Health Education

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Don Taylor

Department of Health Education
HSS 326
Phone: 415-338-1413
Fax: 415-338-0570
Email: hed@sfsu.edu
Web: http://healthed.sfsu.edu/
Chair: Mary Beth Love
Associate Chair: John Elia
Graduate Program Coordinator: Mary Beth Love
Undergraduate Program Coordinator: John Elia
IHHS Certificate Program Coordinator: Adam Burke

Institute for Holistic Health Studies
Holistic Health Studies Program
HSS 326
Phone: 415-338-1210
Fax: 415-338-0570
Email: ihhs@sfsu.edu
Web: www.sfsu.edu/~ihhs
Director: Adam Burke

Faculty
Professors—Burke, Clayson, Elia, Love, Peper
Associate Professors—Castellblanch, Chávez, Fernández-Peña, Mamo, Moore, van Olphen
Assistant Professors—Eliason, Harvey, Sanchez, Vaznaugh, Wang
Lecturers—Bhatnagar, Bunting, Burrows, Chen, Cox, Geisse, Gerhard, Goldberg, Jesdale, Malik, Ottoson, Poulain, Quijano, Tapper, Wolin

Programs

B.S. in Health Education
Minor in Health Education
Minor in Holistic Health Studies
Minor in Women's Health Issues
Certificate in Holistic Health Studies
Master of Public Health


Program Scope

Mission. The mission of the Health Education Department at San Francisco State University is to promote individual and community health, health equity and social justice in urban communities through community-based research, advocacy, and the preparation of public health leaders. We provide a participatory learning environment that integrates theory and practice, honors diversity, and fosters leadership, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Within the Department of Health Education, the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies (IHHS) offers a model program in undergraduate education, integrative medicine, self-care, and the role of holistic perspectives in health and healing. IHHS seeks to provide the University and its broader community with knowledge and skills that encourage and support health through natural means focusing on a rich cross-cultural, transhistorical vision of human well-being.

Together, the faculty in the Department of Health Education have developed a unique learning context designed to prepare students for entry and master's level positions in health and human services careers, including professional health educator, and the emerging field of integrative medicine. The department believes that preparing students for these careers is enhanced through exposure to applied scholarship, active engagement in participatory learning, and the thoughtful integration of theory and practice. In addition, the program also places a significant emphasis on the cultivation of team skills, leadership abilities, and effective communication.

The ultimate aim of the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University is to explore and implement best practices in public health and holistic health, and to prepare leaders capable of advancing the work of disease prevention and health promotion in culturally appropriate and globally conscious ways.

Advising. Each student selects a faculty adviser upon declaring the major (BS) or upon admission (MPH) and is expected to work with that adviser in order to assure proper articulation of courses. Prior to meeting with the faculty, undergraduate students are required to meet first with a peer mentor adviser (PMA) who is typically an upper division student in the major. The role of a peer mentor adviser is to advise students about the requirements for the health education major. Students seeking an adviser should consult the office staff for assistance.

Supplemental Credential

Individuals who already possess a single subject credential in another area may add health sciences to their existing teaching credential by completing a specified number of semester hours in health sciences. Individuals seeking a supplemental credential should seek the assistance of an adviser in the Department of Health Education.

Metro Health Academies

Metro Health Academies (MHA) is a three semester sequence of courses for first- and second-year students at SF State. It is comprised of seven courses that blend general education required course work with content on urban health and social justice. The aim of the sequencing is to prepare diverse students to write effectively, speak powerfully, and think critically. Our goal is to empower students to become leaders who will create healthy communities embedded in a socially and economically just world. Participation in Metro Health Academies is geared towards those interested in a career in public health, community health education, social services, the non-profit sector, clinical health professions or community organizing. The course sequence was designed to facilitate learning and help students progress more quickly toward graduation. A feature of MHA is strong academic support and student advising

Students begin with a first-year experience course orienting them to the university and to urban health and human rights. In the following two semesters, students participate in a learning community, two linked courses that share common assignments. The MHA core course has the theme of urban health and social justice, linked with a general education course infused with examples on urban health and human rights. In addition to these courses, students will also complete other required courses working from a list of classes whose themes are close to those of MHA.

