San Diego Health Science Schools with Degree Program Overviews

Oct 01, 2018

Research health science degree programs in San Diego, which currently has a few colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two schools within 40 miles of the city, and decide which is right for you.

Schools with Health Science Programs in San Diego

Although students in the San Diego area who are interested in studying health science have limited school options, they can find relevant programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels at five schools. One is just 17 minutes from the city, while the another is about 45 minutes away. The article examines the schools and their programs. It also includes a table of information that allows prospective students to compare these schools. The table contains facts on each school's enrollment, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate.

  • San Diego State University, around 10 miles from downtown, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in public health.
  • About 40 miles from the San Diego city center, MiraCosta College in Oceanside offers an associate's degree program in liberal arts with an emphasis in applied health, nutrition and kinesiology.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when choosing a college. This table presents some pertinent information that prospective students should know.

San Diego State University MiraCosta College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 35,158* 14,617*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,460 in-state; $19,340 out-of-state* $1,152 in-state; $6,768 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 59%* 61%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 35%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 89% for full-time students and 67% for part-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate 74% overall and 3% transfer-out rate (for students who began in Fall 2011)* 31% overall and 18% transfer-out rate (for students who began in Fall 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1897, making it the oldest college in the San Diego area. The school is also the largest in the area, enrolling more than 35,000 students each year. San Diego State offers two degree programs for students interested in health science through its Graduate School of Public Health.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The bachelor's degree in public health program is designed for students who want to improve health education programs for various groups. Students take classes in nutrition, psychology, microbiology, community health education, social work and chemistry. The major prepares students for entry-level positions in hospitals, government agencies and private organizations. Students desiring supervisory positions are encouraged to earn a graduate degree in public health or social work.

Master of Public Health

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health program can choose from concentrations in areas that include biometry, environmental health, epidemiology, health promotion and health management. Each of these concentrations requires 51 units of coursework to complete. Applicants to the MPH program should possess at least a bachelor's degree and have a GPA of 2.85 or better. Students in the epidemiology concentration have the opportunity to complete some of their coursework at the University of California - San Diego's School of Medicine.

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a 2-year public school that enrolls more than 14,000 students a year. The school is located approximately 40 miles from San Diego. The school's health science degree program falls under the division of health, nutrition and kinesiology.

Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts with Emphasis in Applied Health, Nutrition, and Kinesiology

MiraCosta College's associate's degree program with an emphasis on applied health, nutrition and kinesiology helps prepare students for careers in health science and other related fields. Students enrolled in this program take classes in biology, anatomy, chemistry, nutrition, biostatistics and sociology. Students intending to transfer their credits from the associate's degree program to a bachelor's degree program must meet with a student adviser to ensure they take all the courses required by their target universities.

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