Nov 18, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health - MPH

Master’s in Public Health

 For the MPH program students apply for one of 5 specializations:

  • Community health education (COMHE)
  • Environmental and occupational health sciences (EOHS-MPH)
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics (EPI-BIOS)
  • Public health policy and management (HPM)
  • Nutrition (NUTR-MPH)

Admission Requirements

1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a GPA of at least 3.0 preferred.

2. The Graduate Record Examination General Test (quantitative, verbal, written) or a prior master’s degree from an accredited U.S. university.

3. Students are expected to present a background in both natural sciences and social sciences  

Applicants to the Community Health Program should have a strong foundation in social and natural sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Biology and Chemistry). Statistics or calculus is strongly recommended.

Applicants to the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Program should have a background in science and mathematics, usually at least 18 undergraduate credits, including a course in statistics or calculus.

Applicants to the Epidemiology-Biostatistics Program should demonstrate evidence of quantitative abilities, such as GRE quantitative score no lower than 550 (old)/146 (new).

Applicants to the Public Health Nutrition Program should have a background in science and mathematics, usually at least 18 undergraduate credits, including a course in statistics or calculus and are required to have completed coursework in food, nutrition, biology and chemistry.

Applications to the Public Health Policy and Management Program should have completed at least 3 undergraduate courses in economics, accounting, business administration, management, public policy, urban affairs, sociology, or political science or a related field.

4. At least one year of work or volunteer experience related to public health, nutrition, environmental or occupational health, social services or community health, health-related research, or health policy, management, administration or a related field is required.

5. For graduates of universities in non-native English-speaking nations, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-administered), or 75 (internet-based, less the speaking component) is required for admission.

Academic Requirements

45 credits chosen as follows: All courses in Group A (15 credits) Public Health Core courses (see below under Course Distribution); Group B (15-18 credits) Specialization courses within one of five areas: community health education, environmental and occupational health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, public health policy and management or public health nutrition; Group C (0-9 credits) Elective courses; and Group D (6-12 credits) Supervised Fieldwork and Culminating Experience.

The culminating experience consists of a professional portfolio and either: a seminar, and paper and oral presentation based on an aspect of the student’s fieldwork (capstone project); or, for student’s with GPA’s ≥3.7 and strong 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, urban health and the specialty area. A list of these competencies is available through the CUNY School of Public Health. 

MPH students may also elect to complete a specialization in


Course Distribution

Group B Specialization Courses Required:

 Select 15-18 credits in one specialization area.

Group C - Elective/Concentration Courses required, 0-9 credits

COMHE 9 credits

EOHS 9 credits

EPI/BIOS 9 credits of which at least 6 must be from EPI75300-75900 for students who choose EPI option or BIOS 75200-75800 for students who choose BIOS option. EPI-BIOS students may also take electives in mapping public health data and clinical trials or other topical electives offered..

HPM 9 credits of which at least 3 credits must be in finance or economics and 3 must be in program or policy evaluation

NUTR 6 credits (for NUTR non-Dietectic Internship (DI) students) and 0 credits for NUTR – DI students


The Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH) concentration (15 credits) consists of:

Group D - Supervised Field Work and Capstone Project

Supervised Fieldwork required, 3 credits

  (210 hrs) or       for NUTR-DI Students

Capstone Seminar required, 3 credits



Note: To be eligible for the American Dietetic Association’s Dietetic Internship Certificate, a requirement for taking the examination to become a registered dietitian, students in the public-health nutrition specialization must complete