Bachelor of Science

The community health education program is designed to facilitate voluntary changes in individual health behaviors as well as to advocate for social and economic policies which lead to health promotion and disease prevention for all. This program prepares individuals to plan, implement, and evaluate programs for health and human services such as public health departments, voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations, community clinics, and hospitals.

The course work and field experience in health education have three primary objectives: (1) to provide a theoretical and philosophical foundation in principles of community health education; (2) to facilitate the development of professional skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and (3) to offer broad course work in personal, community, and school health. Students are also expected to complete course work in biological, social, and behavioral sciences.

The B.S. degree has 39 core units and fifteen elective units to be chosen in one of the three areas described below.

Emphasis Areas

Community-based Public Health (Emphasis: 12 units) is an approach that unites the community by organizing, empowering, and participating in shared-leadership partnerships for health. This emphasis gives students freedom to choose electives from their particular health-related area of interest. Students design programs rooted in the values, experiences, knowledge, and interests of the community itself.

Holistic Health Studies (Emphasis: 15 units) explores diverse cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary concepts and practices from around the world providing students with a deeper understanding of health, healing, and optimal well-being. A holistic perspective informs course content, recognizing the fundamental interdependence of life on this planet. Experiential learning is an essential component of the curriculum.

School Health (Emphasis: 15 units) fills the need of recent increases in demand for credentialed teachers in public schools. The emphasis provides essential course work that satisfies the newly developed California State Standards in Health Science. Upon graduation, students will be ready to enter the teaching credential program with virtually all course work in the single subject program completed.

Minors & Certificates

Minor in Health Education. The Department of Health Education offers a 18-unit minor program. The minor complements many major programs provided by other university departments and has been designed for maximum flexibility. Individuals must work with a health education adviser to select appropriate courses.

Minor in Women's Health Issues. The minor offers three areas of focus: (1) theory about women's social roles and status implications for women's health; (2) organizing and managing health services, health education, and health delivery systems; (3) politics, policy analysis, and strategies for changing women's health policies. Students take a core course in each of these areas, then choose three electives which may be concentrated within one area or drawn from several areas, and then complete a culminating research project or internship. The choice of electives and final research project or internship is chosen in consultation with an adviser in order to meet the needs and interests of the individual student. A minor in women's health is a natural complement to a variety of majors such as nursing, health education, counseling, psychology, urban studies, or other human service careers.

Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Minor in Holistic Health Studies. The Institute for Holistic Health Studies, within the Department of Health Education, offers a Holistic Health Studies Minor. The minor is taken in conjunction with one’s bachelor's degree and appears on the diploma along with the major. A minor in Holistic Health Studies is an excellent complement to many SFSU majors. It provides unique learning opportunities, a chance to explore or expand career options, and a way to improve personal health and well-being. Course content is interdisciplinary, examines human experience and health from an interdependent or holistic perspective, and focuses on practical, experiential learning in diverse areas such as stress management, autogenic training, East Asian medicine, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, guided imagery and more. Additional benefits to minors include priority wait listing for Holistic Health Studies courses, individual advising with faculty, and collaboration with others interested in complementary and alternative health practices. The minor involves taking 18 units of Holistic Health Studies courses – 9 units of core courses (Eastern, Western, and Global Perspectives), 9 units of elective courses – and 4 units of anatomy or physiology, for a total of 22 units (see description of minor below).

Certificate in Holistic Health Studies. The Certificate program is available to anyone admitted through Extended Learning/Open University. It is also available to matriculated students who have completed the minor. The curriculum for the Certificate includes an additional 8 units beyond the minor. The Holistic Health Studies Certificate is ideally suited for individuals who already have an academic degree, who are already in a health profession, or who may be exploring career options. Also, since a holistic health perspective encourages self-care and self-regulation, the Certificate program can be an excellent choice for stress reduction, personal growth, and health promotion. Classes can also be taken individually without enrolling in the Certificate program, an ideal way to explore specific interests. (See description of the Certificate program below.)

