Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities

Why the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities program? 

The CDU Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers an immersive experience rooted deeply in understanding community, population health, and the foundations of social justice. With our program, you gain unparalleled insights into urban health disparities, the pivotal social determinants of health, and a clear vision of health equity.  

This expertise positions you as an invaluable asset to organizations and institutions aiming to serve diverse patients, especially within underserved communities. Our students have the unique opportunity to engage with nationally and internationally acclaimed CDU research faculty, participate in impactful community-based research projects, and sharpen their skills in public health grant-writing and health policy formation. 

Added to this, the program offers unique experiences like the opportunity to study abroad in Cuba, contribute to the pioneering COVID-19 Racism and Equity Task Force, and collaborating with CDU’s groundbreaking Black Maternal Health Center of Excellence. Choosing the CDU’s MPH program isn’t just about pursuing an academic degree; it’s about defining your journey as an impactful public health visionary and advocate.

Applied Practice Experiences 

Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities program complete an applied practice experiences in a variety of settings, including: 

CDU MPH students conduct their applied practice/field experience in various organizations that serve the health needs of communities in medically underserved

  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health  
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospitals 
  • Cedar Sinai Hospital 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Center 
  • AltaMed and APLA Health and Wellness  
  • BreastFeedLA 
  • Bridge to Home Santa Clarita Homeless Services 
The MPH program at CDU has been a fantastic experience for learning essential skills and creating a space to think critically about health equity and social justice.”
Shelby-‘Anelalani Baptista
Shelby ‘Anelalani Baptista , Class of 2022

Career Options

Students who complete the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities program pursue careers such as: 

  • Public Health Program Project Managers 
  • Environmental Health Officers 
  • Public Health Program Developers
  • Grant Writers 
  • Researcher Assistants
  • Public Health Investigators 
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Masters of Health Science Physician Assiantant (MHS-PA)
  • Medical Education (MD)

Questions? Contact Us.

Sondos Islam, PhD, MPH, MS
Department Chairperson
Claudia M. Corleto, MEd
Program Coordinator II
Jennifer E. Alvarez, MPH
Project Manager

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).   

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