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General Catalog 2023-2024 
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Public Health - Health Promotion Option, M.P.H.

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Master of Public Health Degree Program Requirements

The Master of Public Health Program is a full-time two-year blended program in the Department of Public Health.  The MPH program is accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health.

This program is designed to prepare students in the broad area of public health. It includes preparation in the public health core and in the Health Promotion Option. The option includes a field experience and a culminating experience.


  • In addition to meeting University entry requirements, applicants must demonstrate academic ability and preparation. Furthermore, applicants need to submit (a) three professional letters of recommendation and (b) a statement of intnent.
  • Once admitted to the program, the student will be assigned to a faculty advisor, and, under the advisor’s direction, the student will follow a pattern of study designed to be completed in three years of late afternoon and evening study. Admission commences during the fall semester, and each student is admitted for a specific term. If a student is admitted and is unable to start the program, he or she will have to reapply for admission to another term.


The Master of Public Health program at Fresno State has a single track in health promotion which prepares public health professionals to fulfill leadership roles in the development, promotion, application, and evaluations of educational and behavioral approaches to health.

The program consists of 42 units including:

Graduate-Level Writing Competence

The university requires that students have graduate-level writing abilities before being advanced to candidacy for the master’s degree.  Student’s must demonstrate these abilities by passing the writing requirements in PH 210  .  Check the program’s website for the most current copy of the policy. 

Culminating Experiences

A culminating experience is required of all Fresno State students earning master’s degrees.  This requirement is me by either completing (1) a thesis, or (2) projects, or (3) comprehensive exam.  A limited number of students may be permitted to undertake a thesis or project, depending on the availability of faculty or committee members. 

Students will enroll in either one of the below for two units for two consecutive semesters:

Total: 42 Units

For additional information, please contact the Department of Public Health at California State University, Fresno; 2345 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S MH30; Fresno, CA 93740-8031; 559.278.8324.

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