The San Francisco State University Department of Health Education prepares public health professionals to work at individual and community levels for health equity and social justice, through a participatory learning environment that integrates theory, research and practice; honors diversity through a cultural humility lens; and fosters teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills.
The curricula of the BS in Health Education and MPH in Community Health Education focus on social ecological and systems models as lenses through which public health intervention scientists map their efforts. The root causes of health inequities are identified, and interventions seeking to change social structures and the environments where people live, work and play are promoted as effective avenues to improve individual and community health. Students are challenged to think critically about matters of inequity, structure and change.
Faculty engage in widely recognized innovative research, teaching and service in interconnected areas. These include, among others, the built environment, community and coalition building, LGBTQ health, harm reduction and educational equity.