Public Health


"Its practice-oriented emphasis, grounded in contemporary theory, and complemented by an experienced and respected faculty, made the two year program one of the best investments I have ever made."
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Our MPH Program was founded in 1970 to prepare community health education practitioners and has been continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1974. CEPH is the independent agency officially recognized to accredit graduate programs in public health. As stated in its mission statement, CEPH assures quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners.

San José State University offers an MPH degree with a specialization in community health education in two formats; On Campus (regular session) and also by Distance (through College of Professional and Global Education). Both on campus and distance students engage in the same rigorous course of study grounded in the philosophy and practice of public health. The MPH degree on campus offers students the flexibility to complete their degree in two years or more, depending on personal circumstances. The MPH distance option is offered through special session and is a fast-paced, 24-month program of study.

The SJSU MPH Program is well-known for its practice-oriented, community-based training. The program's essential mission is: To provide professional education that prepares both students and graduates with knowledge, conceptual frameworks, health education and public health competencies, in order to develop programs, build community capacity, and advocate policy for health equity.

Program Features

  1. Distinguish Program
    Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Specialization in Community Health Education.
  2. Small Class Size
    New cohorts of 25 students begin each August and graduate together just 24 months later.
  3. Distance Learning with Close Support
    Our unique format combines the best of online learning with the camaraderie and support of a close student cohort.
  4. Accelerated Program
    Students take the accelerated courses together and meet in person three times on the SJSU campus. The result is a network of peers and colleagues that will last a lifetime.
  5. Innovative Learning Environment
    Students meet weekly for “live online” class sessions that combine group discussion, teamwork, and faculty presentations.
  6. Great Curriculum
    Contemporary, relevant, practical, and inspiring curriculum
  7. Outstanding Faculty
    Distinguished and community engaged faculty.

Your Career Opportunities

Graduates work in the fields of health education and health promotion in settings that include community-based organizations, health care, education, work site promotion, private industry, social services, and all levels of government - local, county, state, and federal.

Success Stories

We have had many graduates pursue doctoral degrees. Dr. Jane Pham is an SJSU MPH graduate who received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology at UC Davis and is now on our faculty.

Applying to the Program

Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester.

Admission Requirement:

  • Bachelor's degree GPA 3.0
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Prefer two years of work experience in the health field
  • Two letters of reference.

For more information, please visit the department program website.

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit