Winter Term for MPH Health Education

Another quarter went by – that was fast! All of you are in our prayers as you work on your final assignments and prepare for your final exams. As the quarter comes to a close, we would like to encourage that you complete your registration early, so you can spend your holiday break worry-free :-). As always, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail myself, your program director, or your advisor. We are here to serve you!

Know your academic record! In this video our APO coordinators guide you on how to access your DCR.

Follow your individualized program plan closely to ensure you are registering for the correct classes. If you do not have it, please contact Academic Programs Office at

Registration Dates

January 3 – March 17, 2017 – Winter Term
December 5, 2016  – January 3, 2017 – Registration (without late fee)
January 4 – 10, 2017 – Late registration (late fee of $200)

January 17 – Last day to withdraw with no record on transcript
February 29 – Last day to withdraw with a “W”

Which Courses Are Available This Winter?

Below is the list of fall course offerings. Program courses are those required for your degree.  Those of you who have registered for AHCJ 519, be sure to continue the registration in that course by adding the new CRN to your registration. The electives/cognate courses offered this winter are listed below for your consideration. Be sure to consult your program plan and your academic advisor as you select the courses for this term. Click on the course of interest to see the course description and the CRN number.

Program Courses

PCOR 502: Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle

(CRN#31040) 5 Units.

Provides an integrated public health core experience focusing on the health of individuals, identifying factors influencing behavioral and physical health. Introduces service learning. Major focus areas include biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and social behavioral sciences (health education). Also includes general public health principles and cross-cutting content as viewed through the lenses of faith, health equity, and global health.
Prerequisite: PCOR 501 or PCOR 511.

HPRO 538: Health Education Program Development and Evaluation

(CRN#31272) 3 Units.

Uses program-planning theories and models with diagnostic techniques to design, deliver, and evaluate health promotion and education programs in a variety of settings: community, occupational, educational, and health care. Presents steps in the health educational planning process, which involves: 1) conducting social, epidemiological, behavioral, environmental, ecological, educational, administrative, and policy assessments; 2) writing goals and objectives; 3) selecting appropriate intervention strategies; 4) integrating and applying behavioral and educational theories to interventions; 5) enhancing instructional delivery and design skills; and 6) evaluating the educational process and reporting results.

AHCJ 519: Graduate Wholeness


Students develop a portfolio that demonstrates the graduate student’s progression toward the student learning outcomes set by Loma Linda University—including wholeness, Christ-centered values, commitment to discovery and lifelong learning, effective communication, embracing and serving a diverse world, and collaboration.

HPRO 696: Directed Study

(Submit an Independent Title Study Request to obtain CRN)

Individual arrangements for the community experience under the guidance of a program faculty member. Minimum of thirty hours required for each unit of credit.
Prerequisite: HPRO 538 and consent of program director.

Cognate/Electives Options

HPRO 553: Addiction Theory/Program Development

(CRN#30191) 3 Units.

Applies addiction process theory in a practical way to program development. Emphasizes alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) problems, using case studies and extensive reading as part of a problem-solving approach. The epidemiological, pathological, physiological, psychological, and spiritual bases for prevention and treatment of addictions. Laboratory included.

HPRO 565: Tobacco Use: Prevention and Intervention

(CRN#30311) 3 Units.

The second part of a three-part, module-based course. Provides a comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology that underlies the health impact of tobacco use on individuals, families, and society; smoking behavior; pharmacodynamics of nicotine delivery; mechanisms of nicotine addiction, and most importantly, intervention methods (cessation and prevention). Includes individual, group, systems, and public intervention strategies; and provides the measures of efficacy for each. Incorporates terminology and concepts in epidemiology, anatomy, physiology, immunology, endocrinology, and biochemistry. Recommended that EPDM 561, 562 also be completed if HPRO 565 is taken as an elective.

NUTR 534: Maternal and Child Nutrition

(CRN#31271) 3 Units.

Advanced study of the role of nutrition in human growth and development during the prenatal period, lactation, infancy, and childhood.

HADM 528: Organizational Behavior in Health Care

(CRN#30615) 3 Units.

Focuses on understanding, predicting, and influencing human behavior in an organization. Students gain experience using practical individual and group case studies and reading/researching organizational behavior books and topics that facilitate thinking through problems/issues and finding solutions as leaders, managers, and employees in organizations.

HGIS 536: Spatial Analytic Tech and GIS

(CRN#30615) 3 Units.

Modeling and analyzing complex spatial relationships through GIS technology. Selective retrieval of spatial information and computation or mapping of statistical summaries. Advanced methods of analysis using spatial statistics.

