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2023/2024 University Catalog 
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Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration, M.P.H.

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(SIMS Code: 557344) (SIMS Code: 557345 - SDSU Global Campus)

Admission to the Degree Curriculum

Applicants seeking admission to public health concentration areas leading to either the Master of Public Health or Master of Science degree should contact the School of Public Health requesting appropriate descriptive materials. Detailed application instructions can be obtained from http://publichealth.sdsu.edu.

JDP students from Clinical Psychology seeking the concurrent MPH degree should consult with their program director and fill out the appropriate form to request admission to the degree program.

Students who do not fully meet the requirements for admission with classified graduate standing may be considered for conditionally classified graduate standing upon recommendation of the admissions committee and the graduate adviser.

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must: (1) meet the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees ; (2) satisfactorily pass a faculty evaluation of the progress that they are making in their graduate course of study; (3) complete the core courses, P H 601 , P H 602 , P H 603 , P H 604 , P H 605 , P H 606 ; have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and no grade less than a B- in each core course completed; and (4) have completed at least 12 semester units of approved public health coursework.

In addition, the student must be recommended for advancement to candidacy by the faculty of the School of Public Health.

Specific Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , the student must complete an officially approved course of study of not less than 51 units (57 units for students in Health Management and Policy) including:

In Addition

In addition, six units of an integrated learning experience P H 797 -Research  (3), P H 799A -Thesis  or P H 797- Research  (3), P H 798 -Special Study  (3), must be included in the program. The product for the P H 797 -Research  (3), P H 799A- Thesis  is a thesis published in the SDSU library. The product for the P H 797 -Research  (3), P H 798- Special Study  (3) is a written product that can be a manuscript, capstone project, or literature review. All concentrations require six units of field placement. Up to nine units of graduate credit may be accepted in transfer, with the approval of the graduate adviser. For students who have completed the Certificate in Public Health (SIMS code 557389), up to 15 units will be accepted for transfer to the MPH degree. In special circumstances, the graduate adviser may approve one course not on the list of prescribed electives. The substitution must be approved prior to enrollment in the course


Electives selected with approval of adviser from any graduate level public health course.

Culminating Experience

A six unit culminating experience consisting of:

Plan A

The product for the six unit Plan A culminating experience is a thesis published in the SDSU library.

Plan B

The product for the six unit Plan B culminating experience is a written product that can be a manuscript, management project or written exam. If the product is not complete at the end of the semester when enrolled in P H 798, a grade of RP will be entered for P H 798 until the product is approved.

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