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  APRIL 03, 2009
Loma Linda SPH Extends Doctoral Education to Central California

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health is making one of its doctoral programs available to residents of California’s San Joaquin and Central valleys. The program will start in Fresno this September.

Ten to 15 students will earn a doctorate of public health in health education, offered by the Loma Linda University School of Public Health department of health promotion and education. The department is targeting the degree toward working professionals who have earned an MPH or other related degree.

The four-to-five year degree will be taught in a hybrid format, with some classes offered online and some on location in Fresno in an intensive classroom setting.

The idea for the program was initiated when two professors from the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno approached Loma Linda University about filling a need in the area for an accredited doctoral degree in the field of public health.

"What is exciting about this venture is the unique opportunity to meet the needs of a diverse community and train individuals who are unable to leave their jobs and family to study within the walls of a university," said Dr. Naomi Modeste, chair of the department of health promotion and education.

For more information, contact Dr. Modeste by E-mail at or by phone at (909) 558-4741.