EMPR 525: National and International Emergency Preparedness and Response

(CRN#31265) 3 Units.

Utilizes a case-study approach to examine the actions and interventions of public health practitioners and emergency managers in multiple phases of a disaster. Emphasizes development of an operational understanding of the emergency support functions that have national and global application, as well as the public health emergencies faced by global communities.

EMPR 540: Seminar in Emergency Preparedness and Response

(CRN#31266) 3 Units.

Utilizes current events and case studies to illustrate current issues in emergency preparedness and response. Guided discussions on infectious disease, isolation, and quarantine; WMDs; biosurveillance and medical countermeasures; surge capacity and medical evacuation; psychosocial impacts; role of technology. Emphasizes situational analysis, public relations, and risk communication.


Depending on your program catalog, the program allows you to take 12-13 units of elective courses. These may be courses you choose in consultation with your mentor. Alternatively, you may select a cognate area of interest for a more in-depth study of that area:
Dr. Donna Gurule explains the cognates.
Lifestyle Interventions (13-14 units)

HPRO 526: Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction (3 units)
HPRO 500: Stress Management (2 units)
NUTR 529: Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating (2,3 units)
HPRO 573: Exercise Physiology I (3 units)
HPRO 553: Addiction Theory and Program Development (3 units)

Maternal Child Health (12 units)

not available online
HPRO 523: Maternal/Child Health: Policy and Programs (3 units)
NUTR 534: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition (3 units)
HPRO 556: High-Risk Infants and Children: Policy and Programs (3 units)
HPRO 614: Seminars in Maternal and Child Health Practice (3 units)

Non-Profit Management (12 units)

not available online
HADM 577: Governance for Non-Profit Excellence (3 units)
HADM 578: Foundations of Fund Development (3 units)
HADM 579: Legal Issues in Nonprofit Management and Policy (3 units)
HADM 580: Foundations of Leadership (3 units)

Emergency Preparedness and Response (16 units)

EMPR 524: Local and State Emergency Preparedness and Response (4 units)
EMPR 525: National and International Emergency Preparedness and Response (4 units)
EMPR 526: PH Issues in Emergency Preparedness and Response (4 units)
EMPR 540: Seminars in Emergency Preparedness and Response (4 units)

Health Care Administration (13 units)

not available online
HADM 534: Healthcare Law (3 units)
HADM 555: Healthcare Delivery Systems (4 units)
HADM 601: Health Systems – Operations Management (3 units)
HADM 605: Healthcare Quality Management (3 units)

Health Geoinformatics (12 units)

HGIS 524: GIS Software Applications and Methods (3 units)
HGIS 535: Integration of Geospatial Data in GIS (3 units)
HGIS 536: Spatial Analytic Techniques and GIS (3 units)
HGIS 547: GIS for Public Health Practice (3 units)

Nutrition Electives

NUTR 509: PH Nutrition and Biology (3 units)
or NUTR 510: Advanced PH Nutrition
NUTR 529: Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating (2 units)


As you go through your didactic courses, you should start considering what you would like to do during your practicum. Please review the videos below to be best prepared for your practicum experience.

The Practicum Director, Marci Andersen provides you with an introduction of how you can begin preparing for your practicum experience
Meet your practicum instructor, Rachael Lawrence

The following items must be completed prior to your first planning appointment:

Once you have completed all of the practicum preparation steps, please contact the practicum coordinator, Nona Grove (, who will guide you through the practicum arrangements.

HPRO 696 Directed Study… What do I do?

If you are planning to register for this course this fall, be sure to start early!!!

Steps for HPRO 696 Registration:

  1. Discuss your project plans with your advisor
  2. Once plan is approved, fill out and submit the Independent Study Title Request form
  3. Wait to receive the CRN number in your LLU e-mail
  4. Register for the course

Registration-related questions should be directed to

Questions regarding the choice of project should be directed to your Program Director, Anna Nelson (


LiveText is a comprehensive accreditation management system that Loma Linda University uses for learning assessment. During the course of your program you will be requested to submit several of your assignments into Livetext. While these assignments will not affect your grades, they will help us, your faculty to assess the effectiveness of the program. Stay tuned – we will soon be providing you with additional information on how to set up and access your LiveText account.

Student Success

We understand that life doesn’t stop when you enroll in our program. If you find you are having difficulties in keeping up, contact your mentor and the office of academic records, so we can come up with the plan for success tailored just for you!

Get familiar with the student handbook and make sure you know your program catalog.

