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Welcome to the Department of
Public Health

Acting Department Chair Michele Wood

Lilia Espinoza, PhD, MPH
Acting Department Chair

Dr. Lilia Espinoza will be serving as Acting Department Chair during the Spring 2024 semester while Dr. Wood is on sabbatical. Dr. Espinoza received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and her doctorate in Preventive Medicine specializing in Health Behavior Research from the University of Southern California. She teaches undergraduate courses in research methods and promoting health in diverse populations and will teach a class soon on Latinx health. Dr. Espinoza has conducted evidence-based, primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions with Spanish-speaking Latinx immigrants; probation youth; HIV-infected women and their children; and health care providers of patients living with HIV. She now focuses on training students in Latinx nutrition and chronic disease prevention to diversify the nutrition workforce. The department is fortunate to welcome Dr. Espinoza in this role!

Michele M. Wood, PhD, MS
Department Chair 

Welcome to the Department of Public Health website!

As time passes from the recent global COVID-19 pandemic, public health continues to be of critical importance to the health and wellbeing of our nation. Confronting systemic and structural racism, achieving health equity, countering the negative effects of climate on health, preventing violence, managing the use of artificial intelligence in the public health workforce, and preventing future pandemics continue to challenge public health practitioners, policy makers, and advocates. It is an immense privilege for our department to play a part in the important work of training the public health workforce. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing faculty colleagues and staff in serving our students. The beautifully diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students and their commitment to improving the health of our communities is a true inspiration!

The Department of Public Health offers:

  • A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health with 5 concentrations: Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Global Health, Health Education and Promotion, Public Health Nutrition, and General Studies
  • A minor in Public Health
  • A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with 2 areas of emphasis: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (An emphasis in Epidemiology and Applied Health Data is currently being developed)

To our prospective students, faculty, staff, and community partners, I encourage you to contact us and let us help you reach your goals!
To our incoming students, welcome to the department! We have exciting things planned for the coming years.
To our graduating students, congratulations on your achievements—we are so proud of you!

Wishing you the best of health,
Michele M. Wood, PhD, MS
Professor and Chair

College of Health and Human Development News

Department Events, Spring 2024

  • Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) Induction Ceremony, February 23, 2024
  • Scholarship Applications deadline, March 1, 2024
  • MPH Alumni Event, March 12, 2024 (tentative)
  • National Public Health Week, April 1-7, 2024
  • Experience CSUF Day, April 13, 2024
  • HHD Student Research Showcase, April 16, 2024 (call for abstracts released 2/1/24)
  • Public Health Policy Sacramento Conference, April 22-24, 2024 (tentative)
  • Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) Awards Ceremony, May 3, 2024
  • MPH Awards and Hooding Event, May 16, 2024, 5-7pm
  • Commencement, May 21, 2024, 5pm