Frequently Asked Questions about admissions

General Information

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:

Yes, we offer admission twice a year (in the spring and fall) for our advanced certificate and MPH/MS programs. Admission for the doctoral program occurs only once a year in the fall.

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

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.

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

Please note that this does not apply to the doctoral program; all doctoral classes are only available in person.

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 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%

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.

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.

At this time, CUNY SPH does not have any study abroad opportunities, but it is possible for you to do your fieldwork abroad if you arrange it.

No, but please contact admissions with your particular situation and we will try to accommodate you.

In 2016, our acceptance rate was 66%.

Please visit Non-Degree Student Admission Information for more information. Please note that not every class allows non-degree students; you can only apply for a limited number of classes.

In the past, CUNY SPH was affiliated with these schools. However, CUNY SPH is no longer affiliated with these schools. CUNY SPH is now its own unified, accredited school located at 55 W. 125th St. in Central Harlem in Manhattan.

If you need to take Fundamentals of Biostatistics (BIOS 610), Fundamentals of Epidemiology (EPID 610), or Fundamentals of Environmental Health (EOHS 610), you can either attend CUNY SPH as a non-degree student or apply for our Advanced Certificate in Public Health and only take the class that you need.

If you need to take Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Health (CHSS 610) or Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management (HPAM 610), you will need to apply for our Advanced Certificate in Public Health and only take the class that you need.

Our Summer and Fall schedule is viewable via CF Global Search – Class Schedule. Be sure to click the CUNY School of Public Health for the Institute and select the Term, then in the next screen  for the Subject selection select Public Health and for the Course Career select Graduate.

No. CUNY SPH is a graduate-level program. You might consider Hunter College, which offers a BS in Community Health.

CUNYFirst is our student information, registration, and administrative system. To claim your account, visit https://ssologin.cuny.edu/cuny.html. Select New User if you don’t already have an account.  Your Social Security number is used to claim your account.  Once you claim your account, write down your CUNYfirst ID (called EMPL ID) or store it in your cell phone. You will need to know your EMPL ID when seeing an advisor to obtain a class permission and for all other CUNY functions.

If you have previously attended a CUNY school and used the CUNYfirst system or have an active account, you do not need to claim your account again.

You can find more information on how to use CUNYFirst here.

If you are in the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program, you may begin taking classes in the summer as long as you register for classes before the start of the first summer session (consult the Academic Calendar to find that date).

If you are an MPH/MS student who was admitted in the fall, you cannot start taking classes in the summer; you will have to wait until the start of the fall semester to begin.

You need to submit the request to take a course on ePermit via CUNYfirst. ePermit facilitates the process of CUNY students obtaining permission to register for courses offered at other CUNY colleges. Prior to taking courses at another institution a student should inquire at the Host College for registration dates and procedures governing visiting CUNY students on ePermit.

Please note that an ePermit does not automatically register a student for a course nor does issuance of an ePermit guarantee enrollment at the Host College. Once you have enrolled at the Host College, cancellation of an ePermit does not delete your course registration; see details below regarding student responsibilities.

You must be a current CUNY student to apply through ePermit. If you have already graduated, then you cannot apply through ePermit and your options are to either apply as a non-matriculating student or apply to the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program.

You can learn more about ePermit here. You can find information on how to request an ePermit here. Contact registrar@sph.cuny.edu with questions.

Yes. You can find a recording of orientation for Fall 2017 here.

You need to submit your commitment deposit. Once that has been processed, you will be able to register for classes. If you have already sent in your deposit and are still unsure about how to register, please contact admissions@sph.cuny.edu.

You will be assigned a CUNY SPH email address in mid-August. Information on how to check your account and how to take advantage of the MS Office resources (such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word) will be sent to the email address you provided in your SOPHAS application.

Practicum and fieldwork are used interchangeably at CUNY SPH. The goal of fieldwork is to give students the opportunity to develop, manage, or lead evidence-based public health practices in real-world settings. This is often achieved by doing an internship.

