Public Health - Health Promotion Option, M.P.H.

Department

Public Health

Miguel Perez, Chair
McLane Hall, Room 184
559.278.4014
www.fresnostate.edu/publichealth

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Health Science - Community Health Option, B.S.
BS in Health Science - Health Administration Option, B.S.
BS in Health Science - Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety Option, B.S.
MN in Public Health, Minor
MPH in Public Health - Health Promotion Option, M.P.H.

Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science and the Master of Public Health degrees are designed to prepare students for careers with official and voluntary health agencies at the federal, state, or local levels of government as well as the private sector.

The Master of Public Health degree is designed for individuals seeking a professional degree in public health. This degree is recognized throughout the world and is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). The MPH program is under probationary accreditation until 2012.

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Department of Public Health offers curricula based on principles of public health practices leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, including a major and minor in health science with options in community health, environmental/occupational health and safety, and health administration.

Master's Program

The mission of the program is to prepare public health professionals for leadership roles in the fields of health policy and management and health promotion so that they may contribute to the process of improving the health of communities located within the San Joaquin Valley, California, and the southwest. This mission is fulfilled by attaining several program goals which address on a partnership basis the health needs of the ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations living in the San Joaquin Valley and the southwest. Coursework for the Master of Public Health (MPH) is varied and designed to provide the maximum opportunity for problem-solving approaches to the complex issues in the operation, environment, and human factors confronting the health care systems.

Courses

Public Health

CI 161. Mth Mtl H S

Units: 3

HS 302. Environmental and Ecological Perspective in Rural Suburban Minority Community

The course reflects both environmental and ecological perspective of waste dumping within the minority community. The course will give students an opportunity to analyze, compare and contrast differenct environmental issues facing the community and suggest methods and ways of evaluating these problems.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 99 units

PH 48. First Responder and Emergency Care

National Safety Council First Responder and Emergency Care course. Priorities of care, injuries, medical emergencies, crisis intervention, and casualty incidents. Includes bleeding, shock, fractures, poisoning, emergency childbirth, CPR Certification for meeting requirements. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 49. Emergency Medical Technician Training

Prepares individuals to render pre-hospital basic life support during transport or within a hospital. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate allowing them to take the National Registry test. Upon passing the test, EMT certification is granted.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 90. Contemporary Health Issues

Significance of basic health problems applicable to the young adult and to society. G.E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

PH 91. Human Sexuality

Physiological, psychological, social, cultural, and developmental considerations for lifelong understanding related to sexuality. G.E. Breadth E1. (Formerly H S 124)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

PH 92. Public Health Statistics

Prerequisites: Students must take the ELM exam; students who do not pass the exam must record a grade of C or better in a college-taught intermediate algebra course. Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to evaluation and research in allied health. Central tendency and dispersion; central limit theorem; hypothesis testing; ANOVA; correlation, nonparametric methods. Interpretations of public health statistics. (3 lecturer hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 100. Community Health

Public health services as they affect the community; investigation and analysis of community health problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 104. Global and Cultural Issues in Health

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation and Area D. Prerequisite: PH 90. Influence of culture on health and disease; relevant health issues of cultural and ethnic groups; alternative healing and holistic health; role of international health organizations; health problems on a world scale. History and evaluation of programs of international health organizations; health problems on a world scale. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: M/I

PH 105. Risk Assessment and Analysis

Human and environmental risks as they relate to injuries and illnesses; includes incident causation analysis and assessment. Areas of study encompass occupational safety, consumer products, human factors, environmental health, and human and property costs.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PH 109. Epidemiology of Disease

Prerequisite: PH 92 or equivalent. Modern concepts and principles of epidemiology; interaction of all agents, host, and environmental factors of communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 110. Drugs, Society, and Health

Examination of physical, neurological, emotional, social, and political factors affecting the use, misuse, and abuse of licit and illicit substances in contemporary American society. Applies models of addiction and compulsive behaviors to gambling, food consumption, and sexual behavior. G.E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

PH 111. Alcohol and Alcoholism

Physical, mental, and social factors related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages; the development of alcohol dependence.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 112. Consumer Health

Consumer health as it relates to selection of health care products and services; how to differentiate fact from fiction in health matters.

