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Doctor of Public Health (DPH) Program


The Doctor of Public Health (DPH) program prepares students to be researchers, teachers, practitioners, and managers who can meet the public health needs of populations, including the population of New York City and around the world. It prepares future faculty members for the growing number of academic training programs in public and community health, and it prepares leaders for the public health workforce.

Courses are taught by doctoral faculty from the Public Health Programs at Brooklyn, Hunter and Lehman Colleges and the Graduate Center. Additional DPH faculty are from other participating CUNY campuses. By drawing on faculty from throughout CUNY, the DPH program offers comprehensive interdisciplinary perspectives on public health and related fields.

The CUNY DPH Program carries out teaching, research and service to create and sustain population health and to promote equitable, efficient, evidence-based solutions to pressing population health problems around the world. Informed by the values of public health, social justice and democracy, the DPH Program seeks to become a platform for collaboration to:
  • Examine the causes of and solutions to pressing health problems;

  • Engage the public in an ongoing dialogue on public health policy;

  • Develop a workforce with the capacity to plan and implement health-promoting programs and policies.

Learn More

First, let us know who you are. Then, join us for an Information Session and be sure to visit our Prospective Students and FAQs pages.  If you are unable to join us in person, feel free to view our Fall 2014 Info Session here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

CUNY DPH Program Mission

  • Prepare students to provide leadership in public health as researchers, managers, policy makers, advocates, and faculty in academic institutions;
  • Contribute new knowledge to understanding the multi-level determinants of population health; and
  • Assist communities, governments, and organizations to conduct research and interventions that promote health and prevent disease in populations.


Unique Approach to Public Health

Several themes define the unique approaches that distinguish the CUNY DPH Program. These include:

  • Multi-level analysis, research and intervention;
  • Understanding and improving living conditions and health to reduce inequities;
  • Interdisciplinary blend of public health and social, behavioral and natural sciences;
  • Practice-based research;
  • Collaboration with government agencies and public health institutions (e.g. DOHMH, DOE, HHC);
  • Diversity -- CUNY programs, students, faculty.


Specialization Tracks

  • Community, Society and Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy and Management
Qualified applicants in any track may also apply to an optional concentration in Public Health Nutrition or Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH).

The CUNY School of Public Health is accredited as a School of Public Health from the Council on Education for Public Health.

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