Master of Public Health in Community Health Education

The MPH in Community Health Education at San Francisco State University shares the departmental mission to promote individual and community health, health equity and social justice in urban communities through community-based research, advocacy, and the preparation of public health leaders. The MPH program also provides a participatory learning environment that integrates theory and practice, honors diversity, and fosters leadership, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills.

To further this mission, the goals of the MPH include:

  1. Providing professional preparation in the core competencies, functions, and responsibilities for community health educators.
  2. Embracing an ecological approach, emphasizing the importance of addressing determinants of health at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy level in the curriculum.
  3. Building student skills and competencies needed to promote health and prevent disease among culturally diverse urban populations.
  4. Emphasizing principles of adult learning in the application of skills and knowledge to specific problems.
  5. Emphasizing the integration of theory and practice in a community-based public health framework.
  6. Emphasizing collaborative leadership and team building through a cohorted learning community approach.
  7. Conducting applied public health research that addresses the social determinants of health, reduces social inequalities in health, and contributes to building healthy communities.
  8. Serving the campus community and the communities of the Bay Area through developing mutually beneficial partnerships with communities, health care departments, community-based organizations, governments, and other public and private institutions.

Career Outlook

A variety of career opportunities are open to individuals graduating from the health education B.S. program. Results from a recent survey of program graduates indicate that in addition to positions specifically titled health educator, many also hold positions as program planners, assistant administrators, assistant personnel directors, in-service education coordinators, community outreach workers, health counselors, health writers, environmental workers, and pharmaceutical-medical detail persons. Employers include hospitals, government and voluntary agencies, school districts, private industries, and some individuals are self-employed.

Health Education B.S. graduates also select careers outside the health care field. The professional skills developed in the degree programs have numerous applications in non-health employment settings. Additionally, some health education graduates continue graduate studies in public health, administration, social services, dentistry, medicine, and law.

Holistic Health Studies, as a minor, emphasis area, or certificate program is a practical career choice on many levels. As a result of growing national interest in complementary and alternative health practices there are expanding opportunities in the areas of medical care, health promotion, and lifestyle. Healthcare providers, such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists and psychologists need to understand the use of alternative health practices by their paitents. There is an increasing need for practitioners in emerging healthcare fields including naturopathy and acupuncture. Innovative approaches to health promotion and lifestyle that incorporate alternative and complementary health practices are also becoming increasingly important, leading to career opportunities in business, teaching, research and counseling. A Minor or Certificate in Holistic Health Studies provides an understanding of important holistic health concepts and practices relevant to many health and social service related careers.

Graduates of the Master of Public Health in Community Health Education program are prepared for advanced level professional positions in public health departments and private and public health care settings and a variety of community-based organizations. Nationally, the emphasis is on primary and secondary prevention and population-based management of health, making the skills and competencies of community health educators a market demand.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH EDUCATION

Undergraduate Advisers: Bunting, Burke, Burrows, Castellblanch, Chávez, Clayson, Elia, Eliason, Fernández-Peña, Harvey, Moore, Peper, Sanchez-Vaznaugh, van Olphen, Wang