Our programs do not qualify for a STEM extension. You can find the STEM Designated Degree Program list on the Homeland Security website.

Yes. Once you are accepted, we will send you the necessary paperwork to get the appropriate visas. Contact Lea Dias at lea.dias@sph.cuny.edu for more information.

If the class is a graduate-level class that is relevant and you get approval from your department head and the registrar, you may be allowed to take the class.

NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance misuse support, information and referral.

If you need health services, there are many free and low cost clinics in New York City.

Please visit Academic Advising for resources, FAQs, and additional information. You may also email advising@sph.cuny.edu.

Full time status for certificate and MPH/MS students is 12 credits. For doctoral students, it is 7 credits. Only International and Veteran students are required to maintain full time status.  If a student wants to get federal aid, then they need to register for 6 credits; all other students may register for the number of credits as they see fit.

The student to faculty ratio at CUNY SPH is 6.5:1.

You can find job postings for on campus positions as well as postings that organizations send us on our Job Openings page. In addition, check out the individual websites for our centers and institutes, as they often have job postings. Feel free to reach out to faculty members who share your research interests and see if they or anyone they know is hiring.

MPH/MS Programs

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

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.

The MCRSH specialization is available for both MPH and DPH students.

Please contact Diana Romero at diana.romero@sph.cuny.edu for more information.

It is anywhere from 1:15 to 1:30 depending on the class.

The Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program is the second of three steps needed to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  The first is to complete the required course work in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).   Then, after completing the internship, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam. For more information on the CUNY SPH Nutrition and Dietetic Internship, please visit https://internship.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

Consider applying to our Advanced Certificate in Public Health. It’s a great way to get started on your MPH; many students begin the certificate, apply for the MPH, and once accepted, transfer their certificate credits over to the MPH.

The MS program is ABET accredited and follows a set curriculum. In order to enroll in the MS program students must meet certain requirements. Students enrolled in the MS program are eligible for tuition reimbursement through the NIOSH ERC. Learn more about this program by visiting http://sph.cuny.edu/academics/degrees-programs/ms-program/ms-in-environmental-occupational-health-sciences/

The MPH program allows students greater flexibility to enroll in different electives; however, students enrolled in the MPH program are not eligible for tuition reimbursement. Learn more about this program by visiting http://sph.cuny.edu/academics/degrees-programs/mph-programs/mph-in-environmental-occupational-health-sciences/

Fill out the Transfer Credit Request form. If the school at which you took the course is CEPH accredited, it is likely that we will accept the credits. However, please note that you must be an accepted student before we will evaluate your request, and we do not guarantee acceptance of credits.

Our MPH program accepts only up to 12 transfer credits and they must be approved by our faculty.

You are not restricted to transferring just core classes; we will consider any relevant class for transfer purposes. However, please note that you must be an accepted student before we will evaluate your request, and we do not guarantee acceptance of credits.

Provisional acceptance means that you have not been fully accepted into the MPH program. You are limited to taking certain courses for a total of 15 credits. If you complete these courses with a grade of B or better, you will be fully accepted into the MPH program. You should have already received a list of required courses; please make sure that you are taking the right courses. Contact admissions@sph.cuny.edu for further clarification.

MPH students have done fieldwork at a variety of organizations. You can get a sense of where CUNY SPH MPH students do fieldwork by visiting Placement Opportunities. In addition, some of our students do fieldwork at the NYC Department of Health as we have many connections to them, and many students do fieldwork with the centers, institutes, and initiatives at CUNY SPH. Please note that we cannot guarantee placement at any specific location; students are required to find their own fieldwork, with help from the fieldwork coordinator.

