Curriculum Changes at CUNY SPH
CUNY SPH has revised some of our master’s and certificate program curricula in compliance with our accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Students who began their studies at CUNY SPH in the Spring 2019 semester or earlier, will follow the curriculum based on the semester and year they entered the program. Use the links below to find program-specific curriculum information. See our Program of Study Worksheets for degree requirements specific to those students who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier.
Program-specific curriculum information
If you began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier and have questions about the curriculum changes or your academic progress, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.
An MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences 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
An MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics prepares students to design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of urban populations. It consists of 2 tracks: 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 tracks are employed in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutions. Credits: 45
An MPH in Health Policy & Management 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
Graduates plan and manage public health programs, analyze the impact of policies on population health, and design and advocate for policies that promote the health of populations.
An MPH in Public Health Nutrition 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
Graduates work to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups by assessing the nutritional needs of populations, evaluating and designing nutrition and food programs, and managing nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. Students have the option to pursue the dietetic internship.
The MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program prepares students for careers in the growing field of Industrial Hygiene. Students learn to assess and measure exposures to environmental and occupational hazards and to develop control strategies to remediate these exposures, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that workplaces in every field, from offices to schools to factories, are safe and healthy environments. 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.
Students in the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences are encouraged to apply for financial support from one of the following two scholarship programs:
The New York Community Trust Industrial Hygiene Scholarship
The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Scholarship
The Maternal, Child, Reproductive, and Sexual Health (MCRSH) specialization is available to MPH and DPH students in any concentration, and provides students with sociological, political, familial, and biological context that shape maternal, child, reproductive, and sexual behaviors and health outcomes across the life-span; and with practical experience in research, program implementation, and/or policy developed to reduce MCRSH-related disparities and promote health. Graduates will be able to apply population health approaches to addressing MCRSH-related health issues in government, health care, private, and non-profit health agencies and research settings.
The Advanced Certificate in Public Health is a 15 credit program consisting of the five core public health courses. It is designed to provide a set of integral skills and knowledge for all public health professions, training students to think critically about the health challenges of populations and gain deeper understanding of multiple factors that lead to these challenges. The Public Health Advanced Certificate will enable students to approach public health problems using an array of evidence-based approaches, tools, and methods.
Most students should be able to complete the certificate program in one year. All courses are available online in both the fall and spring semesters.
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. Learn more here: https://www.nbphe.org.
The credits earned in the certificate program may be applied to the CUNY MPH program or transferred into academic programs at other institutions (subject to transfer policies). The maximum number of allowable transfer credits that can be transferred into the advanced certificate is 3 credits. These credits must be at the graduate level, from an accredited public health program, with a grade of B or better, and should not have been used toward another degree.
Students who successfully complete the Public Health Advanced Certificate will be eligible to apply to the CUNY MPH degree program through a streamlined process.
Please note that financial aid and student loans are not available for this certificate program. You may be eligible for payment plans with CUNY. For more information on payment plans, please review the SPH payment options page.