1. General admissions requirements to the graduate programs in the arts and sciences are observed.
2. The general section of the Graduate Record Examination or a previously earned master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
3. At least 40 credits in undergraduate or graduate level basic science and math courses, such as course(s) in inorganic chemistry (with labs), organic chemistry, general physics, biological, environmental science and/or health sciences. Generally, an undergraduate biology, chemistry, environmental sciences or physics major would satisfy these requirements.
4. Students must also have completed one semester of calculus or statistics.
5. A least 1 year documented work experience in public health or a related field.
Students with a good academic record who do not meet the above requirements may be admitted with conditions upon recommendation of the program admissions committee.
46 Credits Chosen as Follows:
All courses in Group A (15 credits) Public Health Core courses (see below under Course Distribution); Group B (19 credits) Specialization courses within environmental and occupational health sciences; Group C (6 credits) Elective courses; and Group D (6 credits) Supervised Fieldwork and Capstone Project.
The capstone project consists of a comprehensive examination, a professional portfolio and either: A seminar, and paper and oral presentation based on an aspect of the student’s fieldwork; or, for student’s with GPA’s ≥3.7 and strong independent research and writing skills, a master’s essay. The Capstone Project allows students to synthesize academic knowledge with practical skills and experiences. It is designed to assess student skills and competencies in public health and the specialty area. A list of these competencies is available through the CUNY School of Public Health.
Sample Field Placement Sites
ATC Environmental, Inc.
Bellevue Hospital Health and Safety Office
District Council 37
Hunter College Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Metropolitan Bridge & Tunnel Authority
MHRA Healthy Homes Initiative
Mount Sinai Medical Center Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (Local 1199)
NJ State Department of Health Occupational Health Program
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Health Department Environmental Epidemiology Unit Health Research Training Program
NYC Transit Authority
NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
NY State Attorney General’s Office Environmental Protection Bureau
NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
NYU Medical Center Health and Safety Division
United Needle Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE)
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration
U.S. EPA, Region II