New Unified CUNY SPH

Frequently Asked Questions

On November 23, 2015, City University of New York trustees voted to restructure the CUNY School of Public Health as a unified graduate school. This move allows our school to become a stronger institution, to be renamed as the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The resolution disbanded the inefficient “consortial” model of governance, with its five administrative units, and will now allow faculty and students to more effectively build the school’s reputation as a leader in public health, global health, and health equity.

While the trustees’ decision is a positive development for the school, and for CUNY, it raises questions for our students. While new questions will continue to arise over time, Student Services has created this document to answer some of the first questions we have been receiving from students.

No. The transition to the single CUNY School of Public Health will not impact your pursuing DPH/MPH/MS degree in any manner.

For students who are graduating before May 2016, this will have no impact on their concentrations. Those who will graduate beyond May 2016 will have minor modification to their concentrations (applicable to MPH degrees including Health Policy and Community Health concentrations only).

No. This change will not impact your time to graduate.

No. You do not have to take any additional classes except only those classes that are left for you to graduate.

Fall 2016 MPH, MS and DPH classes will be held at the CUNY School of Public Health: 55 W 125th Street. The CUNY SPH Campus is a beautifully renovated building in Harlem. The campus is easily accessible by several forms of transportation, including the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 trains, as well as several busses and the Metro North Train line.

No. There will be no impact on your tuition in any manner.

All current MPH/MS students who need to fill in their FAFSA for the Fall 2016 semester need to use the following Institute Code:

CUNY Graduate Center
FAFSA code: 004765


For More Information:

As always, we encourage you to check the CUNY Student Services website for more information about announcements and contacting us for more information. We will also continue to share information on this transition through the CUNY SPH Facebook page, so be sure to connect with us there.

Office of Student Services will also host virtual information sessions starting on Monday, December 14, 2015. These virtual sessions will be held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:30am to 1pm, and Thursday from 3:30pm-5pm throughout this transition process.

Thank you for entrusting your education to the CUNY School of Public Health. All of us are committed to creating an institution that will be more capable than ever to promote health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and leadership, and we appreciate your support throughout this exciting process.


For more information, please contact:

Ashish Joshi PhD, MBBS, MPH
Assistant Dean of Students and Alumni Affairs
55West 125th street
7th Floor, Room 715
New York, NY 10027