transcript submission process.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Please read Cal State LA's Non-Discrimination Policy here.

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For more information about the Master of Public Health Program, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education via email or call (323) 343-4915.