The following foundation courses or their equivalents must be completed prior to graduation. While it is not mandatory to complete the foundation courses before taking the core courses, individuals are encouraged to work toward completion of foundation courses prior to the junior year. Students entering from the community college system, or other four-year universities, should have their transcripts evaluated by a department adviser in order to receive credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere. To determine whether courses taken at another college or university may be accepted as foundation courses, individuals should seek the assistance of an adviser in the Department of Health Education. Some foundation courses may be counted for SF State general education credit; a health education adviser will help determine this. Effective Fall 2008, undergraduates who are first-time college students may satisfy the GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) by earning a C or better in a GWAR-designated course1. In the Department of Health Education, our designated GWAR course is H ED 400 GW. For undergraduates who are first-time college students prior to Fall 2008, this requirement can be met by passing the JEPET (Junior English Proficiency Test) or ENG 414, 410 or 411. Students must pass the JEPET or ENG 414/410/411 before enrolling in H ED 431.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Foundation Courses for the major: Units
BIOL 100 Human Biology 3
BIOL 101 Human Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 210 General Microbiology and Public Health 3
BIOL 211 General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory 1
Units selected from the following (another course may be substituted on advisement): 3
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics  
ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education
Total for foundation 11
Core Courses
Sequenced courses – Must be taken in order and not concurrently
H ED 400 GW The Health Education Profession - GWAR 3
H ED 430 Community Health Education Theory 3
H ED 431 Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation 3
H ED 480 Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar 9
Flexible sequencing
H ED 310
   or
HH 205
   or
H ED 290
Health in Society
 
Relaxation and Stress Reduction
 
Promoting Positive Health
3
H ED 410
   or
H ED 450
Organization and Function of Health Services
 
Policy Issues in Health Education
3
H ED 420 Epidemiology 3
H ED 425 Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health 3
H ED 455 Community Organizing and Building for Health 3
H ED 520 Race, Class, Gender, and Health Promotion 3
H ED 655 Environmental Health 3
Total for core 39
Emphasis
Units selected from one of the emphases listed below
12-15
Total units for Health Education major: foundation + core + emphasis 62-65

 

Community-based Public Health Emphasis
H ED 660 Developing Healthy Youth in Schools and Communities 3
Units selected from the following on advisement (1 course must have a H ED prefix): 9
AA S 575 Asian American Community Health Issues  
ANTH 631 Critical Medical Anthropology
BIOL 321 Magic, Myths, and Medicine
BIOL 326 Disease!
BIOL 327 AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic
H ED 200 Global Health
H ED 221 Health and Social Justice – Burning Issues, Taking Action
H ED 280 Empowering Poor Families
H ED 290 Promoting Positive Health
H ED 305 Critical History of Public Health in the U.S.
H ED 310 Health in Society
H ED 312 Consumer Health
H ED 315 Drugs in Society
H ED 320 Contemporary Sexuality
H ED 330 Health Disparities in Cancer
H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services
H ED 414 Women's Health – Problems and Issues
H ED 415 Health Aspects of Aging
H ED 417 AIDS: Contemporary Health Crisis
H ED 434 Geographies of Health and Health Care
H ED 450 Policy Issues in Health Education
H ED 500 Values Clarification in Sexuality
H ED 527 Documentary of Social Justice and Health
H ED 582 Homelessness: A Public Health Perspective
H ED 640 Structural Inequities in Public Health
H ED 650 Training & Education Process of Public Health
H ED 665 Community Based Participatory Research in Public Health/Health Education
H ED 670 Principles of Peer Health Education
H ED 671 Practice of Peer Health
H ED 685 Projects in the Teaching of Health Education
H ED 699 Special Study
HH 205 Relaxation and Stress Reduction
HH 380 Holistic Health: Western Perspectives
HH 381 Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives
HH 382 Holistic Health: Human Nature & Global Perspectives
HH 430 Biofeedback and Self Regulation
HH 433 Autogenic Training
HH 540 Imagery and Meditation in Healing
HH 690 Psychophysiology of Healing
PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine
PSY 442 Health Psychology
PSY 465 The Psychology of Work Life Stress
Total for emphasis 12

 

School Health Emphasis
H ED 660 Developing Healthy Youth in Schools and Communities 3
Units selected from the following on advisement: 12
H ED 310 Health in Society  
H ED 312 Consumer Health
H ED 315 Drugs in Society
H ED 320 Contemporary Sexuality
CFS 355 Nutrition for Wellness
Total for emphasis 15

