The admissions policies of the CUNY School of Public Health are based on the CUNY mission of access and excellence. The School seeks students that reflect the diversity of New York City and can meet the needs of the local, national and international public health workforce. All prospective students are encouraged to attend an Information Session

For the Graduate and Doctoral Programs you must use SOPHAS to apply.

Instructions on completing the SOPHAS application

To apply:

BS Admissions Requirements

For program specific requirements, please click here.

DEADLINE: February 1st

  • Two different applications must be submitted – Transfer & Departmental
  • All applicants are considered “transfer” students, even if you completed your first 60 credits at Hunter College
  • Submit a CUNY “Undergraduate Transfer Application” online
  • Have all Official Transcripts sent directly to the following address: University Application Processing Center, PO Box 359023, Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023
  • Check COMHE and NUTR department application requirements on CUNY SPH Website

MPH/MS Admissions Requirements

For program specific requirements, please click here.

DEADLINE: March 1st

  1. SOPHAS online application
  2. Application fee: $120 for your first selection + $45 for each additional one (a)
  3. Official transcripts of all institutions attended (GPA of at least 3.0) (b)
  4. Personal statement / statement of purpose (500 words) (a)
  5. Two letters of recommendation (a)
  6. Resume (a)
  7. Background in the field
    • Some programs may accept academic knowledge – 18 credits of health related courses
    • Work experience – one year in related job, internship, volunteer position, etc.
  8. TOEFL – only for those whose native/studies language is not English (c)
    • Paper Based Test: 550
    • Computer Administered Test: 233
    • Internet Based Test: 60 (Reading score + Writing score + Listening score)
    • SOPHAS’ TOEFL code is 5688
  9. Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts (c)
    • Must be from World Education Services (WES)
  10. GRE – Writing, Quantitative and Verbal (c)
    • Not required of those w/ advanced degree from a US accredited school
    • SOPHAS’ GRE code is 7914
  11. For program specific requirements, please click here.

Submitted with SOPHAS’ online application
(b) Mailed to SOPHAS
(c) Delivered directly by institution to SOPHAS

Please do not send any transcripts, test scores or official documents to the campus Admissions Office.

CUNY SPH Certificate: Public Health Informatics – Fall 2015

Health informatics is one of the fastest growing career fields with increased employment opportunities.

Please CLICK HERE to review our new online certificate program which starts in the Fall. Classes are held exclusively in the evenings and weekends, and we offer a flexible payment plan.

PHI Certificate Admissions Requirements:

  1. SOPHAS Express online application
  2. Application fee: $50
  3. Official transcripts of all institutions attended
  4. Personal statement / statement of purpose (500 words)(Describing why you are interested in the Certificate in Public Health Informatics Program)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Resume/CV

DPH Admissions Requirements

DEADLINE: December 15

All applicants must submit a completed application through SOPHAS which includes:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 should be an academic reference)
  • CV/Resume indicating at least three years of prior relevant teaching, research or programmatic work experience
  • A personal statement (up to 1500 words)
  • Completion of a Master’s of Public Health degree. Applicants with a Master’s or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Master’s level public health courses. If accepted to the DPH program, three courses must be completed prior to enrollment and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation:
    1. Biostatistics
    2. Epidemiology
    3. Environmental Health
    4. Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health
    5. Health Policy and Management


Track-specific additional requirements:

  • Community, Society and Health (CSH): At least three Masters-level courses in social dimensions of health and two quantitative research courses (e.g. biostatistics and epidemiology).
  • Epidemiology (EPI): At least three Masters’ level quantitative research courses (e.g. biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods), preferably with grades of A- or better.
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH): At least three courses in either occupational health and safety or environmental sciences; plus one course in health law or policy related ot the environment, the workplace, or sustainability.
  • Health Policy and Management (HPM): One course in health care systems, management, or administration; one course in health policy; one social science course in a cognate-related field, such as economics, sociology or political science.

Those in the Concentration in Pubilc Health Nutrition must be a Registered Dietician (RD) or have completed the didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).

The Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH) Concentration is open to students in any specialization track who have prior graduate training in MCRSH.