DPH Admissions Requirements

Please note that we will be holding a DPH information session on November 7, 2018, from 6-8pm at CUNY SPH. You can find more information and RSVP here.

Doctor of Public Health Admissions Information

Please note that we are accepting applications for fall 2019 for the following programs:
DPH in HPAM (Deadline: March 1, 2019)
DPH in EOH (Deadline: March 1, 2019)
DPH in Epidemiology (Deadline: March 1, 2019)

General Admissions requirements:

  • GRE scores – Writing, Quantitative and Verbal
    • SOPHAS’ GRE code is 7914
    • DPH applicants must submit a GRE score from within the past 5 years. There are no GRE exemptions for DPH candidates.
  • 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)
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts. Must be from World Education Services (WES)
  • Completion of a Masters of Public Health degree. Applicants with a Masters or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Masters 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: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health; Social and Behavioral Health and; Health Policy and Management.Prospective DPH Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management students who need MPH core courses for admission, must first apply through SOPHAS before they are granted permission to take MPH courses. Prospective DPH Community, Society and Health students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@sph.cuny.edu) to have their Master’s transcript evaluated.


Additional requirements for concentrations:

Community, Society and Health: At least three Masters-level courses in social dimensions of health and two quantitative research courses (e.g., Biostatistics and Epidemiology). Not accepting applications for fall 2019

Epidemiology: 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: 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: 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.


To apply to this program, please go to the SOPHAS website to submit an application.


For additional information on the DPH program and concentrations, please visit the DPH program page.