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Admissions Requirements

In addition to the Graduate Center admissions requirements, the Doctor of Public Health program requirements include:

  • CV/Resume indicating at least three years of prior relevant teaching, research or programmatic work experience.*
  • A personal statement (as required by the Graduate Center).
  • Completion of a Masters of Public Health degree. Applicants with a Masters or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Masters level public health courses. If accepted to the DPH program, three courses must be completed prior to enrollment and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation: 1)Biostatistics;  2) Epidemiology; 3) Environmental Health; 4) Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health and; 5) Health Policy and Management

Track-specific additional requirements:

  • Community, Society and Health (CSH): At least three Masters-level courses in social dimensions of health and two quantitative research courses (e.g., Biostatistics and Epidemiology).
  • Epidemiology (EPI): At least three Masters' level quantitative research courses (e.g. biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods), preferably with grades of A- or better.
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH): One course in toxicology; at least two courses in either occupational safety and health or environmental sciences; plus one course in public, environmental or occupational health law or policy.
  • Health Policy and Management (HPM): One course in health care systems, management, or administration; one course in health policy; one social science course in a cognate-related field, such as economics, sociology or political science.

Those in the Concentration in Public Health Nutrition must be a Registered Dietician (RD) or have completed the didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).

The Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH) Concentration is open to students in any specialization track who have prior graduate training in MCRSH.

*Hard copy documents as part of the application package should be mailed or delivered directly to:The Office of Admissions (Public Health), The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309.

CUNY SPH Programs are transitioning to a new online centralized application system. Please check back on August 15th for more information and to apply.

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