What will I learn?

The mission of the Health Science Department is to aid and encourage students’ development into competent professionals and life-long learners who are responsible for community health/public health disciplines, including health education and related areas. The program fosters the development of health professionals who are person-centered and sensitive to the diverse qualities and the changing face of today’s health care delivery system. Upon graduation, our students are able to facilitate the physical, psychological and social well being of people, individually and collectively, in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic metropolitan context.

Community Health Education

The Community Health Education Option is designed for individuals interested in the links among lifestyle, social and physical environments, and good health. The occupational objective of those selecting this option is to serve as a community health educator in public or private health care agencies, voluntary organizations, medical clinics or corporate settings. Health educators use a variety of communication strategies, policy implementations, teaching methods and creative learning experiences to promote voluntary actions, and informed decisions conducive to health. Health educators are specifically trained to:

Assess health education needs.
Provide communication regarding the distribution and determinants of disease and injury.
Plan, develop, implement, manage and evaluate health education programs
Participate in social planning, advocacy, and coalition building.


Alumni of the Department are leaders in public health and health education. Students who major in Health Science may choose to pursue careers in teaching, program planning, or administration in a wide variety of settings including:

secondary schools, community colleges/universities
local and county health departments and agencies
volunteer agencies such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Planned Parenthood
hospitals and health clinics
industrial corporations
health maintenance organizations
community-based organizations

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,142.00 per year
Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Health and Human Services

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Boulevard,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 500; Internet-based (iBT) 61

IELTS 5.5 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 43

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.