Caitriona Sansonetti, Office of Academic Records keeps track of your success in the program
As a part of your culminating experience there are several non-course requirements you need to complete in order for the timely posting of your degree. To see what your remaining requirements are, please access to your Degree Compliance Report (DCR) in your Student Services portal. In the culminating experience you are required to demonstrate the ability to integrate the specified areas of public health–administration, epidemiology, statistics, environmental health, and health behavior. These are the components of the culminating activity:
Comprehensive Examination

You have the option of registering for CHES exam or taking a comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam has 50 Multiple Choice and True/False questions. The students will be tested on the knowledge and skills presented in core Health Education classes. The best preparation for the test is to review notes from your classes. Most of the questions are based on your knowledge of health education and you will be asked to apply the knowledge you have gained during the program to different scenarios. It will help however, to review goals and objectives, program planning/evaluation, as well as have a basic understanding of the health behavior theories.

To schedule the exam contact the program director, Dr. Anna Nelson

Professional Portfolio

The Culminating Experience gives a common platform for students to demonstrate proficiency in the professional competencies required of public health practitioners. This non-course degree requirement is designed to enhance the student’s professional communication skills by developing a professional presence and demonstrating proficiency in and service within the Public Health profession. This process involves collaboration with and mentoring by the program faculty advisor. The items selected for inclusion into the Culminating Experience will be developed into a professional portfolio with the intent to prepare the student for a job interview. Additional information on this requirement may be found at this link: Professional Portfolio

The student’s advisor will be responsible to verify all content and evaluate using a rubric, with an acceptable score received on the portfolio prior to graduation.  If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact Dr. Anna Nelson

Poster Presentation
At this stage, most of you would be registered or completing your practicum. In addition to the reports and the final paper you will submit to your practicum instructor, you will get to share your experience with students, faculty, and staff during the SPH Practicum Poster Presentation event usually held at the end of the term. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please communicate with the practicum coordinator.
Exit Interview
The purpose of the Exit Interview with the Program Director is for us to learn about your experience in the MPH Health Education program. There is little preparation needed for the exit interview. You will need to fill out a brief survey and have a face to face meeting with the Program Director via zoom. To schedule this interview please e-mail Dr. Anna Nelson at the start of the term during which you are graduating.

Wholeness at LLU

Dr. Carla Gober, Asst. Prof. school of religion and Director, Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness, discusses ways for students to stay spiritually charged through LLU Online.


Chapel Casts – Live stream every Wednesday, 11 am PST

University@Worship – Archives of all chapel programs since April 2014

The “Life on the Line” series zeroes in on LLUH service to its community.

Check out the Campus Ministries webpage for Prayer Requests, the LLUH Spiritual Plan for 2016-2020, and information about Seventh-Day Adventists.

Library Access

Your LLUH user name and e-mail password provide you with full access to journals and articles online through the LLU library.

Online Learning Tips


We know life happens – numerous events (relocation, wedding, new job, loss of a loved one) may affect the pace at which you are working. Do communicate with your professors, your advisor, APO coordinators, your program director, so we can work with you in developing the best plan for success.

Get to know your professors

Connect with them via e-mail, telephone, and zoom.

Check CANVAS daily

Your active participation in the online discussions is essential for the success of the course. Visit your course pages daily to provide feedback to the class and check for announcements.

Keep your eyes on the goal

There will be times you may feel overwhelmed, but never forget why you decided to take this program.

Pace yourself

Remember the importance of WHOLENESS. Don’t forget to take time for your physical, social and spiritual health.

Create a schedule

Take time to organize your own schedule. Add all the important due dates to your own calendar on your phone or your e-mail agent. While online learning does not have a face-to-face component, it still requires you to stay on top of the deadlines. Don’t fall behind!

Stay organized

Typically, courses will have their own routine. Take time to learn what the requirements are for each course. Create and clearly designate folders on your computer, so the materials for each course and module may be easily found.

Have a consistent study space

Have a consistent study space free from distractions. You may need to reorganize your home or office space but make sure to plan on the best learning environment for yourself.

Connect with your classmates

Your classmates could be a great sounding board for new ideas and can provide valuable advice and mentorship.


Percentage of online students starting 2014 who have graduated or are completing their degree later this year.

Your Health Education faculty are here to serve you.

The Health Education MPH Online Faculty

If you have any questions…

Please don’t hesitate to e-mail or telephone your mentor. You are also always welcome to request a video-conference meeting via ZOOM.

Dr. Peter Gleason
Dr. Daniel Handysides
Dr. Patti Herring
Dr. Anna Nelson