Each degree program offers courses that realize its curricular goals as applied to the professional demands on graduates of that degree.

1. Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Students enter with 60 credits of prior undergraduate courses and complete an additional 60 credits for the degree.

BS in Community Health (COMHE)

Description: Community health majors develop educational skills and a sound knowledge of public health to encourage effective individual and group action designed to maintain and improve the health of people in the community. Graduates with this degree develop, implement, and coordinate programs and campaigns that promote health. They also organize communities, neighborhoods and other large groups around issues related to health and disease. The goal of those with a BS in Community Health is to find ways to help communities maintain good health, prevent disease and secure treatment.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 120

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BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS)

Description: The Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) major at CUNY School of Public Health at the Hunter College campus is a diverse science-based program where students learn about food and its effect on our health. It offers a comprehensive study of the fundamental principles of food preparation and safety, nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition education. Classes are offered mornings and afternoons. NFS accepts students once a year in the fall semester.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 120

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2. Master’s in Public Health Degree Programs

All students complete a supervised fieldwork placement in which they have an opportunity to practice skills taught in the classroom. An accompanying seminar allows students to critically analyze these experiences. Students also complete a capstone project, research paper or Masters Essay and participate in a seminar in which they discuss their projects. Finally, each MPH student completes the courses for their specific specialization as well as the necessary electives.

MPH in Community-Based Public Health & Health Equity

Description: This specialization prepares students to assess community health needs, develop and evaluate interventions to promote health equity and work with communities and community organizations to improve health. Its graduates work for community organizations, voluntary health agencies, health centers and city agencies.

College: Lehman College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Community Health Education

Description: This specialization prepares students to plan, implement and evaluate community health interventions to reduce social and behavioral threats to health such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, HIV infection, infant mortality, and violence. It develops skills in planning, implementing and evaluating community health education and promotion programs. Its graduates work in local, state and federal health agencies; nonprofit health organizations; hospitals and health centers; and policy and advocacy organizations.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Description: This specialization prepares students to recognize, evaluate and control environmental and occupational threats to health. Its graduates work in local, state and federal environmental and occupational health agencies, labor unions, consulting firms, health and safety programs and businesses.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Description: This specialization prepares students to design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of urban populations. It consists of 2 specializations: one in Epidemiology and one in Biostatistics. Epidemiology students learn to understand the principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs; collaborate on applied population health research; interpret epidemiologic findings, effectively communicate research and finding to lay and professional audiences, and apply the findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Biostatistics students gain an awareness and basic understanding of advanced statistical methods and learn to apply core and intermediate level statistical methods to public health endeavors, such as data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. Graduates of both specialization are employed in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutions.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 45

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MPH in General Public Health

Description: This specialization provides an overview of various public health sectors and offers students a broad understanding of the public health system. Graduates work in various health settings as managers, administrators, researchers, and planners.

College: Brooklyn College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Health Care Policy & Administration

Description: This specialization provides students with an understanding of the health care and public health systems; the policy process; the political, social and economic context of health policies and the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives. Its specific focus is on the public health and health care sectors. Its graduates work as administrators and policy analysts in health care and public health agencies.

College: Brooklyn College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Health Policy & Management

Description: This specialization prepares students to plan and manage public health programs in a variety of urban settings; analyze the impact of health and non-health policies on population health; and advocate for policies that promote the health of urban populations. It emphasizes intersectoral approaches to policy and management in urban settings and the economic dimensions of health policy. Graduates work in health and other settings as managers, policy analysts or policy advocates.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Public Health Nutrition

Description: This specialization prepares students to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups. Students learn to assess the nutritional needs of various populations, to plan and implement nutrition and food programs and to manage nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. The specialization offers one curriculum for those who are Registered Dietitians (RDs) and another for those without this credential. Graduates work in hospitals; clinics; community programs; local, state, or federal government health departments and in international nutrition programs.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 45

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MPH in Public Health Geographic Information Science

Description: The public health geographic information science track offers courses in spatial analysis, computer-assisted cartography, geostatistics, and exploration and interpretation of geographic data as applied to public health, environmental justice and health equity. Internships and culminating experiences prepare students for careers as practitioners and researchers, or for pursuing doctoral degrees.

