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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health and Recreation Video

Department of Public Health and Recreation

Formerly Health Science and Recreation

Office: Spartan Complex, 201

Telephone: 408-924-2971

Email: healthscience-group@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/phr/


Miranda Worthen (Public Health)

Associate Professors

Monica Allen, Chair (Public Health)
Josh Baur, Recreation Program Coordinator (Recreation)
Susan Ross (Recreation)
​Ni (Jennie) Zhang (Public Health)

Assistant Professors

Rachel Berkowitz (Public Health) 
Anji Buckner-Capone (Public Health)
Andrew Carter (Public Health)
Marcelle Dougan, Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Public Health)
Vicky Gomez, Master of Public Health Campus Format Coordinator (Public Health)
Chulwoo Park (Public Health)


The Department of Public Health and Recreation prepares leaders and practitioners who promote health and improve the environments in which we live, work, learn, and play. We strive to embrace a Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner Model through student, alumni, faculty, and community engagement to advance practices in public health and recreation fields. Our undergraduate curriculum in public health examines the multiple dimensions and determinants of health (physical, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual) and the scientific and practical basis for understanding and promoting health at the population level (including epidemiology, policies, and community health) to create the optimal, meaningful conditions for health and wellness for all.

Our recreation degree program, founded in 1947 (the oldest undergraduate recreation degree program in the State of California), has a core curriculum continuously accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1987. We offer concentrations in Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy, as well as a minor in recreation and a minor in recreation and nature.

Founded in 1970, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1974 and is offered in two formats. Our campus format is a regular session and offers the flexibility to complete the program full or part-time. Our synchronous online format is offered through the College of Professional and Global Education as a cohort model completed in two years. Our MPH students engage in an integrated program of learning, scholarship, and internships in partnership with a diverse network of community agencies.

The Public Health and Recreation undergraduate and graduate programs incorporate student-centered curricula with our commitment to community development, social justice, interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. We emphasize rigor and innovation, high-impact experiential learning, and career-focused application.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)


    SJSU Online

    The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. These upper division degree completion programs are offered through a special session that requires a separate application process. If interested, please contact one of our Enrollment Counselors for more information.


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