In November 2015, the CUNY Trustees approved a new structure for the CUNY School of Public Health. Current and prospective students are urged to refer to the Unified CUNY SPH FAQs page for more information regarding this transition.

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.

Please CLICK HERE for a complete listing of all degrees that are offered.

Yes, The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy is professionally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) through 2023.

You can read more by CLICKING HERE.

Notice of Accreditation Actions, Council on Education for Public Health, Fall 2016

Virtual information chat sessions offer interested students a chance to chat with admissions staff at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Click here to join us for an information chat session on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10:30am to 1:30pm EST.

If you would like to contact us with questions, please email us at admissions@sph.cuny.edu or call us at (646) 664-8355. Alternately, see the list of information sessions on our campus.

Beyond reviewing the details hyperlinked below, we suggest that all prospective students attend an Information Session in order to learn more about the school and specific degree program requirements.  Faculty representatives will be available to help answer any additional questions you may have. You can view the full upcoming calendar, and RSVP to an event through our Information Sessions webpage .

You can view Admission Information and Curriculum Outlines by clicking on the links below:

No, admission occurs once a year for the Fall semester only.

December 15 – Deadline to apply to DPH program

March 1 – Deadline to apply to MPH and MS programs.

Yes, for the Graduate and Doctoral Programs you must use SOPHAS to apply.

You must choose a concentration before applying to an MPH or DPH program. You may apply to more than one program. Please keep in mind you will need to submit unique personal statements for each program you apply to.

No, we only consider GRE scores. GRE scores are active for 5 years. If you will be submitting them electronically please use ETS GRE code 7914.

GRE scores are not required of those with an advanced degree from a U.S. accredited school for our MPH and MS programs. DPH programs require GRE scores within the past 5 years.

CUNY SPH has no stated minimum GRE score for prospective students, though the most competitive applicants typically report GRE scores at the 50th percentile or above for each section, along with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

For submitting GRE scores to SOPHAS, please use institution code 7914.

GRE scores are not required of those with advanced degree from a US accredited school for the MPH/ MS programs. However, the DPH program requires GRE scores from within the past 5 years.

REQUIREMENTS

  • TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED to be sent to SOPHAS from all U.S. and English-speaking Canadian institutions you have reported in the “Colleges Attended” section of your application. SOPHAS can NOT process your application without receiving all of your transcripts.
  • DO NOT SEND FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS. CARIBBEAN and FRENCH CANADIAN schools are also considered FOREIGN. SOPHAS will NOT accept these documents and they will be destroyed. Please see “Where do I send my transcripts? (Foreign Transcripts – Any Transcripts Other than U.S. and English Canadian)” for instructions.
  • TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE OFFICIAL AND SENT TO SOPHAS BY MAIL

Transcripts must be addressed and mailed to SOPHAS directly by the Registrar’s Office.  This is a policy of the public health schools and programs and is non-negotiable.

Note that the following receipt of transcripts will be rejected and discarded:

  • Transcripts not received directly from the institution.
  • Transcripts addressed to you, a public health program, school, or any address other than SOPHAS.
  • Photocopied or faxed copies of transcripts.
  • Transcripts marked as “Issued to Student” or similar wording.
  • Transcripts sent to your school directly or to the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

To have a U.S. or English Canadian official paper transcript sent to SOPHAS:

  1. List your schools in the “Colleges Attended” section BEFORE requesting any transcripts. Ensure you have listed your schools correctly as per the Colleges Attended instructions.
  2. Click the blue “Download Transcript Request Form” button under each school you have listed and print it out. SOPHAS strongly recommends that you advise your registrar’s office to attach this Transcript Request Form to your official transcript. This form helps SOPHAS properly match your official transcripts to your SOPHAS application. However, this form is NOT REQUIRED. If you cannot use this form, please ensure your transcript has the word “SOPHAS” and your full SOPHAS ID# printed directly on it by the registrar before it is sent.
  3. Contact the registrar at EACH institution you attended and request ONE transcript be sent to SOPHAS. You only need to submit ONE transcript from each school which you attended, regardless as to how many programs you are applying to.
  4. Provide the registrar with the following items:
    • The SOPHAS Transcript Request Form
    • Any school-specific forms the registrar requires
    • Any transcript fees the registrar charges
    • All information the registrar needs to properly identify you in the school’s database
    • Any name changes if your name on your SOPHAS application is different
    • Your SOPHAS ID#
    • The SOPHAS mailing address (see below)
  5. Confirm with your school that your transcript has been mailed to SOPHAS and on what date it was sent. Some schools have processing times that vary, and processing your request can take some time, especially near the end of a semester. Some schools may hold your transcript from being sent until the semester is over.
  6. Monitor your SOPHAS messages to ensure your transcript is received. You will receive a notification here, in addition to an email, when your transcript posts to your account. On average, it takes 7-10 business days for your transcript to post to your SOPHAS application from the date it is mailed by your school. Once your application is submitted, you can also see your transcripts listed on your “Program Status” tab with a date received.
  7. If your transcript has not been posted to your application after 10 business days (which do not include weekends or holidays) from the school mailing it, it may need to be resent. Please contact SOPHAS customer service to follow up on your transcript. Confirm the date this transcript was mailed by the school to SOPHAS and have this information available when you contact us.

SOPHAS MAILING ADDRESS:

SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

For overnight delivery of transcripts ONLY:

SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street, Suite #15
Watertown, MA 02472

Source: https://portal.sophas.org/sophasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/transcripts/ustranscripts/

YES. You are required to send ONE transcript from each college you have attended regardless of the number of courses you have taken.

CANADIAN STUDENTS

Canadian schools that provide English transcripts are NOT considered foreign. Please see “Where do I send my transcripts? (U.S. and English Canadian Transcripts)” for how to report your work. Original transcripts from these schools must be sent to SOPHAS. SOPHAS will NOT accept foreign evaluations from Canadian schools WHICH PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ENGLISH.

Canadian schools which have transcripts issued in French are considered FOREIGN and must be reported like any other foreign school. WES evaluations for these schools should be sent to SOPHAS. SOPHAS will NOT accept original Canadian transcripts which are written in French.

CARIBBEAN MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS

ALL Caribbean medical schools are considered FOREIGN institutions, even if they have transcripts in English, offices in the U.S. or allow U.S. licensing. No Caribbean school has regional U.S. accreditation and cannot be considered a U.S. Institution. Common Caribbean medical schools include but are not limited to: Ross University, St. George’s University, St. Matthew’s School of Medicine, and the American University of Antigua. Please list your Caribbean Medical School as a foreign institution and do NOT send Caribbean Medical School transcripts to SOPHAS as they will be discarded.  You should instead determine if your SOPHAS programs will require a WES evaluation, which may be sent to SOPHAS, or if your SOPHAS program will accept the original Caribbean transcript mailed directly to the school.

HOW TO DOCUMENT FOREIGN COURSEWORK

CUNY SPH requires that you have your foreign coursework evaluated by the World Education Services (WES).  You should contact WES as early as possible since the evaluation process may take several weeks after your foreign transcripts are received by WES.  Please see www.wes.org/cas for complete instructions.

DO NOT SEND FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS TO SOPHAS. SOPHAS does NOT accept ANY foreign transcripts, including those printed in English. Do NOT send foreign transcripts to SOPHAS, as they will be discarded.

DO NOT SEND TRANSLATED FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS TO SOPHAS. SOPHAS does NOT accept foreign documents translated into English as this documentation is insufficient. Only an evaluation for U.S. equivalency will be accepted.

FOREIGN EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS

SOPHAS WILL ONLY ACCEPT EVALUATIONS OBTAINED FROM WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES (WES ICAP).  

WES ICAP Evaluations

World Education Services, Inc (WES) provides electronic copies of the evaluation directly to SOPHAS in addition to copies of the transcripts used to complete the evaluation.