If you are an incoming student who has not taken any classes yet, you cannot change your concentration. We recommend that you take the core classes and then fill out the Change of Concentration/Track Request form. We cannot guarantee that your request will be approved. Please note that the same committee that reviewed your application will also review this request. Therefore, if you were rejected from the concentration that you would like to switch into, unless things have changed on your end (for example, you retook your GREs and scored higher or you got a new job related to the desired concentration), you may be rejected again. You may also be asked to provide additional documents such as a new personal statement.

Please use SOPHAS to apply to MPH or doctoral programs.

Doctoral Programs

Starting Fall 2019, CUNY SPH will have a PhD program for
1) Epidemiology
2) Health Policy and Management.

CUNY SPH also has a DPH program for
1) Community, Society and Health
2) Environmental and Occupational Health.

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.

No. Applicants with a Masters or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Masters level public health courses. After acceptance to the DPH program, three courses must be completed prior to the program start and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health; Social and Behavioral Health and; Health Policy and Management.

Yes. However, you will not be able to start the DPH program until you have been awarded your MPH.

The MCRSH specialization does not add any additional credits to your degree; your DPH degree will still be 48 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.

The MCRSH specialization is available for both MPH and DPH students.

Please contact Diana Romero at diana.romero@sph.cuny.edu for more information.

Yes. DPH students are required to do 180 practicum hours that can be completed in a range of organizations across NYC or elsewhere. This cannot be waived, even if you have prior extensive public health experience.

You can if you want, but it is not required.

A student can transfer credits, but they will need to take 70% of their coursework at CUNY SPH. This means that a student cannot transfer more than 14 out of the 48 required credits.

Please note that you must be an accepted student before we will evaluate your request, and we do not guarantee acceptance of credits. Transfer credit requests will need to be approved by the curriculum committee or appropriate department.

CUNY SPH is currently transitioning from offering a DPH program for those two concentrations to a PhD program. CUNY SPH will accept applications for the PhD program in Epidemiology or Health Policy and Management starting Fall 2019.

At this time, CUNY SPH does not offer any doctoral classes online.

Please use SOPHAS to apply to MPH or doctoral programs.

Advanced Certificate Program

It consists of the five core public health classes that all MPH students are required to take. They are:

  • BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics
  • EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
  • CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Health
  • HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management

It’s a great way to get started on your MPH; many students begin the certificate, apply for the MPH, and once accepted, transfer their certificate credits over to the MPH. In addition, completing the certificate will prepare students for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is the only professional certification in public health. Learn more here: https://www.nbphe.org

Most students should be able to complete the certificate program in one year. All courses are available online in the Fall and Spring semesters.

No. The online courses are asynchronous, meaning that you do the work on your own time by defined deadlines. You do not need to sit in front of a computer at a specific time. Our in-person courses are held in the evenings anytime between 4-10pm.​

Consider applying to our Advanced Certificate in Public Health. It’s a great way to get started on your MPH; many students begin the certificate, apply for the MPH, and once accepted, transfer their certificate credits over to the MPH.

You can take classes online or in person. However, if an in-person class is full, then you will have to take the class online.

No. You are welcome to apply for the MPH even if you have only partially completed the certificate.

Yes. Performing well in the certificate program is a great way to make yourself a more attractive MPH candidate.

No; you will have to apply to the MPH program. However, performing well in the certificate program is a great way to make yourself a more attractive MPH candidate.

Please use SOPHAS Express to apply to the advanced certificate program.

You must use SOPHAS Express to apply to the advanced certificate program. You will not be able to apply using the regular SOPHAS application.

Standardized Tests

Some of our tracks require standardized test scores while others do not.

  • MPH in Health Policy and Management does not require test scores.
  • MPH in Community Health Education requires GRE or MCAT scores.
  • MPH in Nutrition does not require test scores.
  • MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics requires GRE scores.
  • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health requires GRE or MCAT scores. However, applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above in a prior degree may waive this requirement.
  • MS in Environmental and Occupational Health requires GRE or MCAT scores. However, applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above in a prior degree may waive this requirement.

