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Each degree program offers courses that realize its curricular goals as applied to the professional demands on graduates of that degree.
Students enter with at least 60 credits of prior undergraduate courses and complete an additional 51 credits for the degree.
(Note that Hunter College requires a total of 120 credits to graduate.)
BS in Community Health (COMHE)
Description: Community health professionals work to improve the health and well-being of entire communities. While clinical health professionals might treat an elderly diabetic patient, a teenaged victim of a gunshot wound, or a child with asthma, a community health professional will work to understand and reduce a community’s elevated risk for diabetes, violence or asthma through a social justice lens. At Hunter College, students in the Bachelor of Science program in Community Health will learn to analyze how both social structures (including poverty, racism and environmental exposures) and behavioral choices shape a community’s health. They will take courses in health disparities, epidemiology, public health biology, and community health assessment to develop their analytic skills and courses in health communications and social media to learn tools for addressing public health problems. This program is designed to prepare students for work in community-based and human rights organizations, family planning clinics, mental health centers, homeless shelters, research centers, media organizations, as well as in city, state and national health departments. Credits: 111 Additional Information
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. Credits: 120 Additional Information
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 Health Education
Description: The Community Health Education program is the social and behavioral sciences arm of the CUNY School of Public Health’s MPH degree program at Hunter College. The program is designed to help students develop the competencies they will need to promote health in urban communities—competencies in assessment, community engagement, program development, grant writing, research, and evaluation. The program focuses on the social determinants of disease and health inequalities with a corresponding emphasis on structural theories of change, informed by social justice principles. Graduates work in a variety of organizations across public and nonprofit sectors in New York and beyond, including service, advocacy and health care organizations. Credits: 45 Additional Information
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. Credits: 45 Additional Information
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. Credits: 45 Additional Information
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. Credits: 45 Additional Information
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. Credits: 45 Additional Information
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. Credits: 45 Additional Information
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. Credits: 46 Additional Information
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. Credits: 41 Additional Information
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. Credits: 57 Additional Information
Description: This dual degree program will meet a variety of training, employment, community and population needs; it will help to: 1) Meet the need for interdisciplinary practitioners, who are capable of working across levels, disciplines and sectors to address complex public health and social problems. 2) Address the need for an affordable public option for dual degree training in New York City. 3) Help to address workforce shortages, resulting from several recent trends, including: on-going federal and state budget cuts that have left a large number of vacancies resulting from retirement or turnover have been frozen or left unfilled. 4) Address community needs for integrated social work and public health services. Additional Information
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. Additional Information
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
- 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. Credits: 60 Additional Information
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. Credits: 60 Additional Information
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. Credits: 60 Additional Information
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 Additional Information