Units: 3

PH 114. Health Behavior

An introduction to the theory and practice of health behavior change. Covers individual behavior change methodologies and the effects of public and environmental change on individual health.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 115. Health Issues of Aging

(PH 115 same as GERON 115.) Basic principles and concepts of the aging process; includes the physical, social, emotional and mental components of health. Benefits of health promotion and preventive action for the aging are also explored.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 127. Female Sexuality

(PH 127 same as WS 127.) Studies on female sexuality which include past and present sexual roles, female sexual response patterns, and discussion of common problems encountered by women functioning as sexual beings.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 128. Holistic Health and Alternative Medicine

Explores concepts related to holistic health and alternative medicine within a cross-cultural framework. Includes a description of the physical and psychosocial effects of alternative healing; addresses the benefits and risks associated with these therapies.

Units: 3
GE Area: M/I

PH 129. Rural Health

Health problems of rural areas including community medical services, medical facilities, federal, state, and local legislation and administrative problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 130. Women's Health

(PH 130 same as WS 130.) Examines current crises/ controversies in women's health care. Includes conventional/ alternatives approaches to treatment, management, and prevention with emphasis on self-care and promotion of optimum health.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PH 131. Principles of Health Education

Study of the foundations, theories, systems, and principles of health education. Includes an analysis of social, medical, and environmental factors on health-related behaviors.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 133S. Health Education Methods

It is strongly recommended that students complete PH 114 and PH 131 prior to enrollment in PH 133. Health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Provides needs assessment, health education curriculum development, and presenting and evaluating a health education intervention with a client group.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 135. Introduction to Human Disease

Concepts and principles of disease and dysfunction of the human body. Detection, diagnosis, treatment, etiology, pathogenesis, and prevention.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 141. Applied Ergonomics

Studies the science of ergonomics as it relates to injury/illness prevention and the promotion of a quality work environment. Ergonomics is the evaluation of people and their tools, materials, and equipment in a work setting. (Formerly H S 166T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PH 143. Occupational and Industrial Safety

Application of safety and accident prevention measures that provide a basis for insight into the hazards of occupational and industrial situations.

Units: 3

PH 145. Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Management

Concepts and principles dealing with the problems, processes, evaluation, and solutions in the development, implementation, and management of an effective environmental health and occupational safety program.

Units: 3

PH 151. Health Law and Legislation

The theory and practice of managing inspection-based enforcement programs in health care and environmental health areas, with emphasis on legislation, procedure, and cases relating to public health.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PH 152T. Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the research process as it relates to public health. This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills in the areas of applied and behavioral research to a degree that you can develop, conduct, present, and defend your own research or evaluation project in the health sciences. Students will study a variety of inquiry models to prepare the student to research on their own and judge the quality of research.

Units: 3

PH 152T. Utilization of Health Care Resources

To introduce students to the understanding of fundamental principles in "economics" that serve as the foundation of the US healthcare system.

Units: 3

PH 152T. Emergency Management Technician

This course provides an introduction to the phenomenon of hazards, disasters, and U.S. emergency management. Throughout the history of the United States, disasters and catastrophic events have destroyed and devastated lives, destroyed and damaged property, and put large segments of our population at risk. This course covers: the context and setting of emergency management in the Untied States, theory and fundamentals of U.S. emergency management, the U.S. emergency management "system."

Units: 3

PH 154. Health Care Administration

Organizational design and managerial principles as they apply to the private sector of health care.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 160. Principles of Toxicology

Basic principles and concepts of toxicology with a particular emphasis on the regulation of environmental and industrial toxicants for man/woman.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 161. Environment and Human Health

General principles of environmental health with a particular emphasis on the interaction between man/woman and the environment. Environmental epidemiology, water, wastewater, air, solid waste, ionizing radiation, and noise. Focuses on prevention and control disease and injury caused by chemicals, food protection, air/ water quality radiation, hazardous waste, et cetera.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: IB

PH 162A. Environmental Health Concepts

Basic principles and concepts of environmental health with a particular emphasis on health hazards, communicable disease control, contamination control, food protection, rodent control, managing special environments, planned environments, and environmental health organizations. (Formerly HS 162)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PH 162B. Environmental Health Application

Prerequisites: PH 162A or concurrent. Problems of environmental health studied through field trips, observations, demonstrations, and seminars. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Formerly HS 165)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 163. Public Health Administration

Principles of public health administration, fundamentals of organization, and administration in public health.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 166T. Medical Entomology and Vector Control

Prerequisite: PH 162A. This is an online course. The content of the course explores the role vectors of disease play in human health. It also considers the basis principles and concepts of vector control. Particular emphasis is given to diseases vectored by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas, reduviids, and rodents.