MPH/MS 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.

Doctoral programs require GRE scores within the past 5 years.

You can find information on how to submit test scores here.

CUNY SPH has no stated minimum standardized test scores for prospective students, though the most competitive applicants typically report scores between 40th and 60th percentile for all test sections, along with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

MPH/MS 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.

Doctoral programs require GRE scores within the past 5 years.

MPH/MS applicants may not waive the requirement to submit standardized test scores for programs that require them. However, 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.​

Doctoral students are required to submit GRE scores from within the past 5 years no matter what their prior degrees are.

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.

Paper Based Test: 550

Computer Administered Test: 233

Internet Based Test: 60 (Reading score + Writing score + Listening score)

We cannot review your application until it is complete, so the sooner you get us those scores, the better. The absolute latest we will accept scores is two weeks past the application deadline.

You can find information on how to submit test scores here.

When you take a standardized test, be sure to arrange to have scores sent to CUNY SPH or SOPHAS (depending on the test). If you have already taken the test and did not arrange to have scores delivered at that time, contact your test provider to resend your official scores. This may incur additional costs, so we suggest that you make sure to arrange delivery of your scores when you take the test.

Towards the end of your SOPHAS application, you will come across a question that asks if there is anything that you would like the admissions committee to know. Make a note that you 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 and would like to request a standardized test waiver. Please note that standardized test waivers are only available for MPH/MS students; doctoral students have to submit GRE scores no matter what.

Degrees that would be considered post graduate or advanced would be graduate level degrees such as a Master’s, doctoral, MD, or JD.

If your program of choice requires standardized test scores, you will still need to submit them even though you are enrolled in or have completed the advanced certificate.

First, contact your test provider and find out if and when they sent out your scores via the correct method (you can find information on how to submit test scores here).

If your GRE, MCAT, or TOEFL scores were sent correctly, then you must contact SOPHAS to ensure that they have received it. You can call SOPHAS at (617) 612-2090, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST, or email them at sophasinfo@liaisoncas.com with your full name, a detailed description of the issue, and your SOPHAS ID number (it can be found at the top of your SOPHAS application).

  • GRE – Five years after test date
  • MCAT – Please contact us for more information
  • TOEFL – two years after test date

For submitting TOEFL scores to SOPHAS, please use institution code 5688.

If you take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date. Therefore, we recommend that you take the GRE at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Financial Questions

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/

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

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.

Yes. Once you are on campus and networking with our departments and faculty members, you will find many research and teaching opportunities. Our campus also is home to several centers, institutes, and initiatives that are always hiring.

In-state students: $18,671.30

Out-of-state students: $34,076.30

(45 credits, based on full-time attendance)

In-state students: $6,500

Out-of-state students: $10,875

Please visit sph.cuny.edu/student-services/student-finances/tuition-and-fees-information/ for more details regarding tuition for the certificate program.

No, the Excelsior Scholarship only applies to undergraduate work; visit the Excelsior Scholarship FAQs for more information.

No, financial aid is only available for the MS/MPH and DPH programs. However, you may be eligible for a payment plan. Contact bursar@sph.cuny.edu for more information.

Please consult your employer for more information.

PROCEDURES FOR CUNY EMPLOYEES TUITION FEE WAIVER:

PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING THE TUITION FEE WAIVER FORM (OFSR 305)

As part of the “Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA),” which was signed into law on June 7, 2001, Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code was extended permanently for both graduate and undergraduate courses, effective January 1, 2002.

