Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The CDU MPH program in Urban Health Disparities continues the University's tradition of addressing the health and education needs of underserved communities. Cultivating highly competent and committed health professionals, our MPH program offers an academically rigorous environment uniquely focused on the urban social determinants of health.

The CDU MPH program is a cohort-based five-semester (including summer) scaffolded sequenced curriculum of 45 competency-based semester units. The program currently accepts full-time students for Fall semester matriculation only. MPH students must continue to be fulltime graduate students each semester, i.e., MPH students must register for at least three 3-unit MPH courses each semester (9 graduate units), as scheduled in the MPH curriculum, to remain in the program and complete the MPH degree. MPH classes are offered once a year and are held in the evenings from 6-9 pm three days a week, conducive for working adults.

The CDU MPH program offers intimate evening classes conducive for working adults and provides opportunities for students to conduct research with COU faculty, participate in community-based research, acquire public health hands-on skills, advocate for social justice and health equity, and develop innovative public health programs. Learning in South Los Angeles, students are exposed to public health within a health disparities framework and join a historic institution that has both geographically and demographically linked itself with underserved communities of color.

Multiple Opportunities for Public Health Professionals 
Our program provides working professionals with the skills, networks, and credentials needed to advance in the field of public health, such as:

  • Federal, state, and local health agencies
  • Community-based health organizations
  • Research institutions
  • Non-governmental health agencies
  • Health services/maintenance organizations
  • Hospitals and ambulatory medical centers