Degree Offerings & Requirements

Masters of Science (MS)
Masters of Public Health (MPH)
Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH)

Master's of Science

We are not accepting applications for the M.S. program at this time. Please contact the Department for more information.

Master's of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree designed to prepare graduates to tackle real public health problems. As future practitioners, they will be able to apply their breadth of understanding as well as some degree of expertise and experience in at least one specific area of public health.

The School's interdisciplinary MPH degree program allows students to apply cutting edge scientific and technical knowledge to preventing disease and promoting wellness through organized community efforts. The diversity and complexity of today's public health issues require practitioners who understand the political, ethical, economic, and scientific concerns involved in addressing today’s public health challenges. The School's unique focus on linking academic studies with a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience is necessary to meet these challenges. All students participate in at least two distinct public health internships.

MPH Degree Requirements: (2 Tracks)

The program leading to the MPH degree requires 45 to 51 credits. This includes 9 credits of internships, depending on the student's prior experience in public health or related fields, and 30 credits within either the Health Policy and Management or Social Behavior and Community Health track. For students with a bachelor's degree and no graduate education or experience in the field, it is expected that at least two years of full time study will be needed to complete the program.

General Requirements- M.P.H. Degree Program (21 Credits)
EPI 500 Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3)
EPI 551 Basic Principles in Statistical Inference I (3)
BMS 505 Biological Basis of Public Health (3)
EHS 590 Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
HPM 500 Health Care Organization Delivery & Finance(3)
HPM 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
SPH 680 Seminar (2 Semesters)

Track Requirements (30 Credits):

Track 1:Health Policy and Management
Graduates completing the Health Policy and Management concentration will be prepared to manage public health programs. They will learn to articulate alternative models of management/organizational functioning, how these might bear on defining and resolving problems, and understand the uses of organizational research methods in existing organizations. Graduates will be able to utilize communication as a tool for developing participation and motivation among organizational members, as well as performing such core leadership tasks as directing, mentoring, facilitating and brokering. They will be able to state options for change and their supporting theoretical rationale and identify barriers to change, and to develop mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating programs for their effectiveness and quality.

Required Courses (9 credits):
HPM 501 Health Policy Analysis (3);
HPM 641 Principles of Health Organization Management (3); and
HPM 650 Strategy and Leadership Applications in Health Management (3).

Additional Quantitative or Analytical Course (3 credits):
EPI 553 Principles of Statistical Inference II (3);
HPM 550 Financial Management (3);
HPM 635 Economic Evaluation (3); or
HPM 647 Program Evaluation (3)

Three Electives (9 credits):
Choice must be approved by your advisor.

Internships (9 credits):
Up to six credits may be waived.

Track 2:Social Behavior and Community Health
Graduates completing the Social Behavior/Community Health concentration will learn about the influence of individual, group and cultural factors on the health of populations as well as the ways in which these factors influence the development and organization of public health programs and service delivery in communities.  Students will learn how to develop and/or improve health promotion programs by incorporating appropriate principles and methods from the social and behavioral sciences and utilizing needs assessment data.  Students will also learn how to evaluate the implementation and impact of community intervention and public health programs. Courses emphasize the use of theory and research evidence to understand health behavior, guide program development, and inform program evaluation. In addition, this concentration emphasizes community-based practices and principles, and takes a life course approach to understanding health problems.

Program Planning (6 credits):
HPM 535 Community Based Public Health (3); and
HPM 627 Program Development in Health Promotion (3).

Additional Analytical Course (Choose One) (3 credits):
EPI 553 Principles of Statistical Inference II (3);
HPM 520 Fundamentals of Research Design; or
HPM 647 Program Evaluation.

Four Electives (12 credits):

List of Suggested SBCH Electives (Choice must be approved by your advisor):

Social Determinants of Health

HPM 619 Communication and Public Health

HPM 620 Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations

HPM 623 Stress, Social Support Systems and Health


Specific Populations

HPM 530 Maternal and Child Health

HPM 625 Introduction to Public Health and Aging

HPM 645 International Health


Specific Health Problems

HPM 521 Preventing Death, Disease, and Disability

HPM 626 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Chronic Illness

HPM 630 Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective


Internships (9 credits):
Up to six credits may be waived.

Plans of Study (PDF):

Health Policy and Management

Social Behavior and Community Health

*Degree requirements are determined with enrollment to the program. As of this update, these requirements are current but subject to change.

Doctorate of Public Health

The Doctor of Public Health Degree builds on and significantly extends the School's pioneering M.P.H. program. The Dr.P.H. aims to prepare leaders within the public health profession who will address complex public health issues by combining sophisticated analytic and research skills with a broad-based understanding of the political, scientific, medical, statistical, ethical and economic factors that contribute to health problems. The Dr.P.H. is modeled on medical education, giving students both intensive instruction and offering them the opportunity to do four internships, or rotations, through a range of public health programs. The doctoral internship rotations accomplish for public health students what internship rotations are for students in medical school, providing direct, hands-on experience in several areas within the field of health. The culminating experience for Dr.P.H. students will be a doctoral project that demonstrates the student's capability to take charge of a major public health problem using the range of skills acquired. Through its strong relationship with the New York State Department of Health, the School has access to countless research programs in all aspects of public health.

Dr.P.H. students will face a rigorous set of requirements. The program requires 78 to 81 credits beyond the baccalaureate, including 30 credits in six core subject areas considered basic to public health. These core areas are behavioral sciences, biomedical sciences, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health administration. An additional 18 credits of coursework will be completed in Health Policy, Management and Behavior. In addition to the two three-month internships, which amount to 12 credits, the student will complete a doctoral project and dissertation, based on an extended internship of at least nine full-time months in duration in a public health program. To download a copy of the Dr.P.H. booklet with information on the program of study, click here.