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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Urban Public Health

About the School of Urban Public Health

Hunter College’s School of Urban Public Health is a consortial partner and the lead institution in the CUNY School of Public Health (SPH). The CUNY SPH is comprised of public health degree programs at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College and the Graduate School and University Center (Graduate Center) of CUNY.  Within the CUNY SPH, teaching, research and service are focused on four broad inter-related goals that reflect major health challenges in the current era:

1) creating healthier cities

2) promoting healthy aging through the lifespan

3) preventing chronic diseases and improving their management

4) promoting health equity

The programs at the School of Urban Public Health educate students to contribute to improved urban health by addressing such problems as HIV, substance abuse, asthma, obesity, undernutrition, violence, heart disease and cancer. Students are prepared to work with the diverse populations living in cities, and to serve in a variety of settings in government, public and private agencies, hospitals, schools, community organizations and businesses. Many students go on to enroll in graduate programs after they earn the bachelor’s degree and qualified  undergraduates can take selected graduate courses in Urban Public Health in their senior year.

The School of Urban Public Health offers undergraduate degrees in Community Health - BS  and Nutrition and Food Science - BS , an Accelerated BS/MS in Nutrition (DPD) , a master of public health (MPH) degree, with specializations in community health education (COMHE), environmental and occupational health sciences (EOHS-MPH), epidemiology and biostatistics (EPI-BIOS), public health policy and management (HPM) and nutrition (NUTR-MPH).  It also offers a Master of Science (MS) degree, with specializations in environmental and occupational sciences (EOHS-MS) and Nutrition (NUTR-MS). The MS degree in Nutrition (NUTR-MS) is an accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD), and is designed for individuals seeking to become eligible to sit for the national registration examination in dietetics to become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD).  With the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, it also offers an MSN/MPH degree in community health nursing. (Please see the Graduate catalog http://catalog.hunter.cuny.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=19&ent_oid=823&returnto=2194).

With the Graduate Center, the School of Urban Public Health offers a doctor of public health (DPH) degree, with specializations in community society and health, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health and public health policy and management. The DPH degree program can be found at the CUNY Graduate Center website www.gc.cuny.edu/

Community Health - BS  Completion of 60 credits; combined grade point average of all postsecondary institutions attended of 2.5; one semester of biology with lab; one semester of statistics.

Nutrition and Food Science - BS  Completion of 60 credits, including the following prerequisites: two semesters of anatomy and physiology with lab; one semester of general chemistry with lab; one semester of organic chemistry with lab; one semester of microbiology with lab; one semester of introductory food science; one semester of introductory nutrition. The introductory food science and nutrition courses may be completed in the summer session preceding entrance to the program. A grade of C or better must be earned in all prerequisites. The introductory food science and nutrition courses may be completed in the summer session preceding entrance to the program. An overall GPA of 2.8 is required for consideration. Owing to the competitive nature of the program, however, the actual GPA required for admission may be higher. Students who have completed 30 credits at Hunter College or at another City University institution at the time of the application will be given priority in the selection process. Students can attend on a full- or part-time basis during the day. 

Accelerated BS/MS in Nutrition (DPD)  

This pathway is for third year NFS majors who are interested in completing their degree and then continuing at Hunter to obtain a master’s degree and verification statement (students will be provisionally accepted into the program in their junior year but must maintain grade requirements to matriculate into the MS-DPD program). 

This accelerated pathway provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to remain at Hunter for their graduate coursework providing students the opportunity for academic acceleration to a graduate degree. 

Since the MS-Nutrition curriculum meets the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), the credentialing arm of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), it will qualify students from this BS/MS accelerated track to apply for Dietetic Internships and continue their professional preparation for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.

Administration and Faculty

Silberman Building
2180 Third Avenue
New York NY 10035

Office of the Dean 
Silberman Building (SB), Fifth Floor

Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH
Dean of CUNY School of Public Health
Room 502
(212) 396-7729

Neal L. Cohen, MD
Acting Assoc. Provost for Health and Social Welfare
Room 607
(212) 396-7561

 Marilyn Auerbach, DrPH
 Acting Senior Associate Dean

 Room 509
 (212) 396-7728

 Susan Klitzman, DrPH
 Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Room 508
 (212) 396-7727

Zora Flores-Kitongo, MA
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Room 503, (212) 396-7730

Nzinga Ajani
Secretary to the Dean

Room 503, (212) 396-7729

Business and Administrative Office
Silberman Building (SB), Fifth Floor

Mike Dunham, MA
Alumni Relations and Facilities Coordinator

Room 501, (212) 396-7898
Martina Lynch, MPH
Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
Room 550
(212) 396-7757

Jerome Richardson, MA
Director of Business

Room 505, (212) 396-7732

Erica Sigmon, MA
Grants Coordinator
Room 507, (212) 396-7733

Chaquon Polanco, MA
Business Office Coordinator

Room 504, (2120 396-7731

Academic and Student Services
Silberman Building (SB), Fifth Floor

          Robert I. Park, MA
          Director of Academic and Student Services

        Room 309

        (212) 396-7720


Diane Brows, BA
Academic Program Coordinator
Room 308
(212) 396-7721

Velvet Brown, BA
Program Assistant

3rd Floor, (212) 396-7722

Crystal Mancha, MA
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

3rd Floor, (212) 396-7778

Attiqa Mirza, BA
Data, Student & Alumni Coordinator

3rd Floor,  (212) 396-7734

Larisa Naftaliyev, BS
IT Specialist/Database Manager

3rd Floor, (212) 396-7631

Program Directors

Stacey Plichta, ScD
UPH Program Director
Room 520, (212) 396-7755

Jack Caravanos, DrPH
Program Director, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Room 720, (212) 396-7780

Ann Gaba, EdD
Program Director, Dietetic Internship
Room 611, (212) 396-7769

Khursheed Navder, PhD
Program Director, Nutrition and Didactic Programs
Room 609, (212) 396-7772

Barbara Berney, PhD
Program Director, Public Health Policy and Management
Room 522, (212) 396-7756

Lorna Thorpe, PhD
Program Director, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Room 546, (212) 396-7746

Martha Crum, PhD
Interim Program Director, Community Health Education
Room 538, (212) 396-7747

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in Urban Public Health 


Faculty of the School of Urban Public Health 


 School of Urban Public Health