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claremont graduate university school of community and global health

Claremont Graduate UniversitySchool of Community and Global Health


Master of Public Health (MPH)

PhD in Health Promotion Sciences

Fall 2012

  • Welcome
  • School of Community & Global Health Orientation
      • MPH: Large Conference Room
      • PhD: Small Conference Room
  • Student Life
overview of student services resources
Overview of Student Services & Resources
  • CGU Student Services Offices
    • At the afternoon orientation
  • SCGH Student Services
    • By Maggie Hawkins, Program Manager
scgh orientation sessions
SCGH Orientation Sessions
  • PhD Program
    • Small Conference Room with Kim Reynolds
  • MPH Program
    • Large Conference Roomwith Darleen Peterson & Faculty
      • Concentration Faculty
        • Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation: Susan Ames
        • Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology: Dennis Trinidad
        • Leadership & Management: Paul Torrens
scgh program administration
SCGH Program Administration
  • Contact her for questions about:
    • Program Accreditation
    • Academic/career advising
    • MPH Internship requirements
    • Capstone requirements
    • Directed research requirements
    • Dual degrees
    • Changes in concentration
    • Faculty issues
    • Certification exams
    • Signature on all student paperwork

Darleen Peterson, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor

MPH Program Director

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

T: 909-607-6729

F: 909-592-8411

Cell: 818-621-7222

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SCGH Program Administration
  • Contact her for questions about:
    • Admissions, registration, graduation
    • MPH Internship placement counseling
    • Financial aid & student awards
    • Classroom scheduling & equipment needs
    • MPH program committees
    • Course evaluations
    • Continuing education
    • CGU student resources
    • Sakai access
    • MPH student association
    • Student surveys

Maggie Hawkins, MPH, CHES

Program Manager

T: 909-607-7292

F: 909-592-8411

mph program mission
MPH Program Mission
  • The mission of the MPH program at CGU is to prepare professionals to play leadership roles in promoting global public health through improved research, practice, policy-making, and system response.
  • Graduates of this program will be equipped with knowledge, skills and abilities to lead initiatives to enhance the health status and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities around the world.
    • Foundations in general public health practice as well as popular specialty areas
mph student competencies
MPH Student Competencies
  • Definition
    • Essential knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of program graduates
  • Types
    • 1. Core
      • The building blocks for effective public health practice, and the use of an overall public health approach
      • Applies to the 5 core areas of public health
    • 2. Concentration
      • Knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the practice of public health as a specific type of practitioner (e.g., epidemiologist, environmental health specialist, health educator, biostatistician)
      • Applies to your specific area of interest
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MPH Student Competencies
  • Origins of competency development
    • Based upon important values in public health
    • Rooted in an understanding of the broad determinants of health and the values and strategies of public health and health promotion
    • Faculty synthesized available competencies and created a list of those specific to our program; they are referenced throughout the program
  • How competencies are measured
    • Course level: found within syllabi and assignments
    • Program level: Student portfolio, certification exams, surveys
  • When competencies are measured
    • Mid-point (at 24 units) and a program completion (48 units)
additional course options
Additional Course Options

CGH 396: Special Topics in Community & Global Health

  • Students have the option to take a special topics course when offered
  • Course includes an exploration of a timing public health topic selected by the instructor
  • Examples: Maternal & Child Health; Innovations in Tobacco Control; Reducing Childhood Obesity
  • Can be used as an elective or substitution for a concentration course
  • Student receives a letter grade