Applicants submitting WES Credential Evaluations are urged to first create the SOPHAS application. Once applicants have their 10 digit SOPHAS ID they will be able to use the special WES-SOPHAS application form to order their evaluation from WES.  WES also offers a discount for SOPHAS applicants on evaluation services. For more information please see www.wes.org/cas.

 WES Contact Information

World Education Services, Inc (WES) P.O. Box 5087 New York, NY 10274–5087 Phone: 212–966–6311 Fax:212–739–6100 www.wes.org

Note: If you attended a foreign school as part of a study abroad program, then this does NOT pertain to you. Please visit https://portal.sophas.org/sophasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/transcripts/overseas-u-s-transcript/index.html for more information.

Source: https://portal.sophas.org/sophasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/transcripts/foreign_transcript/index.html

It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their application for transcript receipt, even after you have submitted your application. SOPHAS will NOT notify applicants concerning missing transcripts.  If it has been longer than 10 business days and your transcript has not been posted, the materials must be resubmitted. You may view the status of your transcripts at any time after submitting in the “Program Status” section of the “Manage my Programs” section. You also will receive email notifications when each transcript posts.

SOPHAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the Registrar’s Office. Express or certified mail does not guarantee expedient processing, and sending transcripts express or certified mail does NOT guarantee receipt by SOPHAS.

The following problems can cause delays in processing and should be avoided whenever possible:

  • Transcript is not accompanied by a Transcript Request Form.
  • Transcript is accompanied by the incorrect Transcript Request Form.
  • Transcript is not addressed specifically to “SOPHAS.” We receive mail for over 30 application services; therefore your documents MUST specify you are applying to the SOPHAS service in order to be processed.
  • School is not listed on the applicant’s SOPHAS application under “Colleges Attended,” preventing SOPHAS from processing the transcript upon its arrival. SOPHAS cannot attach a transcript to your application unless the school is listed.
  • The incorrect school’s name is listed on the applicant’s SOPHAS application under “Colleges Attended.” and therefore SOPHAS cannot attach it until it is corrected.
  • Name on transcript cannot be found in the SOPHAS database, either because the applicant’s name has changed, the name is misspelled on the transcript, the name is misspelled on the SOPHAS application, or the applicant has not yet created a SOPHAS account.

Source: https://portal.sophas.org/sophasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/transcripts/ustranscripts/

The following problems can prevent transcripts from being accepted should be avoided whenever possible:

  • Transcript is unofficial, marked as student issued, or is addressed to someone other than SOPHAS.
  • Transcript is missing pages or has been severely damaged in the mail.
  • Document received by SOPHAS is not a transcript.
  • Transcript does not belong to the SOPHAS applicant but to another student at the school, oftentimes with the same or a similar name. This often occurs because applicants do not provide enough information to the registrar when requesting the transcript. Please be sure to provide your schools with as much information as possible to allow them to identify your records properly.

CUNY SPH does not provide housing for students. However, please see our Housing Resources Guide for helpful information about housing options in New York City.

Yes, many of our Graduate and Doctoral students attend classes part-time and work full-time.

MPH students cannot waive the GRE requirement unless they have an advanced degree from a US accredited school. However, the DPH program requires GRE scores from within the past 5 years no matter what prior degrees you have.

No, but many of the core classes are available online. Also, some departments may offer hybrid or online courses for the specialized courses.

No, CUNY SPH only offers a DPH (DrPH).

While the degrees are somewhat similar, the DPH is practice oriented and more suitable for working as a public health professional, and the PhD is research oriented and more suitable for teaching and research.

At this time, we do not offer dual degrees.

Our program caters to the working student, so our classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening so students can work during the day. We also offer online and hybrid classes.

You cannot waive the TOEFL unless the language of instruction for your undergraduate or graduate degree was in English. You must also have your WES evaluation and secondary documentation to prove this to Admissions.

CUNY SPH cannot offer application fee waivers – that needs to be done through SOPHAS. You can find more information on the process here: https://portal.sophas.org/sophasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/school-information/generalfee-waivers/

No. 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.

