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Requirements for All Tracks

Core Courses

PUBH 800 Cities, Society, and Health (3 credits): This course presents an ecological, multilevel approach to the study of urban health and brings together public health and social science disciplines to examine the impact of city living on population health.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks


PUBH 801 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research (3 credits): This course prepares students to investigate causes and solutions to complex urban health problems by bringing together concepts, theories and methods from a variety of disciplines that contribute to our understanding of urban health. It also focuses on research that contributes to reducing health disparities and promoting well-being in urban communities.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisite: PUBH 800


PUBH 805 Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health (3 credits): This course will introduce students to intermediate level approaches and applications in conducting quantitative research in urban public health. It follows introductory biostatistics and epidemiology courses. Course objectives include understanding the assumptions, application, and interpretation of generalized linear regression models, including linear, logistic, Poisson, and proportional hazards models; understanding standard methods for making inferences on model parameters, including Wald testing and ratio testing; and being able to fit generalized linear regression models and diagnose the appropriateness of models using standard statistical software. Particular attention will be made to choosing and defining the right outcome(s), given specific research questions and available data; defining appropriate comparison groups; and understanding the assumptions of each model in order to make appropriate choices and analytic decisions for different types of data and research questions common to urban health research. Labs will allow students to practice these new skills. The final examination will include a project in which students develop and carry out an analysis of an urban health research question using a publically accessible dataset.

  • Required for all cohorts in CSH, EOH, and HPM tracks. For EPI students PUBH 824 Applied Biostatistics should be taken in its place

  • For cohorts preceding 2012, this course should be used to meet the prior requirement for PUBH 802 Advanced Methods & Ethical Issues in Urban Health Research

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: 820 Epidemiologic Methods I or equivalent


PUBH 806 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health (3 credits): This course will introduce students to approaches in designing and conducting qualitative research in topics of relevance to public health. It is intended to provide doctoral students with a foundation in the various qualitative data collection and analysis methods, focusing on their application to public health practice and research. It will cover elements of qualitative research design, data collection, analysis, and writing for publication. This will be integrated with the main assignment in which students develop a proposal for a qualitative research project tailored to address a specific public health research question.

  • Required for the 2012 and following cohorts


PUBH 807 Practicum Project(3 credits) (Pass/Fail): The DPH Practicum Project is a planned, supervised and evaluated experience that allows students to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired through learning experiences in a practice setting. The DPH Practicum Project requires 180 practicum hours that can be completed in a range of organizations across New York City or elsewhere. Students must document how the 180 practicum hours are spent. The student must complete a detailed learning plan, a summary report (that includes objectives), a self-evaluation, and a final report. It is the belief of the DPH Program and the CUNY School of Public Health that there is always a new topical, methodological, or positional approach that will allow students to gain new experience or skills or benefit from the additional practical experience. Therefore, the Practicum Project requirement cannot be waived, as even students with extensive experience in public health practice and leadership can benefit from applied public health experiences that they have not yet encountered in their careers.

A Practicum Project requires a Practicum Sponsor. A Practicum Sponsor is usually not a DPH faculty member, nor faculty of another academic organization, because the Practicum Project is meant to be action-oriented, leading to public health action. However, the proposed Practicum Project may meet this criterion if it involves collaboration between the CUNY SPH or another academic organization and an external, non-academic organization, with the express purpose of producing work that generates public health action.

Before the student registers, the PUBH 807 Practicum Project Application must be approved by the Practicum Sponsor and the Course Instructor (on Blackboard).

The content of Practicum Projects must be related to public health action and be practice-oriented. A Practicum Project can include any aspect of public health practice, including leadership, practice-based research or evaluation, dissemination, primary data collection, data management, data analysis, manuscript/report preparation, policy development or analysis, community-based or organizational capacity building in public health, conducting a systematic literature review, designing data collection instruments, developing research/evaluation/intervention protocols, and developing grant proposals. While any of this work can be part of a project team, the work that is specifically being conducted by the student and the student contribution to the project (over and above those of others on the project team) must be clearly delineated and approved by the Practicum Sponsor. See the Frequently Asked Questions in the manual.

The student will develop a detailed learning/work plan that includes the hours/dates associated with all activities, project objectives, a description of activities, and a description of the final product and how it will be assessed. This will be reviewed and approved by the Practicum Sponsor and will be used to evaluate the student at the end of the project. The student meets with the Practicum Project Sponsor weekly. The final assessment will be based primarily on the final practicum report, which must document the achievement of each of the project objectives. Each must include a detailed self-evaluation, a summary of the project activities and how the project objectives were met. The Practicum Sponsor must evaluate the final project and assign a pass/fail grade (where fail is less than 70%). The final Practicum Project grade will be determined by this grade in combination with grades given by the Course Instructor for three other submissions completed over the Project period: Detailed Learning Plan (15%), Progress Report (10%), Final Report (60%), Self-evaluation/Reflection (15%). The Course Instructor assigns the final grade.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks*

  • Approval of Application by Practicum Sponsor and Course Director

  • Prerequisites: PUBH 800;PUBH 801

* Students in the 2013 and preceding cohorts who have not completed the Leadership Project may do so by registering for the PUBH 807 Practicum Project. Depending on cohort requirements (2012 and 2013 Cohorts: PUBH 89201 and 02 Leadership Project; 2011 and Preceding Cohorts: PUBH 89201 and 02 Leadership Project & a 3 credit leadership elective) this option will require replacing credits (3 or 6) with additional course(s).


