Some of the unique offerings of the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) at San Diego State University include an MPH in global emergency preparedness and response and a PhD in global health.
The Institute for Public Health is practice-oriented and handles about $3 million annually in grants and contracts that are transitional in nature, taking science and evidence-based public health and turning these findings into best practices in the community. Many faculty members are principal investigators on grants and contracts totaling over $20 million per year, making them some of the most productive faculty in public health research.
The city of San Diego experiences border issues related to health and violence, large Latino and refugee populations exhibiting many health disparities and fragile environments such as the sea and deserts. As a result, students have many opportunities to immerse themselves in communities that are struggling to improve their health status.