Degrees & Programs

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 Health Education

The Community Health Education program is the social and behavioral sciences arm of the CUNY School of Public Health’s MPH degree program. 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

MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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

MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

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

MPH in Health Policy & Management

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

MPH in Public Health Nutrition

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

Master’s in Science Degree Program

MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

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

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

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: 48

DPH in Environmental and Occupational Health

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: 48

DPH in Epidemiology

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: 48

DPH in Health Policy & Management

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: 48

Certificates and Internship Programs

  • Public Health Advanced Certificate
  • Population Health Informatics Certificate
  • Certificate in Social Marketing for Health
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Internship

Public Health Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Public Health consists of the 5 public health core courses: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Social and Behavioral Health; Environmental Health; and Health Policy and Management. The certificate will provide students with a core set of skills for all public health professionals. The certificate will serve as a potential pipeline for students entering an MPH program. Completion of this certificate program will prepare students for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is the only professional certification in public health. Credits: 15

Population Health Informatics Certificate

The Population Health Informatics Certificate focuses on the application of technology in designing and deploying interventions to address public health challenges in the 21st century.

Certificate in Social Marketing for Health

This course gives students an in-depth understanding of the techniques that achieve positive health-related behavior change in local, national or international settings. Upon completion of the program, students earn a non-degree certificate in Social Marketing for Health from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The 12-week program covers the fundamental concepts of social marketing and includes deep analysis of specific social marketing cases. In addition, throughout the course, students develop and refine a social marketing plan that can be implemented in a real-world setting. Plans are designed in consultation with faculty and fellow students.

Nutrition and Dietetic Internship

The Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program is the second of three steps needed to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  The first is to complete the required course work in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).   Then, after completing the internship, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam.