Metro Health Academies
Where College Success Meets Social Change



Frequently Asked Questions


These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the MHA program. Feel free to contact us if your question is not answered here.

What is MHA?

Who can apply to MHA?

What are the prerequisites for participation in MHA?

How long is the MHA program?

Can I participate in MHA at San Francisco State University (SFSU)?

What happens after I complete the MHA program?

What classes will I take as part of MHA?

How do I apply?

How do I register?

How can I learn more about MHA?


What is MHA?

MHA is a program designed to give students extra academic support and additional exposure to issues of social justice. Students in MHA are part of a cohort, or learning-community, moving through two-three semesters of MHA courses and health-infused general education courses together. There is close advising to help students stay on track with their course selection and the MHA courses are designed to reinforce and strengthen the skills students are learning in general education courses (writing, speaking, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning) while grounding them in a social justice context. Students will begin to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of meaningful work in public health, social services (from social work to mental health to the non-profit sector), the health care professions, or community organizing. Studying in the Metro Health Academies prepares you to help our communities move toward health and social justice!

Who can apply to MHA?

Anyone ready for English 92 or ESL 160 or higher can apply to the program. Admissions is ongoing, seats are available until filled. Please see the Prospective Students page for more information.

What are the prerequisites for participation in MHA?

You must complete the application and be enrolled at City College of San Francisco. Completion of the MHA application is not a substitute for completion of the CCSF admission application. Please check the CCSF website for deadlines and application.

In addition, in order to begin in MHA at CCSF, you must take the Placement Tests, taken by all students (unless exempt) before enrollment in classes at CCSF. Please go to the CCSF testing website for more information.

How long is the MHA program?

The MHA program will take at least one year to complete. Students must be at the English 1A and Math 840 level to complete the final two semesters of MHA coursework (Level II and III) in a learning community. For students not yet at that level, we will work with you to develop an individualized plan based on your English and Math placement.

Can I participate in MHA at San Francisco State University (SFSU)?

Yes! MHA will be offered at both campuses. The process for applying to SFSU is a bit different than the CCSF process. Please refer to www.sfsu.edu/~hed for more details.

What happens after I complete the program?

MHA is designed to help you transfer to the CSU. Once your requirements are complete, you may transfer to any major to complete your Bachelor's Degree. MHA is a fast track to majors such as Health Education, Sociology, Child & Adolescent Development, Urban Studies, Political Science, Recreation, Leisure & Tourism, and Psychology.

What classes will I take as part of MHA?

See the Course Sequence for more detail.

How do I apply?

Please visit our Prospective Students page to download the application form.

How do I register?

Once you apply and are accepted into the program, you will get more details as to how to register for your classes.

How can I learn more about MHA?

Call us at (415) 239-3513 or email us at mha@ccsf.edu or freedman@ccsf.edu.