 

Holistic Health Studies Emphasis
Units selected from the following courses: 9
HH 380 Holistic Health: Western Perspectives  
HH 381 Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives
HH 382 Holistic Health: Human Nature & Global Perspectives
HH 383 Chinese Persepectives in Holistic Health
Units selected from the following on advisement: 6
HH 200 A Holistic Approach to Academic Success  
HH 290 Promoting Positive Health
HH 410 The Tao of Well-Being
HH 420 Chinese Body-Mind Energetics
HH 430 Foundation of Biofeedback and Self Regulation
HH 433 Autogenic Training and Embodied Living
HH 450 Somatic Education and Holistic Health
HH 530 Herbal and Nutritional Principles in Chinese Healing
HH 535 Western Nutrition, Herbs & Wellness
HH 540 Meditation and Imagery in Healing
HH 545 Imagery and Healing in Tibetan Buddhism
HH 560 Naturopathic Medicine and Personal Wellness
HH 660 Art as Healing
HH 670 Alternative Health Practices
HH 680 Holistic Health Internship Seminar
HH 690 Seminar: Psychophysiology of Healing
HH 699 Special Study (1-3)
Total for emphasis 15

MINOR IN HEALTH EDUCATION

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
H ED 310 Health and Society 3
H ED 221 Health and Social Justice – Burning Issues, Taking Action 3
Electives (at least 6 units must be upper-division)
in health education from the following, holistic health or related fields on advisement as related to student's needs and interests:
12
H ED 200 Global Health  
H ED 280 Empowering Poor Families
H ED 290 Promoting Positive Health
H ED 305 Critical History of Public Health in the U.S.
H ED 312 Consumer Health
H ED 315 Drugs and Society
H ED 320 Contemporary Sexuality
H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services
H ED 330 Health Disparities in Cancer
H ED 414 Women's Health – Problems and Issues
H ED 415 Health Aspects of Aging
H ED 417 AIDS: Contemporary Health Crisis
H ED 420 Epidemiology
H ED 434 Geography of Health and Health Care
H ED 450 Policy Issues in Health Education
H ED 455 Community Organizing and Community Building for Health
H ED 500 Values Clarification in Sexuality
H ED 520 Race, Class, Gender, and Health Promotion
H ED 527 Documentary of Social Justice and Health
H ED 582 Homelessness: A Public Health Perspective
H ED 640 Structural Inequalities in Public Health
H ED 650 Training & Education Process of Public Health
H ED 655 Environmental Health
H ED 660 Developing Healthy Youth in Schools and Communities
H ED 665 Community Based Participatory Research in Public Health/ Health Education
Total for minor 18

MINOR IN HOLISTIC HEALTH STUDIES

Holistic Health Advisers: Burke, Burrows, Harvey, Peper, Wang

A Minor in Holistic Health complements many SFSU majors, provides unique learning opportunities, and expands career options. Benefits to HH minors include priority waiting list for HH courses, individual advising with IHHS faculty and collaboration with others interested in complementary healing.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Minor Program Units
Core Courses (select three courses) 9
HH 380 Holistic Health: Western Perspectives  
HH 381 Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives
HH 382 Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives
HH 383 Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health
Holistic Health Emphasis
9 units chosen from the areas listed below
9
Western Perspectives
HH 205 Relaxation & Stress Management  
HH 430 Foundation of Biofeedback and Self-regulation
HH 433 Autogenic Training & Embodied Living
HH 450 Somatic Education and Holistic Health
HH 535 Western Nutrition and Herbs
HH 560 Naturopathic Medicine and Personal Wellness
HH 650 Anthroposophical Health Studies
HH 690 Psychophysiology of Healing
Eastern Perspectives (may include up to 3 units from the listed KIN courses)
HH 410 Tao of Well-Being in Chinese Tradition  
HH 420 Chinese Body-Mind Energetics
HH 530 Herbal and Nutritional Principles in Chinese Healing
HH 540 Meditation and Imagery in Healing
HH 545 Imagery and Healing in Tibetan Buddhism
HH 621 Advanced Studies in Chinese Health and Healing (1-3)
KIN 136 Hatha Yoga (1)
KIN 236 Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga (2)
KIN 175 Elementary Tai-Chi Chuan (1)
KIN 275 Intermediate/Advanced Tai-Chi Chuan (2)
Human Nature and Global Perspectives
HH 200 A Holistic Approach to Academic Success  
HH 290 Promoting Positive Health
H ED 655 Environmental Health
HH 660 Art as Healing
HH 670 Alternative Health Practices
HH 681 Holistic Health Internship
HH 699 Special Study (1-3)
Human Anatomy/Physiology
Completion of a college-level course in human anatomy/physiology. (BIOL 100/101, BIOL 328, or BIOL 610/611 are acceptable.)
4
Total for minor 22