College: Lehman College

Credits: 45

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3. Master’s in Science Degree Programs

MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Description: This degree prepares students to assess and measure exposures to environmental and occupational hazards and to develop control strategies to remediate these exposures. It offers courses that develop the scientific framework and technical skills needed to achieve these objectives. Its graduates work as inspectors, health and safety specialists and industrial hygienists for government agencies, institutions, consulting firms and businesses.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 46

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MS in Nutrition

Description: This degree prepares students to attain the RD credential. It is an accredited didactic program (DP), completion of which certifies eligibility to apply for a dietetic internship. Courses prepare students to assess nutritional needs, plan and manage food and nutrition programs and provide nutrition education and counseling in clinical settings. Graduates work for hospitals and health centers, nursing homes, food service companies and in private practices.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 41

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4. Dual Master’s Degree Programs

MS/MPH in Community/Public Health Nursing/Urban Public Health

Description: The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College offers a CCNE accredited dual-degree program in community/public health nursing leading to an MS/MPH. Students learn to apply public health theories and research findings to nursing practice with an emphasis on community health education. It prepares students who are already Registered Nurses to assume leadership roles in community health nursing in a variety of health care settings including home care, public health, and community- based agencies.

College: Hunter College

Credits: 57

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5. Dietetic Internship Program

Description: This program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The IP provides a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience to meet the competencies for entry-level dietitians and the standards of education set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics(ACEND), the accrediting arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

College: Hunter College

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6. Doctoral Degree Programs

In keeping with the interdisciplinary focus of the DPH program, all students are required to take courses in urban public health, courses within a specialization area, at least one doctoral course outside of public health, and additional courses in research methods, theory or public health practice. Course selection is determined through consultation between the student and the faculty advisor.

DPH Specializations:

  • Community, Society & Health
  • Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management

DPH in Community, Society & Health

Description:

This track prepares researchers and public health practitioners to advance scientific understanding of the social determinants of health, health behaviors, the delivery of health services and development of sound health policies. CSH graduates will be able to lead, plan, manage, and evaluate community health interventions. The track draws on the methods and theories from multiple disciplines to prepare students to design and implement public health research studies.

College: CUNY Graduate Center

Credits: 60

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DPH in Environmental & Occupational Health

Description:

The EOH track trains doctoral-level researchers and teachers about Environmental and Occupational Health problems affecting populations. Students with environmental science, occupational health, industrial hygiene, environmental policy, environmental epidemiology, and other related backgrounds will focus on Environmental and Occupational Health regulation as well as planning and its impact on human health. The curriculum combines an understanding of how elements of the urban infrastructure – e.g., the built environment, commerce and productive activities, energy and communication systems, water, waste management and transport systems – interact with macrosocial trends (e.g., demographic, economic, and political processes) to affect environmental conditions (e.g., air, water, land and workplace) and human health. Coursework and research is aimed at furthering scientific understanding of the ways in which urbanization compromises the physical environment and human health as well as the ways in which it promotes health. Such topics as environmental sustainability, environmental justice, economic viability, and political participation will be examined.

College: CUNY Graduate Center

Credits: 60

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DPH in Epidemiology

Description:

The mission of the Epidemiology Track of the DPH Program is to train epidemiologists as researchers and public health practitioners with a set of core competencies making them capable of rigorously applying epidemiological and biostatistical methods to the wide array of public health challenges. This includes the ability to: authoritatively generate, contribute, and disseminate new knowledge to their fields through research; to be critical consumers of evidence generated by others in their field; and to become independent, lifelong learners in development and application of epidemiologic methods. This mission is achieved through teaching of epidemiologic methods and their applications to pressing public health problems, promotion of independent learning, and hands-on mentoring of rigorous, impactful and innovative epidemiologic research in the dissertation phase.

College: CUNY Graduate Center

Credits: 60

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DPH in Health Policy & Management

Description:

The HPM track prepares students for careers in research, teaching, policy analysis and organizational analysis in the broad fields of health services, health policy, and health management. Students will select a concentration in either Health Policy or Health Management. Students who choose Health Policy as a concentration will develop a nuanced understanding of how a range of mechanisms, systematically associated with policy, influence population health. Students who choose Health Management as a concentration will incorporate organizational theory and analysis in understanding how organizational structures, networks, and behavior influence health of populations.

Credits: 60

College: CUNY Graduate Center

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