School of Nursing and Health Studies

Master of Science in Community Health and Social Justice


Master of Science in Community Health & Social Justice

Working together for social justice and healthy communities 

  • Have you, your family, or community had trouble accessing necessary healthcare?
  • Are you interested in examining the root causes of health inequity and how health and well-being are shaped by structural factors and systems of oppression such as: racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.?
  • Do you want to develop your capacity to collaborate with communities, address systemic health challenges, and promote social justice.

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Join us for change!

Learn from world-class faculty and community partners who care about these issues, just like you.

You will graduate prepared to work in a variety of fields and settings in the public and private sectors regionally, nationally and globally ready to meet the critical need for health professionals. With the advanced knowledge and applicable skills gained in this program, graduates are equipped to dismantle racism, promote social justice, build capacity for health equity and develop culturally-relevant health programming for just and equitable solutions. 

After graduation, you are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Master Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Public Health (CPH) exam.

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Jason Daniel-Ulloa, Lecturer

"What excites me the most about this program is how different it is from others I have been involved with. From the diversity of faculty experience and expertise, to the unique student population that we have in our Health Studies program, this Masters program should prove to be very different from  more  traditional Masters in Public Health programs; deeply focused on the equitable and respectful approach to community health." 
Jason Daniel-Ulloa, PhD, MPH (he/him/his), Assistant Teaching Professor


”While students have regional options available regarding a master’s degree in a health-related study, our program integrating community health with an explicitly anti-racist, anti-oppression, and social justice lens is the only program in the state with this specific combined focus.”  
Grace Lasker PhD, MCHES®, CN, CHC (she/her/hers), Teaching Professor

Sunita Iyer

"Amongst the great options for our students to pursue other health systems-related, the masters degree is a stand out with interdisciplinary teaching faculty, critical thinking around leadership and justice in health systems, and a deep commitment to re-imaging equitable and inclusive healthcare and health systems." 
Sunita Iyer, ND, LM (she/her/hers), Assistant Teaching Professor

Important information at a glance

  • Entry date: Fall quarter 2023
  • Application priority deadline: June 1 (rolling admisssions thereafter as seats are available)
  • Duration: 2 years full time or 4 years part time
  • Format: Hybrid courses, cohort learning
  • Credits: 60 quarter credits
  • Estimated total tuition: $36,500 full time or $52,000 part time (2022-2023)