MINOR IN WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Courses Units
Social Determinants
WGS 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 3
Health Services and Education
HED 414 Women's Health: Problems and Issues 3
Politics and Policy
USP/LABR 570 Urban Health Systems 3
Electives Units selected from one or more of the areas of focus in consultation with an adviser. 9-12
Social Determinants
AFRS 370 Health, Medicine, and Nutrition in the Black Community  
CFS 453 Nutrition and the Life Cycle
PSY 458 Psychology of Women
SOC 469 Gender and Society (4)
SOC 476 Medical Sociology (4)
WGS 201 Gender, Race and Nation
WGS 578 Women, Globalization and Ecology
WGS 593 Women, Health, and the Environment
WGS 201 Gender, Race and Nation
Health Services and Health Education
H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services  
H ED 430 Community Health Education Theory
H ED 431 Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
H ED 520 Race, Class, Gender & Health Promotion
SOC 476 Medical Sociology (4)
Politics and Policy
ECON 475 Economics of Health and Medical Care Finances  
H ED 450 Policy Issues in Health Education
PLSI/USP 480 Public Policy and Policy Analysis (4)
RAZA 210 Latino Health Care Perspectives
USP/S W 456 Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action
USP 565 Social Policy Planning (4)
WGS 570 Women and Public Policy
WGS 611 Female Sexuality: Social and Theoretical Perspectives
Final Integrative Project/Internship One of the following in consultation with the adviser: 3-6
H ED 480 Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar (9)  
H ED 699 Special Study (1-3)
USP 650/651 Urban Internship/Seminar (3/1)
USP 686 Fieldwork in Urban Studies (1-4)
WGS 698 Work Study in Feminist Projects (1-3)
Minimum total 21

CERTIFICATE IN HOLISTIC HEALTH STUDIES

Holistic Health Advisers: Burke, Burrows, Harvey, Peper, Wang

The Certificate in Holistic Health is available to degree and non-degree students. The certificate is offered by IHHS as a resource for health care professionals seeking career enrichment and for those pursuing growth and a deeper understanding of holistic health.

Note: Non-degree students apply through the College of Extended Learning , 415-338-1373. For additional information, visit www.cel.sfsu.edu.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Certificate Requirements Units
Completion of Minor (see above.) 22
HH 681 Holistic Health Internship 3
Electives
Elective units can be selected from remaining Holistic Health Studies courses or from any appropriate course (on advisement) from throughout SF State. An example of appropriate courses outside of the HHS curriculum would include:
5
ANTH 630 Medical Anthropology  
BIOL 318 Our Endangered Planet
BIOL 321 Magic, Myth, and Medicine
BUS 450 The Greening of Business
CFS 355 Nutrition for Wellness
CHIN 101 First Semester Chinese
COUN 606 Introduction to Peer Counseling Skills
GRN 520 Death and Dying
H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services
H ED 455 Community Organizing and Community Building for Health
HIST 578 History of Japan
HH 699 Special Study (1-3)
KIN 331 Peak Performance
PSY 442 Health Psychology
RAZA 450 Indigenous Culture and Personality
Other electives with approval of HH adviser
Total for certificate 30

NOTE: Students fulfilling the Holistic Health Minor or Certificate Program are eligible to apply for a Certification in Stress Management Education given by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). Also, students who take the biofeedback courses and fulfill some further requirements may be eligible to apply for Biofeedback Certification given by BCIA. See a Holistic Health adviser for details.

