The Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Policy and
Leadership is designed to provide advanced training to address
the health needs of diverse communities. Students will learn how
to enhance their practical skills for implementation of health
policies and promotional tools to reduce health risks and
protect populations. They will also gain the tools to work with
legislators, health advocates and leaders in the profession to
impact policies and regulations that affect public health.
The program is offered in a cohort-based, hybrid class format,
providing working professionals the flexibility to attend classes
at night and complete the degree in two years. As public health
practitioners, students will prepare for leadership positions
across promotion and policy in the public, private and
government sectors. Please note this is not a STEM
Please join us at our final information session this academic
year to learn about our MPH program and the admission
process to the Fall 2024 Cohort.
Flexible hybrid schedule, with one evening of classes per
Curriculum combines training in health policy and promotion
Culminating experience focused on solving a public health
problem in the community
Learn to serve local populations through a social justice
Self-guided practicum requirement that helps students explore
new areas of practice
Sacramento location allows for insight on policy-making in
Degree can be completed in two years
Designed for working professionals, this program offers a high
level of flexibility. A health-related background is not
necessary to pursue this master’s degree; however, 2 or more
years of full-time professional work experience in public health
(or related field) is preferred. The program is ideal for
advancing or transitioning to a career in Public Health
Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an
accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from
the last undergraduate or graduate degree completed.
Admitted students who do not have a baccalaureate degree in
public health are required to take a non-credit, online,
training module before starting classes, with a passing score of
80% or higher, in order to prepare them for the program
content. The fee for the online training module is
The Masters in Public Health can be completed in two years,
including one summer (five consecutive semesters). Classes are
offered in hybrid format, with classes taking place in person two
evenings per week. With a practice-based approach to coursework,
students will learn the foundational material and apply it
in a real-world setting.
Three intensive residencies will be required
throughout the program over one weekend: one at the start of the
program, one in the middle and one at the very end. Students will
also participate in both practicum and
capstone project requirements that
complement their professional experience. The practicum is a
guided field experience that will be completed in the summer,
which includes a consultative position providing technical
assistance to local organizations to help solve community issues.
The capstone is a culminating project, to be completed in the
final term, where students devise practical solutions for a
pressing public health concern.
Foundational knowledge competencies are prerequisite knowledge
that students are expected to have when entering the MPH program.
Students may demonstrate mastery of the competencies in either of
the following two ways:
Successful completion of the MPH 100 course with a score of
80% or higher on all course assessments.
Students are informed once they have submitted their Intent To
Enroll (ITE) as a final step in the admission process whether
they must complete MPH 100 in order to matriculate as a student
in the MPH program. MPH 100 is a self-paced asynchronous course
with a cost of $200. Students must complete the course and final
exam before the first day of their first semester in the MPH
Sacramento State is fully accredited by
the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Sacramento State’s Master of Public Health’s individual program
accreditation application was accepted by the Council on
Education for Public Health (CEPH) in January 2023. The MPH
program now embarks on a 2 year self-study for Council approval
in Spring of 2026. If granted accreditation based on the
self-study, the accreditation of the MPH is retroactive to the
date of the application acceptance (January 2023).
Course fees for this program are on a per-unit basis, currently
at $650 per unit. Students pay for each course as they
enroll. Additionally, admitted students who do not have
a baccalaureate degree in public health are required to take
a non-credit, online, training module before starting classes,
with a passing score of 80% or higher, in order to prepare
them for the program content. The fee for the online training
module is $200.
Application fees include the $70 non-refundable university
application fee paid online through CSU Apply, and a $50
departmental fee which is paid upon formal admission to the
program. Admitted students will be given instructions for
how to pay the $50 departmental fee.
You will be responsible for additional university fees related to
program completion such as the graduation application,
graduation date change (if needed), culminating experience
workshop, thesis upload, graduation regalia and continuous
enrollment (if needed).
To assist with completing some Financial Aid forms, please see
the MPH Program of Study flyer for course titles and more
information. You can also find semester begin and end dates in
academic calendars. (Please note that CCE class dates may