MPH in Community Health Education 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

Community health prepares students to plan, manage, and evaluate health programs aimed at reducing social and behavioral threats to community health.

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements for all MPH specializations
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Graduate Record Exam (General GRE) (waived for those with graduate degree from accredited U.S. university). SOPHAS GRE code is 7914
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation, also known as evaluations – for your application to be deemed complete, SOPHAS requires 3 evaluations.
  • TOEFL is required if undergraduate degree is from a country where the official language is a language other than English
  • Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts. Must be from World Education Services (WES)
Additional Admission Requirements Strong foundation in social and natural sciences;statistics or calculus strongly recommended.
Apply All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1

Acceptance occurs once a year, for the Fall semester only.

 

Competencies

  • Apply social and behavioral theory and evidence to assess, plan, implement and evaluate community health programs, policies and interventions that promote health equality and reduce inequities.
  • Demonstrate team building, negotiation, and conflict management skills in community health interventions.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative research methods to generate insight into community health issues.
  • Apply ethical, socially just, and culturally competent principles and strategies to community organizing, community health assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Engage communities to propose solutions to health inequities that recognize the role of power and stratification systems

 

Curriculum

Core Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management
Required Coursework (15 credits) CHSS 620 Community Health Assessment
CHSS 621 Community Health Interventions
CHSS 622 Community Organizing and Development for Health
CHSS 624 Health Program Planning & Funding
CHSS 623 Research and Evaluation for Community Health
Elective Coursework (9 credits) Three (3) electives chosen in consultation with academic advisor
Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required for MPH 45

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health 3
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
Year 1 Spring EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
CHSS 620 Community Health Assessment 3
CHSS 622 Community Organizing and Development for Health 3
Elective I 3
Year 1 Summer PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall CHSS 621 Community Health Interventions 3
CHSS 623 Research and Evaluation for Community Health 3
Elective II 3
Year 2 Spring CHSS 624 Health Program Planning & Funding 3
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3
Elective III 3

 

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