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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

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About the School

Hunter College’s Urban Public Health Program is a consortial partner and the lead institution in the CUNY School of Public Health (SPH). The CUNY SPH comprises Nursing: Community/Public Health Nursing/Urban Public Health MS/MPH Dual Degree  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 graduate programs in public health at the CUNY SPH at Hunter College educate public health professionals to promote health and prevent disease among urban populations. These programs prepare students to work with the diverse populations living in cities, and to serve in a variety of settings in government, non-profit organizations, businesses and communities.

CUNY SPH at Hunter College offers 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 MS/MPH degree in community health nursing. This dual-degree program is described in the School of Nursing section of this catalog Nursing: Community/Public Health Nursing/Urban Public Health MS/MPH Dual Degree .

With the Graduate Center, the CUNY SPH at Hunter College 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 is described in the Graduate Center website www.gc.cuny.edu/Doctoral students in some CUNY Graduate Center PhD programs, including sociology and psychology, can also earn an MPH while pursuing their doctorate.

The MPH degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the national educational accrediting body for public health programs in community health/preventive medicine. The EOHS-MS degree is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and is geared towards students pursuing Certification in Industrial Hygiene. The  NUTR-MS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE), the accrediting agency of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

During the fall and spring semesters, MPH and EOHS-MS courses are held once a week, Mondays through Thursday, in the late afternoon and evening. NUTR-MS courses are held during the day. MPH and EOHS-MS degrees can be pursued on a full or part-time basis. The NUTR-MS degree program is full-time. During the summer, there are a limited number of course offerings, which are held twice a week in the late afternoon and evening. During the January winter semester, there are a limited number of intensive courses which meet full days for one week or extended late afternoon/evening hours over a three week period.

The graduate programs at the CUNY SPH at Hunter College provide students with a broad multidisciplinary background in public, urban health and specializations in community health education, environmental and occupational health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, public health policy and management, and public health nutrition.

Each specialization prepares students for specific job opportunities. Graduates of the community health education program plan and manage community health programs and interventions to reduce social and behavioral threats to health. Graduates of the environmental and occupational health program anticipate, identify, assess and control community and workplace exposure that jeopardize the health of populations. Graduates of the epidemiology and biostatistics program conduct health studies and apply their findings to improve population health. Graduates of the public health policy and management specialization work as analysts, managers and/or researchers to advocate for, administer, and/or analyze public health policies and programs. Public-health nutrition graduates promote the nutritional well-being of urban populations and manage community nutrition programs.

The NUTR-MPH specialization includes courses that meet the requirements of the Dietetic Internship (DI), a 1200-hour fieldwork and didactic experience accredited by CADE. Students who are accepted into the DI and successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the national registration in dietetics to become credentialed as registered dietitians (RD). Students who enter the MPH program with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition that fulfills CADE competencies may simultaneously work toward the MPH degree and dietetics registration, two credentials that will increase skills and employability.  

Hunter Campus Centers

School of Public Health faculty are affiliated with several City University of New York research centers and institutes. These provide opportunities for faculty and student research.


The Brookdale Center on Healthy Urban Aging and Longevity at Hunter College advances successful aging and longevity through research, education, and evaluation of evidence-based models of practice and policy. In July 2011, Brookdale Center moved into its new home in East Harlem, NYC at the corner of Third Avenue and 119th Street. Brookdale shares this new state-of-the-art campus with both the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (formerly the Hunter College School of Social Work) and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter college (formerly the Hunter School of Public Health). Brookdale Center takes a leading role in the development of evidence-based “best practices” to advance the health and well-being of a new generation. Brookdale is breaking new ground in aging services by connecting and integrating the applied fields of gerontology with health policy. Brookdale Center serves as a critical bridge between gerontological education, research, policy, practice and advocacy, and is recognized nationally today as a major center of excellence.
Affiliated public health faculty: Fahs, Gallo, Gardner, Horiuchi, and Thorpe
Website: http://www.brookdale.org/

Center for Community and Urban Health at Hunter College works with service providers and communities to design and evaluate health interventions that will improve the lives of underserved populations. The Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health (formerly the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health) was founded in 1988 to respond to the growing public Health crises that were devasting New York City’s low-income communities, especially AIDS (the advanced stage of HIV infection) and problematic substance abuse. However, many members of our client population, or their immediate families and/or friends, have multiple co-occurring conditions, of which the above are only two. In fact, in 2004, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published a policy paper, Take Care New York: A Policy for a Healthier New York City, which identified ten priority areas for health interventions. Therefore in 2005, the Center changed its name in order to reflect these health realities, with the expectation that still other health conditions are likely to emerge in the future as community concerns.
Affiliated public health faculty: Alcabes, Krauss, Parsons, and Wheeler
Website: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/schoolhp/centers/comm_urb/staff.htm

