Doctoral Students

Program of Study Worksheets

Program of Study Worksheets detail the coursework needed for graduation. You should periodically consult with an advisor to ensure you are on track for graduation.

Find the PhD and DPH Program of Study Worksheets here.

Exams and Dissertation

Please visit the Doctoral Exams and Dissertation page for information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your faculty advisor will be assigned during your first semester at CUNY SPH. Doctoral students can also contact their Program Director or for advising inquiries. Program Directors for each department are:

Ghada Solimon, EOGHS

Heidi Jones, EPID-BIOS

Stacey Plichta, HPAM, CHSS (for PhD students)

Christian Grov, CHSS (for DPH students)

You should definitely speak with your faculty advisor or Doctoral Director.

Review the information found under the Register for Classes section of our policies and procedures page. If you are still facing difficulties, you should reach out to the CUNY SPH Registrar or an advisor.

We recommend students follow the course sequences listed for their specific program, which can be found on the doctoral programs page.

We also suggest students speak with their faculty advisor or program director before registering for classes; it is especially useful to consult your faculty advisor regarding electives to ensure your selected coursework aligns with your professional goals.

No, unfortunately, not all required courses are offered every semester. You should consult our schedule of required courses when planning your course load.

Yes, we typically recommend students take no more than 12 credits per semester. However, you can take up to 16 credits in the Fall or Spring semesters, up to 4 during the Winter, and up to 10 during the Summer. If you wish to take additional credits, you will need to submit a Credit Overload Request.

Transfer credit requests need to be approved by the school’s Curriculum Committee (for core courses) or the appropriate department (for electives). Visit the Transfer Credits section of our policies and procedures page to submit a transfer credit request.

First, we recommend you reach out to your professors. Additionally, tutoring services are available in writing and statistics. You may also wish to meet with an advisor to discuss study skills and time management techniques.

You should visit our Library Services page for more information on using our library resources. If you need further assistance, you can contact

All required and optional textbooks are listed on the SPH Online Bookstore. Simply log in with your CUNYfirst ID to order textbooks from a personalized list (based on your registered coursework). Additionally, course reserve textbooks are available for on-campus use in the 7th floor study lounge.

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