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Global Health

Upon completion of the Global Health MPH Program a graduate is able to practice global health with a transformational development worldview, seeking positive change in the whole of human life materially, physically, socially, psychologically and spiritually. The M.P.H. degree in global health prepares global health practitioners who are technically competent and cross-culturally skilled to create and manage sustainable health and development programs in diverse settings and populations. The Program uses an experiential, model of learning that builds on The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals adapted to global and local underserved environments. The program's global and local faculty and organizational resources and connections afford a broad spectrum of options for students to learn and practice global and local public health. The program prepares practitioners who work in non-governmental, civil society organizations, faith-based, and community-based organizations; county and state health departments; private foundations; and public health enterprises and public health practice organizations. Graduates also find positions in UN, international and multilateral organizations, such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, and US Government organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Those with prior field experience and additional language/s proficiency (for example, French or Spanish) generally have advantages for these positions. The curriculum is organized around principles of: • a Christian, faith-based worldview that informs activities in the practice environment. While Christian, all faiths are respected and included, as faith plays a major role in how communities address adversity and make decisions about health. • global health within a transformational development context and approach and the social, cultural, economic and environmental determinants of health; • social justice, human rights, and equity among vulnerable populations. • supporting and empowering communities, families, and individuals in their efforts to attain optimal health and development; The Program is designed with two parallel competency tracks: • a series of knowledge-based courses for broad, comprehensive knowledge of the major concepts and issues in global health, the structure and governance of global health, and analytical and program skills to design global, national and local level health programs. • a series of skills-based courses building competencies in program planning, management and evaluation, project proposal preparation, partnership relationships, teamwork, communication, collection and use of community data, quantitative and qualitative research, advocacy, leadership, etc., through community partnerships and projects in the local and global environments. Learner outcomes Graduates are expected to demonstrate: Analytical / Assessment Skills: Assesses the burden of disease and health status of a population* and the factors influencing health (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and utilization of health services; access to other services). Demonstrate understanding of global health within the context of development. Program Planning, Management & Evaluation: Designs ethical and culturally appropriate interventions for population health programs, including goals, measurable objectives, activities and program budgets. Uses evidence in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving programs and services. Prepares proposals and applications for funding, complying with global health and health care funding mechanisms and procedures. Implements population health programs, and services, including monitoring and reporting on program progress and budget Cultural Competency: Understands and describes how language, culture, values, socioeconomic status, geography, education, race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, profession, religious affiliation, mental and physical abilities, and historical experiences. influence policies, programs, services, and the health of a population at a regional, national, sub-national or community level. Incorporates cultural diversity in program interventions and services. seeks information and opportunities to learn about different cultures, customs, beliefs and the perspectives of partners. Community Dimensions of Practice Skills: Conducts community health assessments of health status, factors influencing health, and needs and assets. Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares information, connects people to resources). Engages community members to improve health in a community e.g., focus groups, talking circles, formal meetings, key informant interviews. Leadership and Systems Thinking: Analyzes health systems in high, medium and low-income count

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Admissions Note

Loma Linda University, School of Public Health has a rolling admissions for our MPH programs only. We will accept and examine applications as they are received, instead of waiting to judge all applications concurrently. This gives you the advantage of finding out early on whether or not you have been accepted. Admission Requirements (in addition to the required program requirements) include: 1. Transcripts from all universities attended 2. Official GRE (or equivalent) scores - applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and higher or with program specific/relative work experience can request a GRE waiver. Waiver only applies to the master's programs and is determined on a case by case basis. Please contact Stephen Sledge at to see if you qualify. 3. Three letters of recommendation (preferably two academic and one professional) 4. Secondary application (emailed to you once SOPHAS application is verified and complete) International application may require additional documentation (see link below) For GRE scores, even though we do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, 30th percentile or higher in each of the three sections of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is considered competitive. If you have questions contact Alumni Profiles:


Fall 2017 | US applicants: 9/10/2017

Winter 2018 | International applicants: 10/1/2017

Winter 2018 | US applicants: 12/1/2017

Spring 2018 | International applicants: 1/5/2018

Spring 2018 | US applicants: 3/1/2018

Summer 1 2018 | International applicants: 4/1/2018

Summer 1 2018 | US applicants: 6/1/2018

Fall 2018 | International applicants: 7/1/2018

Fall 2018 | US applicants: 8/1/2018

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    Loma Linda University School of Public Health


    Loma Linda, CA

    Office of Admissions

    Office of Admissions and Academic Records, Nichol Hall 1705, Loma Linda, CA, 92350

    Tel: (909) 558-8776

    Fax: (909) 558-4087


    Loma Linda University School of Public Health

    Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. LLUSPH is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). We’re the only accredited Christian school of Public Health in the state of California. 


    Public Health is at the heart of the mission of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH). The school of public health, founded in 1967, continues to be the hub for public health initiatives at LLUH, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian organization. Our commitment to our students is an exceptional learning experience that instills confidence and skills that shape leaders in public health and beyond.


    LLUH’s mission is to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, “To make man whole.” We believe wholeness is the harmonious relationship that exists when healthy individuals are able to thrive in resilient communities supported by sustainable systems of health. We prepare our students to view public health challenges from a global lens and with an eye on equity. Match your passion and drive with a hands on learning experience through our master’s and doctoral programs. 

    Working Professionals 

    We are the only school of public health in the country that offers an MBA in Health Care Administration. If you’re a working professional, our MBA degree incorporates time spent in a management or business setting toward degree requirements. With our online offerings, you can learn around your busy schedules. Our online programs include the MPH and DrPH in Health Education, MPH in Population Medicine, and MPH in Lifestyle Medicine. 

    Peace Corps 

    The LLU School of Public Health is partnered with the Peace Corps for our Master’s International Program (MIP) and Fellows/USA programs. MPH/MIP students complete coursework on the Loma Linda campus in one of seven majors at LLUSPH before entering the Peace Corps to fulfill the field experience requirement. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, you are eligible to enter the Fellows/USA program where you can gain credit for your overseas experiences. 


    Faculty – Public health professionals who back up their scholastic teaching with real-world experience teach our programs. At LLUSPH there is approximately one faculty for every 10 students in our programs. 


    Local and Global – Take your passion all over the world. We belong to an international network of 29 hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Locally, in San Bernardino, CA, we offer opportunities with programs, projects, centers, and active grants for students to gain practical experience in the field of public health. 


    Career Services – LLUSPH recognizes that education is a means to an end. Our career center offers workshops on topics ranging from how to use professional software, writing a lit review, plagiarism and abstracts that get read. The career center also offers help on resumes, cover letters, interview skills, how to dress, and everything you need to know in and outside of the classroom. 


    Interdisciplinary – We are right next to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, a world class teaching hospital and 8 schools including Nursing, Pharmacy, Religion, Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health. The close proximity to other schools and professions, all within walking distance, offers many opportunities for collaboration. 


    Start Today – Start the application process now. There has never been a better time to join and grow the field of public health. 

    MPH | MS – rolling admissions MBA | DrPH | PhD – fall enrollment only

    Learn More 

    To get more information about LLU School of Public Health’s programs, please visit our website or call (909) 558-8776 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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