MPH in Community Health

MPH in Community Health – Revised Curriculum for Fall 2019

MPH in Community Health is the social and behavioral sciences arm of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy’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: 42

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 concentrations
  • 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)
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts
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.

DEADLINES
Fall Semester:  
March 1, 2019

 

Curriculum

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*

 

Core Coursework (15 credits) PUBH 610 Public Health Leadership & Management
PUBH 611 Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy
PUBH 612 Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research
Required Coursework (12 credits) CHSS 622 Community Organizing to Advance Health and Social Justice
CHSS 623 Applied Mixed Methods in Community Health Research
CHSS 624 Community Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Sustainability
CHSS 625 Advanced Seminar on Intersectoral Partnerships
Elective Coursework (12 credits) Four (4) electives chosen in consultation with faculty advisor
Practice Experience (1.5 credits) CHSS 696 Community Health Practice Collaborative I
Culminating Experience (1.5 credits) CHSS 698 Community Health Practice Collaborative II
Total Credits Required 42

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.

Core Competencies:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
  • Apply concepts from relevant scientific disciplines, such as toxicology and physiology, to anticipate effects of environmental, occupational and nutritional exposures on both human health and overall planetary health


Concentration Competencies:

  • Apply ethical, socially just, and culturally responsive principles and strategies to community organizing, community health assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation activities
  • Engage and partner with communities to assess health problems and propose solutions to health inequities that recognize the role of power and stratification systems
  • Examine the interdependency of various structures and systems that shape health in complex and dynamic ways
  • Develop research and evaluation methods (design, data collection, analysis and interpretation) that will inform solutions to community health issues
  • Examine the roles that diverse sectors can play and the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations in community health initiatives
For students beginning their program during the fall semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
Elective I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
CHSS 624: Community Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Sustainability 3
CHSS 622: Community Organizing to Advance Health and Social Justice 3
Elective II 3
Year 2 Fall CHSS 623: Applied Mixed Methods in Community Health Research 3
PUBH 696: Community Health Practice Collaborative I 1.5
Elective III 3
CHSS 625: Advanced Seminar on Intersectoral Partnerships 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 698: Community Health Practice Collaborative II 1.5
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
Elective IV 3
For students beginning their program during the spring semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
CHSS 622: Community Organizing to Advance Health and Social Justice 3
CHSS 624: Community Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Sustainability 3
Elective I 3
Year 1 Fall PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
CHSS 623: Applied Mixed Methods in Community Health Research 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
CHSS 625: Advanced Seminar on Intersectoral Partnerships 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 696: Community Health Practice Collaborative I 1.5
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
Elective II 3
Elective III 3
Year 2 Fall PUBH 698: Community Health Practice Collaborative II 1.5
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
Elective IV 3

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.