Please see the tuition and fee tables for more information: http://sph.cuny.edu/student-services/student-finances/tuition-and-fees-information/

Also, this chart shows how affordable CUNY GSPHHP’s tuition is when compared to other New York schools as of Fall 2016:

mph tuition

You can schedule a campus visit by booking an appointment with an Admissions counselor. Appointments can be in person or via Skype, email, or phone call. Please schedule an appointment at this link: http://cunysphcareerservices.simplybook.me/sheduler/manage

Appointments must be made at least three days in advance. If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact us at admissions@sph.cuny.edu or call 646-664-8355. Duration: 30 minutes

Yes, we offer advanced certificates in Public Health and Population Health Informatics. Please visit http://sph.cuny.edu/admissions/certificate-program-admissions-requirements/ for more information.

From the 2016 Alumni Survey:

o   New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene o   12.33%
o   City government other than Department of Health & Mental Hygiene o   2.74%
o   State government other than Department of Health o   2.74%
o   Hospital or Healthcare Organization o   20.55%
o   Private Sector o   12.33%
o   Federal government o   1.37%
o   Non-governmental organization o   19.18%
o   University or college o   9.59%
o   Other o   19.18%

No, students are required to find their own practicum sites, with help from the practicum coordinator.

We have a holistic application review. There are five things we consider when looking at your application – your public health experience (academic or professional), your GPA (ideally 3.0 or above), your GRE (no minimum score – historically accepted students have scores between 40-60%), your personal statement and your evaluations (aka references either academic or professional).

CEPH-accredited schools and programs offer the following key benefits to students:

Comprehensiveness: The CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health provide a variety of degrees in public health, including undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral degrees in a number of area of study.

Rigor: Each CEPH-accredited school and program goes through a rigorous accreditation process on a regular basis to assure students of a quality educational experience.

Flexibility: Many CEPH- accredited schools and programs of public health offer online programs, dual degree programs and executive programs.

Qualification: Eligibility to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

Opportunity: Eligibility for public health internships and fellowships sponsored by various federal agencies, as well as student assistance resources that are available only through accredited schools and programs.

Recognition: Because CEPH-accredited schools and programs are peer-reviewed, students can be sure their institution has met the standards established by CEPH.

Each MPH and DPH course is anywhere from 2-3 hours long. During the Fall and Spring Semesters, they are held once a week Monday through Thursday during the late afternoon and evenings.

We award Graduate Fellowships to incoming DPH students each academic year. Because Admissions Committee members identify potential candidates for Graduate Fellowships from our pool of admitted students, there is no formal application for the Fellowship. The Admissions Committee selects potential candidates based on excellent entering academic indicators, demonstrated capacity for leadership, individual accomplishments.

Graduate Fellows are awarded an in-state tuition waiver and salary. In addition to the salary (stipend) and in-state tuition waiver, Graduate Fellows are also given the opportunity to work as research assistants and/or teaching assistants on faculty scholarship projects (up to a maximum limit of 225 hours). Fellows are often matched with projects in their own area of interest and thereby gain immeasurable experience through this work. Graduate Fellows must be enrolled as full time (7 Credits) and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or above each semester.

Doctoral students (excluding international students who are not eligible for federal aid) who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will also be considered for federal aid. DPH students may be eligible for Federal Direct Loans – Unsubsidized Stafford or Graduate PLUS.

We accept all kinds of experiences, such as internships, externships, and volunteer work.

Yes. Once you apply, you will have to pick a concentration.

Once your application is submitted, reviewed, and completed by SOPHAS (which reviews all documents), then the Admissions Committee at CUNY SPH can begin the review process, which usually takes four weeks.

The average student takes around 2.5 years to complete the MPH program. The average student takes 4-6 years to complete the DPH program. The entire program is in the evening – classes meet once a week Monday through Thursday.

The MCRSH specialization does not add any additional credits to your degree; your MPH degree will still be 45 credits and take the same amount of time as the specialization is embedded into the curriculum. If you are doing this specialization, the only difference is that your electives, fieldwork, and capstone project need to be related to this field.