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Community Action for Health Concentration Chair, Professor Annette Aalborg


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 non-profit organizations. 

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 public:

► 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. 

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 organizations.

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.

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