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The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) 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.

CUNY SPH 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.

Application deadlines

Master’s and Certificate Programs
Spring 2020: The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.
Fall 2020: The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.

Doctoral Programs
Fall 2020: The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

Please visit our academic pages for program-specific admissions information:

Deadline
Please see admissions information for individual programs for deadline information.

  1. SOPHAS online application
  2. Application fee: $135 for your first selection + $50 for each additional one
  3. Personal statement / statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  4. 2 Letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. 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.
  7. TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
    • Internet Based Test: 61 (Reading score + Writing score + Listening score)
    • SOPHAS’ TOEFL code is 5688
  8. Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts
    • MPH in Health Policy and Management does not require standardized tests
    • MPH in Community Health Education does not require standardized tests
    • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences requires GRE scores for those with a GPA less than 3.0
    • MS in Environmental and Occupational Health requires GRE scores for those with a GPA less than 3.0
    • MPH in Nutrition does not require standardized tests
    • MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics requires GRE scores
      Standardized Tests

    For information on how to submit standardized test scores, please click here. Applicants who have a post graduate degree from a U.S. accredited school or a post graduate degree in clinical or allied health that WES or ECE has deemed equivalent to its US counterpart may request a standardized test waiver.

    Please be advised that waivers are granted on a case by case basis. To find out if you are eligible for a standardized test waiver, please email your US transcripts or transcript evaluations of foreign degrees to admissions@sph.cuny.ed

All documents must be submitted directly to SOPHAS. Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendations to our school.

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

INFORMATION SESSIONS

All prospective students are encouraged to attend an admissions information session for more details on the public health degree programs and admissions requirements at the CUNY School of Public Health. Please view the upcoming Information Session Calendar to RSVP to an event.

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PERSONAL APPOINTMENTS

You are also welcome to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an admissions counselor:

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT with an admissions counselor

Admissions counseling appointments are available in person on campus at 55 W 125th St, 5th Floor or via phone. Appointments must be made at least two days in advance. If you cannot make any of the listed times, contact admissions@sph.cuny.edu. Otherwise, please book your appointment through FlexBooker.

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VIRTUAL CHATS

We also offer virtual chat sessions every Monday and Friday from 10:30AM to 1:30PM Eastern Time: click here to join us!

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any other questions regarding admissions, please reach out to us! The fastest way to reach us is to email us at admissions@sph.cuny.edu. You may also call (646) 664-8355.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for helpful information.