PUBH 820 Epidemiologic Methods I Research Design and Inference (3 credits): This course provides an intermediate-level understanding of the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies, including causal inference, measurement, major study designs, threats to validity, and their application to public health issues. The class includes lectures on research methods, hands-on data analysis exercises, discussions about determining causation through epidemiological research.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks


PUBH 893 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar (3 credits): The Public Health Leadership Seminar introduces students to theories and models of leadership and organizational change and helps students to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders. Using a case study approach, students analyze successful and unsuccessful examples of public health leadership and organizational change.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisite: PUBH 800;PUBH 801

Research and Dissertation Seminars

All students are required to complete an original dissertation research project. For a full explanation of this process, see pages 47-70 for Dissertation Guidelines. To prepare for the dissertation, students take two research seminars, the first within the second year of coursework (PUBH 890) and the second after completing all required courses (PUBH 891). While students are writing the dissertation, they register for PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision and PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar.

PUBH 890 Advanced Research Seminar I (3 credits): Students develop specific research questions pertaining to potential areas of interest for their doctoral dissertations and prepare a proposal that specifies a research question, a public health rationale for the study and an appropriate research design and methods. Students will be expected to complete a literature review and design a study, which may later lead to a dissertation proposal.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: PUBH 800; PUBH 801


PUBH 891 Advanced Research Seminar II (3 credits): Guides advanced students in the completion of their dissertation proposal and, if needed, Institutional Review Board (IRB) application for dissertation research. Faculty assist students to refine the research design, to fully develop appropriate research methods and analytic strategies and to provide protection for human subjects in their dissertation research. In order to take
PUBH 891 Research Seminar II, students need to have defended the Second Exam or have permission of the instructor and have the Second Exam defense scheduled within the first two weeks of the semester. Students must successfully defend the Second Exam within the first two weeks of the semester in order to remain in the course.

As part of PUBH 891 students are required to complete and submit The Dissertation Progress Report.

The online component of CUNY’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a required part of this course. DPH students will be exempt from the in-person workshop of CUNY’s RCR.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: All other coursework; successful defense of the Second Exam


PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar (0 credits): This is a non-credit required course that students must take every semester they are working on the dissertation and registered for PUBH 900. The dissertation seminar meets up to four times a semester and serves as a workshop in which students attend Public Health Grand Rounds, present and discuss their dissertation research, and review aspects of each other’s work (peer review). The student must be registered for this course number in the same or preceding semester the student deposits the dissertation. After the student is advanced to candidacy, this course number will appear as audit on the transcript. See pages 47-70.
Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: All coursework and exams

  • Taken only while working on the dissertation and registered for PUBH 900


PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision (0 credits): Students pursue doctoral research leading to the required dissertation under the supervision of their dissertation sponsor. Doctoral faculty provide supervision on research design, data management and analysis, presentation and interpretation of findings. The student must be registered for this course number in the same or preceding semester the student deposits thee dissertation. After the student is advanced to candidacy, this course number will appear as audit on the transcript. See pages 47-70.

Grades of NRP (No Record of Progress) or SP (Satisfactory Progress) will appear when the student is enrolled and will change to P when the student graduates.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: All coursework and exams

  • Taken only while working on the dissertation and registered for PUBH 898

Overview of Required Courses for all DPH Students


Requirements for all DPH students:  
PUBH 800 Cities, Society, and Health
PUBH 801 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research
PUBH 805/802 (EPI take PUBH 824) Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
PUBH 806 (2012 and following cohorts) Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health
PUBH 893 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar
PUBH 807 Practicum Project
PUBH 820 Epidemiologic Methods I
PUBH 890 Advanced Research Seminar I
PUBH 891 Advanced Research Seminar II
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision
PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar

Examinations

Students in all cohorts and all tracks take two examinations to test their mastery of the curriculum. Students must apply in advance to take each exam and students must be in good academic standing to apply. The First Exam is given after students have completed core coursework. Students work on the Second Exam after all required coursework has been completed except PUBH 891 and the dissertation (PUBH 900 & PUBH 898). Students cannot take PUBH 891 or begin their dissertation research until they have passed this exam.