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The CUNY School of Public Health offers master’s and doctoral degree programs that prepare students to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century. The school emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex health problems by analyzing their causes at multiple levels of organization (such as individual, family, community, city, and nation) and planning interventions that address these levels of influence.

The school recognizes the importance of culture and community and seeks to prepare graduates who can work with diverse populations to achieve common health goals. Courses provide students with up-to-date scientific knowledge so they can translate findings into programs and policies that make a difference. With a focus on urban populations, the curriculum prepares students to understand the health impact of global migration and the many ways that cities around the world can learn from each other to improve public health.

Master’s Degree Programs (MPH/MS)

Doctoral Degree Programs (DPH)


MPH/MS Admissions Requirements


  1. SOPHAS online application
  2. Application fee: $135 for your first selection + $50 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 (recommended length is 500 words) (a)
  5. Letters of recommendation – SOPHAS requires 3 to complete your application (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 (Master’s or higher) from a US accredited school
    • SOPHAS’ GRE code is 7914

For information on applying to the CUNY SPH MPH and MS programs, please visit the following link: Tips for Applying to MPH and MS Programs

To find answers to many commonly asked questions, please check out our Admissions FAQ page.


DPH Admissions Requirements                     DEADLINE: December 15

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

  1. GRE scores. DPH applicants must submit a GRE score from within the past 5 years. There are no GRE exemptions for DPH candidates.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 should be an academic reference)
  3. CV/Resume indicating at least three years of prior relevant teaching, research or programmatic work experience
  4. A personal statement (up to 1500 words)
  5. 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 to 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.

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creating a healthier city, sustaining a healthier world

SPH Brochure 2017