CGH 390: Directed Research

  • Students have the option to take a Directed Research course in any semester.
  • Course includes work with a SCGH faculty who is conducting an ongoing program of research
  • Can be used as an elective or substitution for a concentration course
  • Requires an enrollment contract and memo of understanding in order to register
    • Includes project proposal and identification of program competencies to be addressed
  • Student receives a grade of S/US
  • Sequence of Events
    • Semester Prior to internship
      • 1. Confirm eligibility & hour requirement
      • 2. Arrange an individual meeting with the MPH Program Manager to discuss interests & strategies for locating appropriate agencies
      • 3. Student conducts research and contacts potential sites of interest
      • 4. Site selection is made with approval of program manager & hours are negotiated with agency
    • Semester of internship
      • 5. Student meets with the Director to go over course requirements
      • 6. Student registers for CGH 306 and begins completion of requirements: Forms, journals, poster presentation, and student evaluation
public health capstone
Public Health Capstone
  • Serves as the culminating experience for the degree
  • Demonstrates proficiency with public health core and concentration specific competencies
  • Two main requirements:
    • MPH Portfolio: Students collect evidence of work in courses, field work and service opportunities that have enabled them to master program competencies
    • Final Paper: Each student will develop a scholarly paper based upon projects undertaken as part of the supervised field training experience. The final paper provides another opportunity for the student to identify the manner in which core and concentration specific competencies were mastered
student advising
Student Advising
  • Purpose of advising
    • Plan coursework for upcoming semester
    • Discuss progress with respect to program competencies
    • Discuss any academic performance/course issues
    • Discuss general questions about:
      • Curriculum requirements (MPH & PhD)
      • Options in Directed Research (MPH & PhD)
      • Field training & Capstone (MPH)
      • Tools requirement, qualifying exam, dissertation (PhD)
      • Certification exams (MPH)
      • Post-graduation plans (MPH & PhD)
  • Advising schedule
    • Occurs every semester with faculty advisor and mentor
  • Advising documentation
student registration procedures
Student Registration Procedures
  • Seek Academic Advisement every semester
    • Schedule appointments with Darleen Peterson
      • Fall semester -- July
      • Summer semester – April
      • Spring semester – November
    • PhD students should also meet with their mentor every semester to discuss directed research options, completion of tools requirement, quals, etc.
  • Become aware of deadlines for add, drop & withdraw
    • Last day to register and settle fees
    • Last day to add/drop classes without a “W”
    • Last day to drop classes with a “W”
  • Register for courses
    • Register on student portal after receiving your computing account (username and password)
  • View Class Schedules
    • Posted on the CGU and SCGH websites
accreditation status
Accreditation Status
  • CGU maintains regional accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
    • Referred to as an “Accredited Institution of Higher Learning.”
    • Currently in re-accreditation cycle with final review scheduled in April 2013.
  • The MPH program has been fully accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for the maximum period of five years
    • 2011 Self Study Report available on MPH program website
    • Importance of continued Student, Faculty, and Staff participation
what accreditation means for students
What Accreditation Means for Students
  • Accreditation establishes eligibility for graduates to become Certified in Public Health (CPH)
    • Graduates may sit for the exam
    • Graduates/current students may also apply to become Certified in Health Education (CHES)
  • Accreditation establishes eligibility for graduates to qualify for selected jobs.
    • Includes a limited number of federal jobs (e.g., some departments within the CDC)
    • Most jobs simply require students graduate from an accredited institution
  • Accreditation establishes eligibility for students to qualify for certain federal public health traineeships.
    • Examples includes US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Student Training and Extern Programs
mph student surveys
MPH Student Surveys
  • Data needed for accreditation reports come from MPH student surveys. Your participation is greatly needed!!
health promotion education evaluation
Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation
  • Addresses the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course.
  • Research and practice in this concentration contributes to the development, administration and evaluation of programs and policies in public health and health services to promote and sustain healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations.
    • Example: you may develop an intervention to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS, promote seatbelt use, or design health communications to reach individuals at risk for colon cancer.
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Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation
  • Sample Job Titles
    • Mental Health Research Scientist
    • Program Coordinator/Manager Education
    • Consultant Health Educator
    • Outreach Coordinator
    • Research Evaluator
    • Coalition Coordinator
    • Public Health Advisor
  • Salary Ranges
    • Health Education/Behavioral Science: $33,000 - $86,625
    • Public Health Practice/Program Management: $41,175 - $102,000
applied biostatistics epidemiology
Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health; health care; and biomedical, clinical and population-based research.
    • Example: You may estimate the number of deaths from gun violence, or analyze trends in cancer incidence.
  • Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems.
    • Example: You may investigate outbreaks of disease, seeking to determine the cause and trying to control its spread or design and implement studies to understand patterns of disease in society, such as the disproportionate prevalence of diabetes or cancer in a particular segment of the population.
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Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Sample job titles:
    • Biostatistics
      • Biostatistician; Research Statistician; Analysis Programmer; Statistical SAS Programmer; Health Informatics Specialist; Statistical Writer
    • Epidemiology
      • Public Health Epidemiologist; Senior Epidemiologist; Occupational Epidemiologist; Program Director (of academic or medical research center); Risk Analyst
  • Salary ranges:
    • Biostatistics: $33,000 - $63,000
    • Epidemiology: $38,175 - $136,237
leadership management
Leadership & Management
  • Leadership is the ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future; champion solutions to organizational and community challenges; and energize commitment to goals.
  • Management involves the inquiry and practice concerned with the delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and populations.
    • Example: you may direct hospital services, analyze utilization patterns of healthcare, create policies for health insurance companies, or analyze the impact of Medicaid changes on quality of care.
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Leadership & Management
  • Sample job titles:
    • Health Officer
    • Public Health Advisor
    • Project Specialist
    • Vice President for Strategic Development
    • Health Policy Analyst
    • Research Associate
    • Operations Administrator
  • Salary ranges:
    • Health Services Administration: $37,050 - $161,400
your guide to thriving in grad school academics beyond
Your Guide to Thriving in Grad School: Academics & Beyond
  • Office of Information Technology
  • The Writing Center
  • Library & Research Resources for Public Health
  • Office of Career Management
technical services available to students
Technical Services Available to Students
  • Computing Account
    • Provides access to all technology offered by CGU
  • E-mail and Wireless Access
  • Computer Labs
    • Available in ACB 118 & 126, Burkle 18, Humanities Resource Center, & Harper 8
  • Student Portal
    • Access to register online, view grades, generate unofficial transcripts & degree progress reports, read messages, view financial aid and student bill and more
  • Sakai/Web File Services
    • CGU’s learning management system
  • Learning management system where professors may:
    • Distribute reading materials, hold discussions, assign homework and other course related activities
  • Allows for file storage and sharing
  • Other things to consider when using Sakai:
    • Sakai user name and password is the same as those used for the CGU student email account and to log into their student portal
    • Students registering for a class just right before or after the semester starts may wait up to 72 hours before the course’s Sakai site will appear in their Sakai account
    • Click on “Account” on the left side of the web page when first logging into Sakai;  verify correct name and email address; if incorrect, do not click on the “Modify Details” button, e-mail or call 909-607-0885.
    • Sakai tutorials are available for at
a peek at cgu student life
A Peek at CGU Student Life

SCGH Student Association

CGU Graduate Student Council

A Day in the Life

opportunities for student involvement
Opportunities for Student Involvement
  • MPH Program Committees
    • Steering
    • Community Advisory
    • Recruitment & Admissions
    • Accreditation/Self Study
    • Continuing Education (new)
  • Membership in Professional Associations* & Attendance at Conferences*
    • American Public Health Association (October 2011 in Washington D.C.)
    • Society for Public Health Educators (Just prior to APHA)
    • Southern California Public Health Association (December 2011 in Los Angeles)
  • Assistance at student recruitment events, continuing education events, service activities through the student association
  • Input through program surveys
  • Service activities*

*A requirement for public health capstone course (CGH 307)