CUNY SPH and Albert Einstein College of Medicine collaborate to offer MD/MPH Program

October 11, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcements

October 10, 2019—(BRONX, NY)— The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine announced an agreement today to offer Einstein medical students an opportunity to complete a five-year program resulting in a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Einstein and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) degree from CUNY SPH.

With its new MD/MPH program, Einstein joins a group of approximately 80 medical schools across the nation with similar programs available at a single institution or in collaboration with another. Einstein is initially offering this opportunity to the Class of 2023 and will make it available to all subsequent incoming MD students.

“We are delighted to partner with such a highly regarded and nationally-ranked program in order to extend the training and career opportunities for our medical students,” said Joshua Nosanchuk, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology at Einstein. “CUNY SPH’s MPH will naturally extend the thread of social justice that is woven throughout Einstein’s culture and curriculum, which includes a strong emphasis on understanding the social and structural determinants of health and how to help mitigate them for our patients and communities.”

Path to Public Health Leadership

Physicians with MPH degrees work in a variety of settings, including departments of health, nonprofit organizations, and research institutions. CUNY SPH will open three areas of concentration to Einstein students: health policy and management, environmental and occupational health sciences, and public health nutrition.

“We look forward to welcoming Einstein students into our school,” said Elizabeth Kelvin, PhD, MPH, interim assistant dean for curriculum innovation and implementation and associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at CUNY SPH. “It’s an exciting opportunity to help send a group of doctors into the world with the clinical and public health training that will allow them to take both an individual patient and a community or population perspective in their practice.”

It typically takes two years to earn an MPH degree, when pursued separately. However, the structure of the new program will allow Einstein students to complete both their MD and MPH degrees in five years.

Participating students will begin their MPH coursework online during the summer after their first year of medical school. They also will conduct fieldwork during their first or third summer. During a gap year after their third year at Einstein, they will take their remaining courses, finish up fieldwork, if necessary, and have the opportunity to pursue publishable research projects with mentors from Einstein and CUNY. While all coursework is offered through CUNY SPH, Einstein’s Global Health Fellowship Program and Student Research Fellowship can be used to fulfill their fieldwork requirement.

Partners in Research and Health

In its Best Public Health Schools list, U.S. News & World Report ranks CUNY SPH 23rd in the nation—making it the second-highest ranked school in New York State and the only public school in the top 25 in the tristate area.

Jill Raufman, MPH, MS, associate director of Einstein’s Global Health Center and director of Einstein’s Global Health Fellowship Program, spearheaded the M.P.H partnership. “As an alum of CUNY SPH, I can personally attest to the excellence of the program and the quality of the faculty,” she said. “Our program is also a flexible and affordable option for our students who want to pursue an M.P.H. and are seeking additional training for leadership positions in public health and healthcare systems.”

Einstein and CUNY also have collaborated on two major research initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health: the Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research and the International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS Central Africa Project. The MD/MPH partnership will provide additional opportunities for research collaborations among and between the faculty and students at both institutions.