Units: 3

PH 167. Public Health Laboratory Techniques

Designed to provide training in the use of laboratory procedures and techniques of adjusting and operating monitoring equipment used in water quality, air pollution, noise pollution, food sanitation, radiological health, and toxic substances. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) ( Lab fee, $25)

Units: 3

PH 168A. Occupational Health Concepts

Concepts of occupational health as they pertain to appraising and controlling environmental health hazards; occupational diseases, chemical, biological, and physical agents that produce organic or systemic damage. Problems in toxicology, measurement instruments, and evaluating health hazards. (Formerly HS 168)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PH 168B. Occupational Health Evaluation

Prerequisite: PH 168A. General principles of investigation for chemical and physical hazards commonly encountered in the occupational environment. Sampling strategies, quantitative analysis, combustible gases, organic vapors, and nonionizing radiation. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Formerly HS 147)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PH 170. Air Pollution and Health

A descriptive analysis of air pollutants encountered in the indoor and outdoor environments with an emphasis on assessment of risk, human health effects, and a review of federal and state regulations that apply.

Units: 3

PH 175. Environmental Internship

Prerequisites: completion of 21 units of the health science major (Core and Environmental Option courses). Provides practical experience in environmental health. Requires a 3.0 GPA in Health Science coursework, or permission of the instructor. Permission numbers required. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 182. Computers for the Health Professions

Introduction to the basic use and practical application of personal and mainframe computers in health-related professions. Laboratory use of computers covers word processing, SPSS, data entry, data management, principles of programming, and use of on-line databases. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3

PH 185F. Fieldwork in Health

Repeatable to 3 units in any one area, maximum total 6. Prerequisite: completion of 24 units of the health science major (Core and Administration Option courses). Provides practical experience in a community work setting. Requires a 3.0 GPA in Health Science coursework, or permission of the instructor. Permission numbers required. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 188. Health Education Internship

Prerequisite: completion of 24 units of the health science major (Core and Community Health option courses). Provides practical experiences in a community work setting. Requires a 3.0 GPA in Health Science coursework, or permission of instructor. Permission numbers required. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- [-LINK-]. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PH 202. Advanced Public Health Statistics

Prerequisite: PH 92 or equivalent. Theories and limitations of parametric testing: ANOVA, MANOVA, and regression. Focus on nonparametric testing and small samples including Kruskal Wallis, Median and Fischer tests. Preparation of data for computer analysis and interpretation of results. Resource issues related to data collection.

Units: 3

PH 203. Seminar in Community Health Organization

Prerequisite: PH 100. Individual research, analysis, and evaluation in relation to educational aspects of community health programs; group procedures; community organizations; selection, development, and use of media. Field assignments are required. (Formerly HS 203)

Units: 3

PH 206. Environment and Occupational Health

Application and evaluation of environmental health principles to air, land, water, waste, and occupational health with emphasis on contemporary issues.

Units: 3

PH 208. Health Promotion

Focuses on behavioral change techniques derived from many areas of applied research including behavior modification and social interaction theory. Information emphasizes the health relevant principles in each domain and shows how they can be used to understand or change public health problems.

Units: 3

PH 209. Advanced Concepts in Epidemiology

Prerequisites: PH 92, PH 109 or equivalents; computer statistics program competency. Advanced principles and methods of epidemiology. Includes methods of organizing surveillance data, defining cases, testing hypotheses, analyzing effectiveness of methods, summarizing studies. Advanced statistical methods will be utilized with emphasis on interpretation of results.

Units: 3

PH 210. Introduction to Health Policy

Prerequisite: PH 163 or equivalent. In-depth analysis of public health programs and policies with emphasis on skill development in health policy analysis. Group work will be required.