Center for Gene Structure and Function at Hunter College The Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function (Gene Center) is a consortium of researchers within Hunter College of the City University of New York—one of the largest public universities in the nation. It boasts unparalleled quality and diversity in its researchers on both the faculty and graduate student levels. At the heart of the Gene Center’s mission is an imperative to build unique clooaborations among biologists, chemists, biopsychologists, biophysicists, and bioanthropologists; to recruit and equip outstanding faculty; to develop and share core research facilities; and to implement strategies for scientific networking.
Affiliated public health faculty: Freudenberg, Parsons, Talih, and Wheeler
Website: http://genecenter.hunter.cuny.edu

Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training at Hunter College (CHEST) conducts research on social and psychological factors that contribute to HIV transmission. CHEST is part of Hunter College of the City University of New York, where both Drs. Parsons and Golub are faculty in the Psychology Department. CHEST has strong affiliations throughout the CUNY system, with Faculty Affiliates including: Dr. David Bimbi (Laguardia Community College), Dr. Christian Grov (Brooklyn College), Dr. Nancy Foldi (Queens College),  Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital (Elon College), Dr. David Marcotte (Fordham University), Dr. Jose Nanin (Kingsborough Community College), and Dr. John Pachankis (Yeshiva University). In addition, CHEST has strong collaborative partnerships with investigators at Purdue University, New York Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wayne State University. As an academic research center, CHEST supports post-doctoral fellows, doctoral candidates, master’s students, and undergraduate interns. The majority of our doctoral students attend the CUNY Graduate Center’s Social-Personality Doctoral Program (working with Drs. Parsons and Golub), Neuropsychology Doctoral Program (working with Dr. Golub), or the Doctoral Program in Public Health (working with Dr. Parsons).
Affiliated public health faculty: Grov and Parsons
Website: http://www.chestnyc.org

CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College creates understanding of the connections between the everyday lives of urban citizens and their natural world, leading to the discovery and use of cities like New York as learning laboratories to created a sustainable future for cities worldwide. The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) works to realize cities as part of the solution to global sustainability challenges. By merging the science of sustainability with innovative public programming, we examine opportunities available to cities—and their residents—for proactive responses to on-going environmental change. We harness the potential of formal and informal means to inspire a new generation of environmental thinkers. In doing so, we seek to understand and influence the evolution of the urban environment, while connecting the CUNY community, decision-makers and the general public to these critical issues.

CISC explores the nature and complexity of cities through the following themes and questions:

  • Consumption: What are the elements, patterns, and impacts of urban consumption and how do they change over time?
  • Vulnerability and Resilience: How are cities impacted by global environmental change and what are their response capacities?
  • Ecosystem Services: What services to urban ecosystems provide to cities and how can their maintenance and restoration benefit urban areas?

Affiliated public health faculty: Freudenberg and Maantay
Website: http://www.cunysustainablecities.org

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College 

Degrees Offered

MPH        Public Health 
MS/MPH  Nursing: Community/Public Health Nursing/MS/MPH Dual Degree 
MS          Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences 
MS          Nutrition 

Administration and Faculty

Office of the Dean:

Neal L. Cohen, MD
Acting Dean of CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Acting Associate Provost for Health and Social Welfare
Silberman Building
2180 Third Avenue, Room 502
(212) 396-7729

Marilyn Auerbach, DrPH
Acting Senior Associate Dean
Room 509, (212) 396-7727

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 Offices

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, (212) 396-7731

Academic and Student Services

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

Room 309, (212) 396-7720

Diane Brows, MA
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

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

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

Stacey Plichta, ScD
Program Director, Public Health Policy and Management
Room 520, (212) 396-7755

Lorna Thorpe, PhD
Program Director, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Room 546, (212) 396-7746

Martha Crum, PhD
Program Director, Community Health Education

Room 538, (212) 396-7747

Faculty of Hunter College Urban Public Health

Marilyn Iris Auerbach, Associate Professor; DrPH, Columbia; Women’s Issues, Chronic Illness, HIV/AIDS

Barbara Berney, Associate Professor; PhD, Boston University; School Related Health Issues, Working Conditions in Healthcare, Environmental Health and Environmental Health Policy

Jack Caravanos, Associate Professor; DrPH, Columbia; Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Assessments, Hazardous Wastes

