DPH Programs

Please note that we will be holding a DPH information session on November 7, 2018, from 6-8pm at CUNY SPH. You can find more information and RSVP here.

Doctor of Public Health Degree (DPH)

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


Core DPH Competencies

  • Identify, develop, evaluate and recommend policy and programmatic interventions to improve population health at individual, community, government and country levels based on empirical evidence of social, political, cultural, biological, economic, historical, behavioral, environmental, and global factors in health and disease.
  • Assess the mechanisms and pathways by which factors influence individual and population health.
  • Design and conduct etiological, intervention, policy, implementation science and other empirical studies that contribute to new knowledge about population health
  • Synthesize and apply methods, theories and data from multiple disciplines to understand and solve population health issues.
  • Generate, translate, communicate, and disseminate population health evidence to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to facilitate the goals of population health research and practice.
  • Design and deliver innovative educational experiences that promote learning about population health in academic and practice-based settings
  • Implement professional and organizational ethical guidelines in population health research and practice.
  • Secure resources to conduct population health research and practice


Typical DPH Curriculum

Core Coursework
PUBH 810 Cities, Society, and Health 3
PUBH 812 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research 3
PUBH 811 Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
(DPH-EPI students take BIOS 820 instead)
PUBH 813 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
PUBH 814 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar 3
EPID 820 Epidemiologic Methods I 3
Concentration Coursework 21
Practice Experience
PUBH 896 Practicum Project 3
All students take two examinations to test their mastery of the curriculum. Students must apply in advance to take each exam and students must be in good academic standing to apply. The First Exam is given after students have completed core coursework. Students work on the Second Exam after all required coursework has been completed except PUBH 816 and the dissertation (PUBH 900 & PUBH 898). Students cannot take PUBH 816 or begin their dissertation research until they have passed this exam. 0
PUBH 815 Advanced Research Seminar I 3
PUBH 816 Advanced Research Seminar II 3
PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
Culminating Experience
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Total Credits 48


DPH in Community, Society & Health

DPH in Community, Society & Health 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. Admissions and Curriculum Information

DPH in Environmental & Occupational Health

DPH in Environmental & Occupational Health 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. Admissions and Curriculum Information

DPH in Epidemiology

DPH in Epidemiology 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. Admissions and Curriculum Information

DPH in Health Policy & Management

DPH in Health Policy & Management 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. Admissions and Curriculum Information