Units: 3

PH 213. Health Planning and Program Evaluation

In-depth analysis of the principles and practices in comprehensive health planning and program evaluation. Field assignments are required. (Formerly H S 213)

Units: 3

PH 223. Health Promotion and Policy Advocacy

Introduction to the fundamentals of the legislative process. Visits to and from local and state officials will be included. Information about the political process related to health promotion and policy will be the major focus of the course. Fieldwork assignments and travel may be required.

Units: 1

PH 225A. Foundation in Health Promotion

Prerequisite: PH 208. History and philosophy of health education. Psychological, sociological, economic, and political theories relevant to the mission and process of health education with special reference to schools and colleges.

Units: 3

PH 225B. Foundation in Health Promotion Part 2

Prerequisite: PH 208 and PH 225A. Application of theories, practices, and technology to health promotion programs.

Units: 3

PH 250. Social Factors in Public Health

Prerequisites: PH 202, PH 209 or equivalent. Advanced principles and methods of social epidemiology. Includes methods of describing how a range of social factors influence health outcomes, utilization and disparities. Expectation is that students will apply epidemiologic methods to study designs for policy analyses and research.

Units: 3

PH 251. Health Care Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 162 or equivalent. Topics include demand and supply in health services sector; implications of public and private financing alternatives; constraints on manpower training and entry; equity and distribution competition and regulation; issues of productivity measurments and utilization; and political economy of health care.

Units: 3

PH 252. Health Policy Development: Analysis and Process

Prerequisite: PH 210. Individual research, analysis and evaluation of health policy issues utilizing skills in evidence-based policy analysis. Special emphasis on assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of health program proposals, understanding the policy development process and developing strategies to influence policy outcomes.

Units: 3

PH 253. Management of Health Services

Prerequisites: PH 210, PH 250, PH 252. Focus on the application of relevant management theory to diverse health care settings, with special emphasis on refining management skills. Course will be taught as a seminar using case methods to illustrate and practice critical management theories and skills.

Units: 3

PH 280. Seminar in Techniques of Health Research

Research methodology, identification of health research problems, use of library resources, data gathering, and processing; writing a research report. (Formerly H S 280)

Units: 3

PH 285F. Fieldwork in Health

Planning, implementation, participation, evaluation in selected areas: safety, school health, community health, physical handicaps, occupational health, and environmental health. Approved for RP grading. CR/NC grading only. (Formerly H S 285F) (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 10 units

PH 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- [-LINK-]. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly H S 290)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PH 298. Project

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for MPH degree in Health Science. See [-LINK-]. A significant endeavor in health science that may include an educational booklet, audio visual presentation, evaluation of a health agency, or the development of an experimental device or piece of equipment. A narrative component is required which will follow a formal format adn shall include a written abstract. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly HS 298)

Units: 2-4

PH 298C. Project Continuation

Pre-requisite: Project PH 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the project. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

PH 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: See [-LINK-]. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly H S 299)

Units: 2-4

PH 299C. Thesis Cont

Pre-requisite: Thesis PH 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

Requirements

Master of Public Health Degree Program Requirements

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 following options: Health Promotion or Health Policy and Management. Each option includes a field experience and a culminating experience.

Each fall, the MPH program admits students who demonstrate high academic ability and promise and have the professional values and ethics appropriate to maintaining professional standards in the field. Applicants are expected to have a high degree of academic and professional preparation for this program and the ability to make significant contributions to the program.

Admission to the MPH program is a two-phase process. The first phase requires that a candidate meet the graduate divisions requirements for admission to the university, and the second phase is the admission to the MPH program. Applicants are required to complete the department application.

A. Admission to the university: A candidate must have achieved an under graduate GPA of 2.5 on the last 60 units and submit official copies of university transcripts, and scores on the GRE.

B. Admission to the MPH program: Candidates for admission to the program will be selected based on the following:

  1. Academic ability and preparation as demonstrated by: (a) 3.0 GPA in the major (b) scores on the GRE (c) official transcripts, and (d) satisfactory completion of all prerequisites.
  2. Professional capabilities as demonstrated through: (a) three letters of recommendation (from employers and at least one from a former faculty member) (b) a statement of intent, and (c) an oral interview.

Once admitted to the program the student will be assigned to a faculty adviser in the option selected, and under the adviser'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.

Graduate-Level Writing Competence. The university requires that students have graduate-level writing abilities before being advanced to candidacy for the master's degree. Students must demonstrate these abilities by passing the writing requirements in PH 280. Check the program's Web site for the most current copy of the policy.

Culminating Experience. A culminating experience is required of all California State University, Fresno students earning master's degrees. This requirement is met by completing a thesis, project, or 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 considering a thesis or project need to consult with the faculty very early in their graduate program to assure completion of the assignment prior to graduation. Selecting a thesis or project is recommended for students who may at some point consider working toward a doctoral degree. Students who do not participate in a thesis or project must complete a comprehensive written examination. Further information about this options is available from the graduate program adviser.

The MPH program is designed around the following framework:

Thesis or Project

Public Health Core (19 units)
Option (12 units)
Elective (3 units)
Field Experience (4 units)
Thesis or Project (4 units)
Total (42 units)

Comprehensive Examination

Public Health Core (19 units)
Option (12 units)
Elective (6 units)
Field Experience (5 units)
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.

Faculty

Name Degree Email Phone
Apkarian, Berj Master of Science bapkarian@mail.fresnostate.edu
Boswell, Marc T Master of Science mboswell@csufresno.edu
Capitman, John A Doctor of Philosophy jcapitman@csufresno.edu 559.228.2157
Dailey, William H Doctorate of Education wdailey@csufresno.edu 559.278.4212
Escamilla, Clara G Master of Public Health cescamilla@csufresno.edu
Espinoza, Alida Master of Public Health alespinoza@csufresno.edu
George, Ami J Master of Science jogeorge@mail.fresnostate.edu
Gill, Harnak S Master of Arts hgill@csufresno.edu
Gish, Peggy J Master of Science peggyg@csufresno.edu 559.278.2020
Gocke, Jessica A Bachelor of Science jgocke@csufresno.edu
Gonzalez, Jose A Master of Public Health josgonzalez@csufresno.edu
Johnson, Sean A Master of Education sejohnson@csufresno.edu
Joubert, Cassandra Doctor of Philosophy cjoubert@csufresno.edu 559.228.2166
Kotkin-Jaszi, Suzanne Doctor of Philosophy skotkin@csufresno.edu 559.278.5387
Krenz, Eric W Doctor of Philosophy erickr@csufresno.edu 559.278.4149
Krenz, Vickie D Doctor of Philosophy vickik@csufresno.edu 559.278.2684
Kwon, Jaymin Doctor of Philosophy jkwon@csufresno.edu 559.278.5169
LESSARD, LAUREN N Master of Public Health llessard@csufresno.edu
Laizu, Shahana Master of Public Health slaizu@csufresno.edu
Launer, Linda M llauner@csufresno.edu
Lopes, James B Master of Public Health jlopes@csufresno.edu
Matlosz, Donald L Doctor of Public Health donaldma@csufresno.edu 559.278.5089
Mills, Paul K Doctor of Philosophy pmills@csufresno.edu
Perez, Miguel A Doctor of Philosophy mperez@csufresno.edu 559.278.2897
Pinzon-Perez, Helda Doctor of Philosophy hpinzonp@csufresno.edu 559.278.5329
Rahman, Mohammad A Doctor of Philosophy mrahman@csufresno.edu 559.278.4222
Rutledge, Jared T Doctor of Philosophy jarutledge@csufresno.edu
Samaha, Manal K Master of Public Health manal@csufresno.edu
Sherchan, Samendra P Doctor of Philosophy ssherchan@csufresno.edu 559.278.4747
Tennant, Christopher J Doctor of Philosophy christe@csufresno.edu 559.278.2018
Thao, Chia Master of Public Health chiat@csufresno.edu
Thatcher, William G Doctor of Philosophy gthatcher@csufresno.edu 559.278.8807
Waite, Michael J Doctor of Philosophy michaelw@csufresno.edu 559.278.5093
Wood, Robin B rwood@csufresno.edu
Zografos, Kara N Doctor of Philosophy kzografos@csufresno.edu 559.278.5988