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.

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

Yes, we are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  You can read more by CLICKING HERE.

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 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 – Domestic and international applicants to the DPH program

February 1 – Graduate applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas.

March 1 – Graduate programs.
*With the exception of international students.

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

We strongly suggest that you choose one area of specialization at the time of application.

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.

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.

Please review the guidelines here:

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

If you attended a foreign school or earned your degree outside of the United States, SOPHAS does not require any documentation, but most public health schools and programs DO. The majority of SOPHAS programs require 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 for complete instructions.

Please review the guidelines here:

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:

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:

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:

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

Yes, we offer advanced certificates in Public Health and Population Health Informatics. Please visit 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  awards 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.