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Department of Public Health

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About the Department of Public Health

As a vibrant and growing unit in the college, the Department of Public Health offers courses and programs based on the principles of public health practice. The department offers degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s level, which are accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health. Both degrees prepare students for careers with federal, state and local government health agencies, as well as the private sector and non-profit organizations.

Today’s varied coursework is designed to provide the maximum opportunity for problem-solving approaches to complex issues in the operational, environmental and human factors confronting health care systems. Graduates from Public Health go on to serve the community with careers in environmental health, community and public health, occupational health and the allied health professions. The students, faculty and staff within the department are committed to improving the quality of life for those in the Central Valley region and beyond. 

Degree and Certificate Options

Information and Resources

Congratulations on seeking educational opportunities in the field of public health! On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff in the department, I wish to thank you for visiting the website for the Department of Public Health at California State University, Fresno.

The Public Health Department is proud to host one of the most diverse faculty, staff, and student bodies in the university, to offer unrivaled academic programs, and to house nationally and internationally renowned faculty. During the last five years, students in the Public Health Department have presented at national conferences and have been selected as Dean Medalists in the College of Health and Human Services.

The Department of Public Health offers undergraduate academic degrees in Public Health - Formerly Community Health, Health Administration option, and Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety option. The Department also offers a 24-unit minor. Additionally, students enrolled at Fresno State who are interested in alcohol and drugs can complete our 12 unit certificate program, which can be combined with a major or minor in the program or be taken as a stand alone program without Public Health as your declared major.

Graduate academic offerings include a Master of Public Health with an option in Health Promotion. Our programs are designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for our graduates to succeed in today's health marketplace.

Please stop by our office in McLane Hall 184 or call us at (559) 278-4014 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Miguel Perez, Ph.D. and M.C.H.E.S.
Professor and ad Interim Chair

Please follow the instructions below if you are interested in applying for a part-time teaching position for the Department of Public Health.

1.) Fill out a University application on our website here.
2.) Submit cover letter
3.) Resume/vitae (please include what you have been doing in your field)
4.) List of courses you feel that you can teach (you can find this on the website university catalog) and availability. 
6.) 3 letters of recommendation (addressed to Dr. Miguel Perez)

Accreditation Information 

The Bachelor's degree option in Environmental Occupational Health and Safety is accredited by the State of California Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of Public Health

The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health