Loma Linda University School of Public Health

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Loma Linda University
School of Public Health
Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Established 1948[1]
Type Private
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
President Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH[2]
Provost Ronald L. Carter, PhD[3]
Dean Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH
Location Loma Linda, California, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Regent Red and Platinum Gray         
Website http://www.llu.edu/public-health
Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Loma Linda University School of Public Health

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health offers degrees in earth and biological sciences; environmental health and geoinformatics sciences; epidemiology, biostatistics, and population medicine; global health; health policy and management; health promotion and education; and nutrition.


The School of Public Health started as the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine in 1948. The School officially became the School of Public Health in 1967.[1]


The School of Public Health academic departments include:

  • Earth and Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Health and Geoinformatics Sciences
  • Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Population Medicine
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Promotion and Education
  • Nutrition


The School offers many degrees including:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Distance education[edit]

The School of Public Health is known for its programs in Russia, Peru, Guam, Hawaii, and elsewhere. Although the School does not currently offer programs at a distance, it does offer online programs:[4]

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Education
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Tobacco Control Research Methods


  • Adventist Health Studies
  • Center for Health Promotion
  • Center for Health Research
  • Center for Public Health Preparedness
  • Office of Public Health Practice and Workforce Development
  • Research Consulting Group
  • Writing Center


The School of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and has maintained that status since 1967.[5] The School is also regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (AAA).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD - Author, "The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients"[6]
  • Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH - Researcher of the connection between laughter and health;[7] Associate professor, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University
  • Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN, CNS - Director of Lifestyle Medicine Institute; Founder of and speaker for Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP)[8]
  • Don Hall, DrPH, CHES - Founder and CEO of Wellsource, Inc., a health risk assessment solutions and wellness systems company.[9]
  • Ernie Medina, Jr., DrPH - Co-Founder and CEO of MedPlay Technologies[10]
  • Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH - Doctor of Public Health in Nutrition, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University. LLU 2006 Centennial Vanguard Award. Distinguished Service Award presented by the California Walnut Commission for leadership and nutrition research for the health of consumers. Presented February 22, 2007[11]
  • David R. Williams, MPH, PhD - Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health; Executive Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America; Altarum Institute Distinguished Scholar[12]

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Coordinates: 34°03′08″N 117°15′36″W / 34.052348°N 117.259955°W / 34.052348; -117.259955