MD-MPH in Public Health Nutrition

Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Public Health Nutrition for Einstein MD students

An MPH in Public Health Nutrition prepares students to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups. Students learn to assess the nutritional needs of various populations, to plan and implement nutrition and food programs and to manage nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. The specialization offers one curriculum for those who are Registered Dietitians (RDs) and another for those without this credential. Graduates work in hospitals; clinics; community programs; local, state, or federal government health departments and in international nutrition programs.

Graduates work to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups by assessing the nutritional needs of populations, evaluating and designing nutrition and food programs, and managing nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. Students have the option to pursue the dietetic internship.

Medical students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine can complete their MD and MPH in PHN degrees in 4+1 years by following the recommended course sequence and completing the MPH courses described in the curriculum tab below.

Admission Requirements
  • Completed application
  • A transcript from Einstein sent to CUNY SPH (when applying for matriculated status in an MPH Program)
Additional Admission Requirements for the MPH program
  • Good academic standing at Einstein (for matriculated or non-matriculated status)
  • A cumulative GPA in CUNY SPH online courses of 3.7 or greater (when applying for matriculated status in an MPH Program)
Deadline to Apply for Summer 2020
February 1, 2020

Pre-Application Requirements

Medical students enrolled at Einstein who are pursuing their MDs, have successfully completed the Fall 2019 semester at Einstein, and are in good academic standing, may enroll in online core courses at CUNY SPH, taken on a non-matriculated basis, during the Summer 2020 session. Such students will continue their full-time coursework at Einstein during their second and third years. During the Fall semester of their third year, these students may formally apply for admission to the MPH program via a no-fee, fast-track application.

Those Einstein students in the 4+1 pathway who participate in an Einstein-sponsored practical experience such as the Einstein Global Health Fellowship, may register for a CUNY SPH fieldwork course and use the Einstein practical experience to fulfill their fieldwork requirement for an MPH.

Application Requirements

To be eligible for the CUNY SPH fast-tracked application process, students must have remained in good academic standing at Einstein by the end of their second year and have a cumulative GPA in their CUNY SPH online courses of 3.7 or greater. If admitted to the program, students will follow the degree completion schedule (4+1 pathway) detailed in the Recommended Course Sequence section of this page.

Einstein students who do not meet the criteria for the CUNY SPH fast-track application process may complete the standard SPH application available on SOPHAS and pay the application fee to have their application reviewed by the SPH Admissions Committee for decision.

Course Requirements Credits Prerequisites Semester taken by Einstein 4+1 MD-MPH students
Foundational Knowledge (0 credits)
PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0 Summer online
5 Core Courses (15 credits)
PUBH 610 Public Health Leadership and Management 3 Summer online**
PUBH 611 Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3 Summer online**
PUBH 612 Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3 Summer online**
PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3 Summer online**
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3 Summer online**
5 Concentration Courses (15 credits)
FNPH 620 Community Nutrition Education 3 Fall year 4
FNPH 624 Nutritional Epidemiology 3 PUBH 613 and PUBH 614 Fall year 4
FNPH 820 Food Policy 3 15 MPH credits (modified) Fall year 4
FNPH 622 Food and Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 3 Spring year 4
FNPH 623 Nutrient Metabolism and Applications in Public Health 3 FNPH 620 Spring year 4
2 Elective Courses (6 credits)
Elective 1 3 Fall year 4
Elective 2 3 Spring year 4
Practice & Culminating Experience (6 credits)
PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3 Waived Summer or Fall year 4***
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3 30 MPH Credits (modified) Spring year 4
Total Credits: 42

 

*Students who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health from a CEPH-accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

**Upon completion of the 5 MPH core courses, students receive an Advanced Certificate in Public Health. The core courses will also be applied toward the MPH degree should a student choose to continue in the MPH program and complete the coursework for the degree during the fourth year of studies.

***Students may use the Einstein global health fellowship to fulfill PUBH 696 (Fieldwork). Alternately, students may participate in another CUNY SPH-approved fieldwork experience during the summer or during the fall of their fourth year while also completing coursework.  Students should contact the CUNY SPH Office for Experiential Learning for fieldwork opportunities and approval at least one semester before they plan to start fieldwork.

Semester Course
Year 1 Einstein medical school coursework
Summer Two MPH online core courses. Choose from among: PUBH 610, PUBH 611, PUBH 612, PUBH 613, PUBH 614*
Einstein Global Health Fellowship or other CUNY SPH approved fieldwork**
Year 2 Einstein medical school coursework
Year 3
Einstein medical school coursework
Year 4 Complete MPH requirements

  • Three MPH online core courses. Choose from among: PUBH 610, PUBH 611, PUBH 612, PUBH 613, PUBH 614*
  • Fall coursework: FNPH 620, FNPH 624, FNPH 820, Elective 1, PUBH 696**
  • Spring coursework: FNPH 622, FNPH 623, Elective 2, PUBH 698

Einstein Global Health Fellowship or other CUNY SPH approved fieldwork**

Year 5 Einstein medical school coursework

 

*Upon completion of the 5 MPH core courses, students receive an Advanced Certificate in Public Health. The core courses will also be applied toward the MPH degree should a student choose to continue in the MPH program and complete the coursework for the degree during the fourth year of studies.

**Students may use the Einstein global health fellowship to fulfill PUBH 696 (Fieldwork). Alternately, students may participate in another CUNY SPH-approved fieldwork experience during the summer or during the fall of their fourth year while also completing coursework.  Students should contact the CUNY SPH Office for Experiential Learning for fieldwork opportunities and approval at least one semester before they plan to start fieldwork.

Students will be required to meet with the coordinator/advisor from each institution upon entering the program to confirm degree requirements, course sequencing, and research plans, and then at least once per semester thereafter.

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