Neal L. Cohen, Acting Dean of CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and Acting Associate Provost for Health and Social Welfare;
MD, New York University School of Medicine; Public Mental Health, the Interrelationship of Physical and Mental Well-Being, Stress 

Martha Crum, Visiting Assistant Professor; PhD, CUNY Graduate Center; Public opinion, Media, Health inequalities

Jessie Daniels, Professor; PhD, University of Texas at Austin; Internet and Media, Racial Inequality, LGBT Health, Adolescent Health

Jennifer Dowd, Assistant Professor; PhD, Princeton University; Integrating Biomarking into Social Research, Health Disparities, Stress and Immune Function

Marianne Fahs, Professor; PhD, Michigan; Public Health Economics and Policy, Urban Aging

Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor; DrPH, Columbia; Urban Public Health, HIV Prevention, Public Health Policy

Ann Gaba, Assistant Professor; EdD, Teachers College, Columbia; Movement Disorders, Cancer Prevention, and Needs Assessment for Nutrition Education

William Gallo, Professor; PhD, University of Connecticut; Health Economics, Social Epidemiology, Health Policy     

Elizabeth Glass Geltman, Substitute Associate Professor; LLM, Georgetown University; JD University of Baltimore; Environmental Law and Compliance, Brownfields and Urban Environmental Problems, Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

Mark Goldberg, Associate Professor; PhD, NYU; Industrial Hygiene, Exposure Assessment, Construction Health and Safety

David U. Himmelstein, Professor; MD, Columbia; Health Care Finance and Policy, Health Services Research, Health Care Inequality, Social Justice

Shiro Horiuchi, Associate Professor; PhD, John Hopkins; Longevity and Aging, Health Demography, Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis

Lydia Isaac, Assistant Professor; PhD, Johns Hopkins; Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities; Social Determinants of Health; Chronic Diseases; and Public Policy

Heidi E. Jones, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology; MPH, Hunter College, PhD, Columbia; Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases

Elizabeth Kelvin, Assistant Professor; PhD, Columbia; Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases including HIV, Environmental Causes of Disease and International Health

Susan Klitzman, Professor; DrPH, Columbia; Environmental and Occupational Health and Disease Prevention

May May Leung, Assistant Professor; PhD, RD, The University of North Carolina; Childhood Obesity, Health Communication, Translational Research

Frank Mirer, Professor; PhD, Harvard; Toxicology, Occupational Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Regulatory Policy

Khursheed Navder, Associate Professor; PhD, Kansas; Lipid Metabolism, Alcohol Metabolism, Sensory Evaluation of Foods

Denis Nash, Professor, Epidemiology; PhD, University of Maryland; Public Health Surveillance, Health Disparities, and HIV/AIDS

Charles Platkin, Distinguished Lecturer; PhD, Florida International University; JD, Fordham University; Health Messaging and Behavior Change, Obesity in Adolescents and Adults

Stacey Plichta, Professor; ScD, Johns Hopkins; Health Services Research, Women’s Health, Intimate Partner Violence, Rape and Sexual Violence

Lynn Roberts, Assistant Professor; PhD, Cornell; Adolescent Health, Violence and Prevention, Minority Health

Diana Romero, Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia; Poverty and Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health; Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, Reproductive Health Policy

Mary Schooling, Associate Professor; PhD, UC London

Grace Sembajwe, Associate Professor,
PhD, University of Maryland; Public Health Surveillance, Health Disparities, and HIV/AIDS

Arlene Spark, Professor; EdD, Columbia; Pediatric Nutrition, Nutrition Education, Cardiovascular Health and Promotion

Makram Talih, Associate Professor, Urban Public Health; Ph.D, Yale; Statistics, Data Analysis, Health Disparities Measurement

Lorna Thorpe, Professor; Ph.D, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Public Health Surveillance, Tuberculosis and Injury Epidemiology

Steffie Woolhandler, Professor; MD LSU New Orleans, MPH U.C. Berkeley; Health Care Finance and Policy, Health Services Research, Health Care Inequality, Social Justice

Xiaowei Yang, Associate Professor; PhD, UCLA; Statistical Methods for Variable/Model Selection, Missing Data, and Complex Large-scale Survey Data

Ming-Chin Yeh, Associate Professor; PhD, North Carolina; Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition Intervention and Policy, Nutritional Epidemiology

Christina Zarcadoolas, Associate Professor, Urban Public Health; BA, Barrington College; MA, SUNY ( Stony Brook); PhD, Brown

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