 

NOTE: CUNY eligible employees are hereby advised that undergraduate and graduate level courses in which they enroll in using the CUNY Employee Tuition Fee Waiver Form OFSR 305, may be reportable as wages and subject to withholdings if educational assistance benefits exceed the $5,250* threshold are non job-related and do not meet the requirements of the “working condition fringe benefit” exclusion. To meet the requirements of “working condition fringe benefit” exclusion the course must: 1) maintain or improve skills that an employee is required to have for employment; and 2) be expressly required by the employer, or is legally required in order to retain an established employment relationship, status or rate of compensation. Moreover, the course must: 1) not be for the purpose of satisfying the minimum educational requirements to qualify for employment; and/or 2) not to qualify the employee for a promotion or transfer to a new trade or business.

* amount subject to change

 

PROCEDURES:

  1. Obtain the CUNY Employee Tuition Fee Waiver (Form OFSR 305) from the HR Office of the College of Employment. Failure to submit a completed Form OFSR 305 to the HR Office of the college of employment may result in the inclusion of the value of your tuition assistance as wages.
  2. B. Submit the completed Form OFSR 305 to the registrar at the College of Enrollment who will complete the registration certification portion of the waiver form and forward a copy of the waiver form to the HR Director at the College of Enrollment. In addition, a copy must be submitted to the Bursars at the College of Enrollment.
    C. The HR Director at the College of Enrollment will forward the OFSR 305 form to the HR Director at the College of Employment.
  3. D. You must submit to the College of Employment evidence of enrollment, including the Management Certification, bursar’s receipt and the course description, in order to ascertain whether the course you are taking is taxable. The management representative designated by your college will use the University Accounting Office guidelines to determine whether the course you are taking is job related.
  4. If the educational benefit exceeds the $5,250 threshold and the course is determined to be non-job related and does not meet the working condition fringe benefits exclusion within the Internal Revenue and University Accounting Office guidelines, the HR Director of the College of Employment will so advise the Payroll Office so that the actual dollar amount of the tuition fee that has been waived will then be reported as wages and be subject to tax withholding. The determination will be recorded on the reverse side of this form.
  5. A copy of your certified Form OFSR 305 with a record of transmittal to Payroll will be kept on file at the HR office at your College of Employment. You may request to obtain a copy for your records.

Employees’ Category & Service requirements:

Employee Category Service Requirements Course Type and Credit Limits Summer Session
Instructional Staff 1 year – undergraduate /
none – graduate
Undergraduate – no limit / Graduate – 6 credits no

 

Classified Managerial 1 year – undergraduate /
none – graduate
Undergraduate – no limit / Graduate – 6 credits no
Adjunct Teaching Titles 10 consecutive semesters 1 course may be
undergraduate or graduate
no
Gittleson Titles 6 months Undergraduate – no limit / Graduate – 6 credits yes – undergraduate only
Classified White Collar 1 year Undergraduate – no limit / Graduate – 3 credits yes – undergraduate only
Classified Blue collar 1 year Undergraduate – no limit / Graduate – 3 credits yes – undergraduate only
Skilled Trades 1 year Undergraduate only-no limit yes

 

Tuition Reimbursement for College Assistants/Tutors- DC 37 Members

Eligible DC 37 members can receive tuition reimbursement when they attend accredited college, university or registered institution. The Education Fund reimburses for courses on an undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level. You may be reimbursed up to a maximum of $800 per calendar year. Beginning with classes taken in January 2009, you can choose to receive a single payment of $800 per calendar year. To be eligible, a member must:

 

  • Be a College Assistant who works a minimum of 17 ½ hours per week are covered.
  • Be employed at least 90 days prior to the first day of classes, and remain in a covered title for the term.
  • Receive course credit towards a degree in a college or university accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Secondary Schools (life experience, independent study and dissertation credits are not reimbursable.)
  • For college credit classes, receive a grade of “C” or better.

 

Please visit the DC 37 web site for information about other educational benefits available to you.

For the purposes of tuition reimbursement, we are considered a part of the CUNY Graduate School.

No. Unless you have been sent a specific email notification that you need to submit documents proving that you are a NY State resident, then you have been assumed to be a resident and will be charged in-state rates.

