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Concentration Overview

The Community Action for Health (CAH) Concentration provides students with a broad-based foundation in the fundamentals of public health and prepares students to work with communities to achieve health equity through the promotion of social justice policies and practices. The CAH Concentration is designed for those who are most interested in working for state and local health departments and other public health focused organizations.

Our mission is to educate the next generation of health professionals on the social, cultural, and environmental contexts that determine opportunities for health and to work through collaborative partnerships to improve health equity within local communities.

As part of the CAH concentration students will have an opportunity to:

  • apply evidence-based practices, policies, and programs in a local context grounded in a framework of national, regional, and state public health priorities.

  • contribute to improving the health of residents in the City of Vallejo and surrounding Counties, acting collaboratively with community partners on systems change.

  • participate with faculty on community based research projects that work to promote social and health equity.

  • build a deep understanding of the public health challenges and opportunities in Vallejo and surrounding Counties through working directly with community leaders and members.

Community Action for Health Curriculum

Concentration Courses:

In addition to completing all required core courses, CAH students will take two CAH concentration courses which focus on applying public health theory focused on social, environmental and health equity in a local community context.

  • Community Health Promotion (3 units)

  • Social Inequities in Health (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 benefits 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. Visit Community Health Career Resources  for helpful online resources.

 Community Action for Health Faculty

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