The Public Health Education concentration prepares graduates for professional positions in public health agencies, community-based organizations, health care, tribal health, and international organizations. The curriculum is competency based in compliance with standards set by the Council on Education for Public Health and by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Monideepa B. Becerra
We are committed to the broad mission of public health, defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as “enhancing health in human populations through organized community effort.”
Our mission is to develop public health professionals who are prepared to assume leadership roles in population-based settings in order to promote, preserve, and restore health of local and global communities as a result of working to reduce health disparities and generate health equity. Preparation includes development of knowledge and skill to assess community resources and needs; to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs; and to organize and coordinate activities in diverse populations as they pursue improved health.
Vision and Values
Our vision is to serve as a community resource for promoting public health and to be recognized as a leader in creating health equity and social justice through health education and promotion programs and services in our diverse communities.
Our values serve as a guide in the work we do in the pursuit of effectiveness and excellence in the work of public health.
A respect for all people in global and local communities and to appreciate diverse cultures’ perspectives, and beliefs as we promote population health.
Fairness and social justice in addressing population health.
Using an ecological framework and reasoned debate in collaborative approaches across disciplines to advance scientific knowledge, and improve population health.
Student centered learning
A dynamic learning community that fosters engaged learning where students have a voice in the process of their education including practical opportunities for problem solving.
Actions to achieve equitable access to public health, health resources, and public policies.
Innovative approaches to educate and inspire faculty and students in teaching, learning, and addressing public health matters.
Honesty and mutual respect in teaching, learning, and public service as we engage students in activities to advance a sense of profession as they assume duties and responsibilities in public health.
Engagement by faculty and students in methods that foster comprehension of the extent of current public health knowledge and the role of research to contribute to future public health knowledge and solutions.
Goal 1: Design, implement, and evaluate a competency and practice-based academically rigorous program.
Goal 2: Ensure all program students are prepared to assume public health related jobs.
Goal 3: Sustain an environment of academic rigor through its faculty and student body.
Goal 4: Prepare students to conduct ethically-based public health research.
Goal 5: Foster an environment for faculty exploration of public health research.
Goal 6: Strengthen relationships between the program faculty, students, and public health workforce in the service area.
Goal 7: Promote active involvement of faculty and students in serving the Inland Empire and the community at-large.
Goal 8: The program will have the fiscal and other resources needed to sustain itself.
Goal 9: The program will promote and sustain diversity to reflect the service area population and needs.