If you wish to be reviewed for New York State Residency in order to qualify for the in-state tuition rate, then you must submit the New York State Residency application along with the required proof.

In general, to qualify for the resident tuition rate based on residence in the State of New York, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying immigration status or other categories; AND
  • Have continuously maintained your principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes; AND
  • Have a bona fide intention of living in New York permanently.

Please follow these steps in order to be considered for NYS Residency:

  1. Review the Residency portion of the CUNY Tuition and Fee manual
  2. Complete the NYS Residency Form
    1. Part A of the Form needs to be completed by all students
    2. Part B of the Form needs to be completed by undocumented or out-of-status students who are seeking resident tuition based on high school attendance/graduation or having received a GED or TASC in New York
    3. Part C needs to be completed by students who are seeking to be classified as New York State residents
  3. Organize your supporting documents (Part II)
  4. Submit forms and documents to the CUNY SPH Office of Student Services (admissions@sph.cuny.edu or in person at 55 West 125th Street. NY, NY 10027, Room 507).
  5. Once your information has been reviewed, you will be informed whether you qualify for the in-state tuition.  If you have already paid your tuition bill and are found to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate, then your adjusted tuition bill will be reflected on your CUNYfirst account.

Contact admissions@sph.cuny.edu for more information.

You are not eligible for financial aid in the form of loans but you may be eligible for other grants and scholarships once you are attending CUNY SPH.

Application and Requirements

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).

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

Yes. You cannot apply without choosing a concentration.

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

The statement of interest is one of the most important components of the application. The admissions committee is looking to see that you have a well-defined interest and plan of study. This is your opportunity to explain to the admissions committee:

  • How your past experiences have prepared you for master’s level training and research,
  • How what you want to do in the future requires master’s level training, and
  • How you will use your time in the master’s program to work towards this future

See Tips for Applying to MPH and MS Programs for other suggestions for submitting the best possible application.

You may apply to the concentration, but be advised that you might be rejected if the admissions committee does not feel that you have a strong enough background for that concentration. In order to strengthen your application, it is best to take those undergraduate courses at any institute that offers them, prior to submitting your application. CUNY SPH does not offer any undergraduate courses.

Yes, but you will need to write a unique personal statement for each one.

You will be contacted within 4-6 weeks after we have received your completed application. In order to consider your application complete, we need to have your GRE scores, transcripts, and references.

It takes up to 10 business days to process your deposit. Once that is completed, you will receive an email informing you of the next step.

Deadlines

Spring semester: December 1
Fall semester: March 1

Spring semester – January 5
Fall Semester – June 1

We cannot review your application until it is complete, so the sooner you get us the references, the better. The absolute latest we will accept references is two weeks past the application deadline.

We cannot review your application until it is complete, so the sooner you get us those scores, the better. The absolute latest we will accept scores is two weeks past the application deadline.

Transcripts

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 will accept either WES or ECE evaluations. Currently, SOPHAS cannot accept ECE evaluations, so for the time being, you will need to email ECE evaluations directly to admissions@sph.cuny.edu. You should contact your transcript evaluation service as early as possible since the evaluation process may take several weeks after your foreign transcripts are received. For WES, please see www.wes.org/cas for complete instructions.​ For ECE, please see https://www.ece.org/Page/Individuals​ for instructions.

DO NOT SEND FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS. SOPHAS and CUNY SPH do NOT accept ANY foreign transcripts, including those printed in English. Do NOT send foreign transcripts, as they will be discarded.
DO  NOT SEND TRANSLATED FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS. SOPHAS and CUNY SPH do NOT accept foreign documents translated into English as this documentation is insufficient. Only an evaluation for U.S. equivalency will be accepted.

 

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.

Contact WES and find out if and when they sent out the evaluation. If WES has already sent out the evaluation, then you need to contact SOPHAS to ensure that they have received it.