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Graduate Advisers: Burke, Castellblanch, Chávez, Clayson, Elia, Eliason, Fernández Peña, Harvey, Love, Moore, Sanchez, van Olphen

Admission Requirements

Beyond the completed departmental MPH application materials downloadable from the departmental website and transcripts of all previous college work listed on the application form, admission to the program requires:

Admission Procedures

Step 1.  Attend a Prospective MPH Student Information Session. These sessions detail the program and the admission/selection procedures. Before applying to the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these information sessions. Dates and locations for the information sessions are posted on the departmental website.

Step 2.  Submission of Documents. Complete and submit all documents, including standardized test scores, on or before the application deadline of February 1st. Submit to the Division of Graduate Studies the completed graduate studies online application, official transcripts, required standardized test scores (GRE for all; TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers), and any additional documents required by the University. For more details and to complete the Graduate Studies online application process, visit the Division of Graduate Studies website, www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy. Submit to the Health Education Department the completed departmental application form, unofficial transcripts, a photocopy of your GRE score report, three reference forms, a current resume, a statement of purpose, the program requirements contract, and the department application checklist. For more details and to download the departmental application materials, visit the department website, http://healthed.sfsu.edu. Note: The February 1st application deadline applies to both the University Graduate Division online application process and the departmental application documents.

Step 3.  Admission Decision Notification. In early spring, applicants will receive an admission decision notification from the Division of Graduate Studies of either conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program.

Step 4.  MPH Program Move to Classified Status. All applicants are admitted with conditional status. After a semester of coursework of a 3.0 grade point average or better, satisfactory evaluation of their writing skills at the mid-point of the first semester from the instructors of H ED 810 and H ED 815, and demonstration of professional ethics and effective collaborative learning skills, enrolled students are officially moved from conditional to classified status.

Application Period

New students are admitted to the MPH program to commence in the fall semester only.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Students must demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in written English prior to admission by receiving a 4.0 or better on the written portion of the GRE. Level Two: The student’s ability to write in a scholarly manner in the major field must be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of the written component of the HED 895 culminating experience project.

Curriculum

The MPH curriculum, a two-year (five semester, including the summer between the first and second years) sequence designed for working professionals, emphasizes collaborative learning, problem solving, practical experience, social justice, and advocacy. Students move through the curriculum as a cohorted learning community. The curriculum consists of a total of 44 units distributed among 18 courses.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Course Units
H ED 810 Public Health and Principles of Community Organizing 3
H ED 811 Community Health Education Skills ePortfolio 1
H ED 815 Theories of Social Behavioral Change in Community Health Education 3
H ED 820 Community Health Assessment 3
H ED 821 Community Health Assessment Practice 2
H ED 822 Advanced Community Health Assessment Practice 3
H ED 825 Epidemiology 3
H ED 828 Biostatistics and Public Health Lab 1
H ED 829 Biostatistics and Public Health 3
H ED 830 Program Planning for Community Change 3
H ED 831 Program Planning Practice 2
H ED 835 Public Health Policy 3
H ED 840 Program Evaluation 3
H ED 855 Environmental Health 3
H ED 884 Seminar in Applied Community Health Education Research 1
H ED 885 Advanced Seminar in Applied Community Health Education Research 1
H ED 895 Applied Research Project in Health Education 3
Elective Adviser approved 300 numbered or above course in any department 3
Total for degree 44

Footnotes

  1. Students who have satisfied GWAR in a discipline other than Health Education are still required to complete H ED 400GW as requirement of the major.


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