The Community Action for Health Concentration of the Master of Public Health (MPH)
Program at Touro University California provides students with a broad-based foundation
in the fundamentals of public health. The Community Action for Health Concentration
is designed for those who are most interested in working for organizations that support
and promote public health, including state public health departments, hospitals, managed
care organizations, local, federal, and governmental agencies, community health organizations,
research and academic institutions, philanthropic and voluntary health agencies, and
The main objectives of the Community Action Concentration are to:
Prepare individuals for careers in community and public health organizations, within
the framework of legal, ethical, moral and professional standards.
Prepare students to identify the environmental, psychological, social, biological,
and public policy factors that shape the health of individuals and populations.
Prepare students to take action to ameliorate the factors that negatively influence
health status and promote those that are health-enhancing.
Prepare students to respond to the health needs of communities, especially those communities
that face unique vulnerabilities.
These core components of public health are complimented with the following courses
that provide specialized tools for assessing and addressing the health needs of the
► Health Education and Promotion (3 units)
► Health Disparities & Community Organizing (3 units)
► Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment (3 units)
► Research Methodology (1 unit)
Total: 10 units
A total of 42 units is required for Independent MPH students in the Community Health
Concentration. In addition to the 10 units of concentration courses, students must
complete 15 units of core public health courses (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health
Policy and Management, Environmental Health, and Behavioral and Social Aspects of
Public Health), 10 units of elective courses, and 7 units of coursework that comprise
the Culminating Experience.
After completing elective courses, students proceed to their culminating experience,
comprised of the Public Health Field Study (400 hours/6 units for Independent MPH
students and 200 hours/4 units for Dual Degree and Joint Degree students) and the
Capstone Course (1 unit).
The purpose of the Public Health Field Study is for students to apply and integrate
the skills and knowledge they acquire during their graduate didactic coursework, translating
that experience to programs, policy development, educational campaigns, and research
that benefit communities. The Public Health Program has successfully developed collaborations
with local departments of health, community organizations and non-governmental organizations
engaged in public health activities. These partnerships provide our students many
sites from which to gain field study experience. Students in the Community Health
Concentration conduct their field studies under the guidance of site preceptors and
course coordinators at affiliated public health organizations, hospitals, managed
care organizations, government agencies, health departments, community organizations,
and advocacy programs.
The field study is followed by the Capstone Course-- the integration of coursework
and field experience. Students may choose a singular applied project, which requires
a formal written manuscript and public presentation, or a comprehensive exam demonstrating
their mastery and ability to integrate and apply core public health principles to
issues that may confront public health professionals.
Community Health Career Opportunities
A number of rewarding career opportunities are available for graduates of the Public
Health Program Community Action for Health Concentration. Graduates complete the program
with knowledge and skills that are adaptable to many settings including:
Government Agencies - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health,
and State, County, and City Departments of Health.
Voluntary Health Agencies - These include such major organizations as the American Cancer Society, the American
Heart Association, and the American Lung Association, and community-based health advocacy
Health Care Settings - Graduates may work in a variety of settings, such as community health clinics and
hospitals focused on disease prevention and health promotion. Click Community Health Career Resources for helpful online resources.