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So I'm having a hard time deciding between Loma Linda and another Cal State (either Fullerton or Long Beach).

Tuition wise, cal states will be significantly less. I'm not sure which program is better though for the Health Promotion/Education field.

I plan on hopefully residing in California after my education, with the intent of possibly getting a PhD (way later down the road). Any suggestions?

Anybody going to be a Fall 2010 MPH student @ Loma Linda? Or current students from there? Your input is much appreciated!
 
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So I'm having a hard time deciding between Loma Linda and another Cal State (either Fullerton or Long Beach).

Tuition wise, cal states will be significantly less. I'm not sure which program is better though for the Health Promotion/Education field.

I plan on hopefully residing in California after my education, with the intent of possibly getting a PhD (way later down the road). Any suggestions?

Anybody going to be a Fall 2010 MPH student @ Loma Linda? Or current students from there? Your input is much appreciated!
I have many friends who attend Loma Linda for dental, nursing, and medical programs. Most of them decided to go there because they did their undergraduate at Pacific Union College, which is also a Seventh-Day Adventist school.

Loma Linda is an accredited school, whereas the CSU's are not (please correct me if I'm wrong). But Loma Linda does have the religious environment in an academic setting, very expensive tuition, and horrible weather. Also, it seems like no one knows much about their public health programs. If you're planning to get a PhD later on, then it wouldn't hurt to go to a CSU for your MPH.
 
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I have many friends who attend Loma Linda for dental, nursing, and medical programs. Most of them decided to go there because they did their undergraduate at Pacific Union College, which is also a Seventh-Day Adventist school.

Loma Linda is an accredited school, whereas the CSU's are not (please correct me if I'm wrong). But Loma Linda does have the religious environment in an academic setting, very expensive tuition, and horrible weather. Also, it seems like no one knows much about their public health programs. If you're planning to get a PhD later on, then it wouldn't hurt to go to a CSU for your MPH.
WHAT! Of course CSU's are accredited schools! In fact, all CSU's and UC's are accredited (except for UC Merced, as it is a new school and is still recieving approval).
 
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Both CSUF and CSULB have their MPH programs accredited through CEPH. I personally chose Fullerton over some top-tier universities due to the one-on-one attention you get from the faculty. Also, CSUF does a smaller cohort of about 30 people admitted per year. I would look at the faculty from each school and their current research projects. See if any of the them are a good match. I work full-time for a county health department, and the program has worked well for me.
 

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with the intent of possibly getting a PhD (way later down the road). Any suggestions?
The bigger and better the name of the school you do your MPH, the better your shot of getting into a better school for your PhD because you will be exposed to more research opportunities and have a chance to hone and define your interests better. Admissions committees for doctoral programs also look favorably at a school that is easily recognizable, so keep that in mind, too.
 

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I graduated from Loma Linda and had a very good experience. They are CEPH accredited. Some of the programs are better than others. Is there a particular program that you are interested in?
 
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Any LLU people out there know which programs are good? I'm most interested in the MPH in Environmental Epi program. The quality/rigor/respect with in the field of LLU is so elusive to me.

Someone above mentioned that going to the better-known school was wise if one was considering going on to the doctoral level... but I'm not from Cali, so I don't know whether they meant LLU or CSU!