MPH program with University of Alcalá

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An international MPH online

Advance your career with an online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH), in partnership with the venerable Universidad de Alcalá (UAH). This collaborative degree program allows master’s students to pursue a degree with a global perspective as you learn from faculty based in New York City and Madrid. Upon successfully completing the requirements of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Public Health degree by CUNY SPH.

Students accepted into the program will pursue one of two MPH concentrations currently being offered in this program: Community Health or Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Students will begin their studies at CUNY SPH, where they will complete eight (8) online courses (24 credits in total), after which they will complete six (6) online courses at UAH (the equivalent of 18 CUNY SPH credits, or 25.7 European Credit Transfer System credits in total). Students will be expected to complete all degree requirements within three (3) years.

Designed for busy working professionals

The CUNY SPH online MPH in partnership with UAH provides the flexibility that working professionals need, as well as unprecedented affordability. Online courses are asynchronous, meaning that students can attend classes whenever their schedules allow. And as public universities, CUNY SPH and UAH offer tuition rates substantially below private institutions. Notably, CUNY SPH charges online students the same low rate as New York residents.

Services to ensure an optimal international learning experience

As a student in the program, you’ll benefit from the comprehensive student support offered at both CUNY SPH and UAH. One bilingual advisor will guide you through your experience from start to finish, and the faculty directors at both institutions are deeply invested in ensuring the success of the students in this new offering.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates work in a variety of organizations across including government health agencies, NGOs, industry, research institutions, and international consultancies. Student services staff will assist with setting up fieldwork placements in your home country.

If the degree is completed in two years, full-time, Year One at CUNY SPH will be $14,730, and Year Two at UAH will be €6,000. These numbers reflect the current tuition rates at both institutions.

The degree can be completed on a full-time basis in two years. Students in this program are expected to complete their degree within three years.

Online courses in this program are asynchronous, meaning that they are self-paced, with deadlines. The academic standards and requirements in online programs are identical to their in-person versions. On-campus visits are not required. Online courses at both institutions are accessed through the Blackboard learning management system.

Applications must be submitted to CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health policy online through SOPHAS , the Schools of Public Health Application Service. To receive consideration for this special international program, you must also inform the CUNY SPH admissions office by emailing admissions@sph.cuny.edu, with a subject line of CUNY SPH – UAH. Your application will be reviewed by admissions personnel at both CUNY SPH and UAH.

There are five main factors that we look for when selecting graduate students: academic records, personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, and background in the field. CUNY SPH requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, meaning that the grades you have received in prior academic training should be As and Bs. 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 how your past experiences have prepared you for master’s level training and research; why you would like to obtain a graduate degree from CUNY SPH with UAH, and specifically the MPH concentration you are applying to; and what you hope to accomplish once you obtain your MPH degree. Choose recommenders who have worked with you closely and can speak very specifically to your strengths. Organize your resumé so that it is clear and easy to read, with defined areas for education, work/volunteering experience, and special skills.

Learn more about this exciting international program by contacting the program liaisons at CUNY SPH and UAH:

CUNY SPH: Luisa.Borrell@sph.cuny.edu
UAH: Francisco.Bolumar@uah.es

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