You can call SOPHAS at (617) 612-2090. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST, or email them at sophasinfo@liaisoncas.com with your full name, a detailed description of the issue, and your SOPHAS ID number (it can be found at the top of your SOPHAS application).

If you have a bachelor’s degree that is not from a U.S. accredited university and your foreign transcript does not include a GPA on a 4.0 scale, then you need to have your transcripts evaluated by either WES or ECE.

If you are applying to the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program, then an unofficial transcript of undergraduate work is sufficient. If you are applying to the MPH program, then we will need official transcripts for both undergraduate work and coursework that you have completed for your degree in progress.

You should select the ICAP option.

We accept ECE and WES for transcript evaluations. Currently, SOPHAS cannot accept ECE evaluations, so for the time being, you will need to email ECE evaluations directly to admissions@sph.cuny.edu.

Currently, SOPHAS cannot accept ECE evaluations, so for the time being, you will need to email ECE evaluations directly to admissions@sph.cuny.edu.

You should select the Course by Course report.

You can apply to the certificate program using unofficial transcripts. However, upon acceptance into the program, you will then need to send official transcripts directly to CUNY SPH.

Immunizations

There have been recent outbreaks of measles, mumps, and rubella on college campuses. These diseases are highly contagious, and can present serious health problems. With proper immunizations, these diseases can be controlled. New York State Public Health Law Sections 2165 and 2167 and New York City Department of Health regulation 10 NYCRR, Section 66-1.3 (d) mandate measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations for college students. Students who fail to provide such documentation may not register for classes.

For detailed information on the NYS Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167, please visit the NYS Department of Health website.

We recommend that you provide proof of vaccination for Meningitis, but you also have the option of removing the Meningitis stop on your account by submitting an acknowledgment of risk form. Instructions on how to remove the stop can be found here: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/CIS/CUNYfirst/training/students/Submit-Immunization-Meningitis-Acknowledgement-Form.pdf

You are required to submit the same documentation as other students. In most cases, you will be able to be immunized in your home country. If you were immunized in your country, please submit your documentation in English. If you are unable to obtain immunization in your country, you must obtain your first shot immediately upon arrival in the United States. There must be at least 30 days between the first and second shot.

Fill out the Medical Exemption to Immunization Form. If a licensed physician or health practitioner certifies in writing that one or more of the required immunization may be detrimental to your health, this requirement may be waived until it no longer poses a health problem. The statement must specify which immunization will be detrimental, and the length of time it will be detrimental.

Fill out the Religious Exemption to Immunization Form. You will be asked to provide a written and notarized statement that describes your beliefs in sufficient detail to permit CUNY SPH to determine that (1) the beliefs are religious in nature (not philosophical or political) and (2) the beliefs are genuinely and sincerely held. CUNY SPH requires supporting documents from the religious organization that you belong to.

It takes up to 10 business days to process your records. Once that is completed, you will receive an email informing you of the next step.

Letters of Evaluation

All letters of evaluations need to be electronically submitted through SOPHAS. For more information on submitting letters of evaluation, visit SOPHAS’s FAQ for Evaluations (Letters of Reference).

Your evaluator should contact SOPHAS for assistance. They can either call SOPHAS at (617) 612-2090, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST, or email SOPHAS at sophasinfo@liaisoncas.com with your full name, a detailed description of the issue, and your SOPHAS ID number (it can be found at the top of your SOPHAS application).

To change the e-mail address of an evaluator, please log into your SOPHAS application and click the pencil icon to the right of the evaluator’s name on your SOPHAS application, and then edit the required information. Click the “Resend This Evaluation Request” button at the bottom of the page to resend the request to the correct address.

We cannot review your application until it is complete, so the sooner you get us the references, the better. The absolute latest we will accept references is two weeks past the application deadline.

Yes. We encourage certificate students interested in applying to the MPH program to build relationships with their professors. Performing well in the certificate program, participating in class, and interacting with faculty will strengthen your MPH application.