Welcome to MPH Health Education!

Dean’s Welcome

A welcome message from Dr. Helen Hopp Marshak, Dean of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

Message from the Program Director

Dr. Anna Nelson, Program Director for the MPH in Health Education Online, welcomes you to your program.

The Academic Programs Office will assist you in developing your individualized program plan, which you will follow throughout your MPH journey. Stay in regular communication with this office to follow the right steps as you progress through your program.

Navigating through Registration

LLUSPH Academic Programs Coordinators, Lisa Wilkens and Julie Pifer, walk you through the all the important steps of the online registration process.

What Are the Cognates?

The program allows you to take 12 units of elective courses. These are the courses you will choose in consultation with your mentor. Alternatively, you may select a cognate area of interest for a more in-depth study of that area.

Assistant Dean for the Masters Programs, 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)

Introduction to CANVAS

A quick walk-through the basics of using CANVAS.

CANVAS is a Learning Management System that we use to house all our digital teaching assets in one place.

Access CANVAS with your LLU email and password.

Registration Dates

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


Student Success

Assistant Dean for Academic Records, Wendy Genovez shares key points on student success.

Hybrid Courses…

Some of the elective courses may be offered using the ZOOM platform. These classes are marked as SECTION 152 in the course schedule. Zoom allows you to join the classroom from a distance. If you feel you would enjoy this format, do note the class times under the course schedule. It is advised that you log in at least 30 minutes in advance of the class scheduled time to ensure everything is set up and ready to go. Please watch the video to the right of the screen and review this handout to learn how to join the classroom using zoom. Should you need any help please Paul Hisada or Ming Ji for technical support.

How to join a Zoom classroom

Paul Hisada (phisada@llu.edu)

Paul Hisada (phisada@llu.edu)

Director, IT Services

Ming Ji (mji@llu.edu)

Ming Ji (mji@llu.edu)

IT Services

In addition to class participation zoom is useful as it allows for face to face communication with your professors and classmates. For further information feel free to explore the Zoom support site.

Wholeness at LLU

Dr. Carla Gober, Director for Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness, discusses ways for students to stay spiritually charged through the online program.


Chapel Casts – Live stream every Wednesday, 11 am PST

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

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.

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!

Pace yourself

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

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.

Connect with your classmates

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

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.


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.


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

On behalf of all faculty for the Health Education MPH, welcome to Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

The Health Education MPH Online Faculty

Your assigned faculty mentors are here to provide you with that personal connection to Loma Linda University. It is essential that you communicate regularly (at least once a quarter) with your assigned academic mentor as this is an important key to your academic success. Remember, we are here to serve you!

For the final step of your orientation…

Please e-mail your advisor (the name is included in your acceptance letter) to schedule a video-conference meeting. Your advisor will provide you the detailed information of how to set up and use ZOOM for your meeting.

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