Graduate Programs in Public Health

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree requires that students take coursework that focuses on core areas of public health as well as courses in a specific area. Options include epidemiology, health policy and management, health administration, behavioral sciences and health education, environmental health, biostatistics, biomedical sciences, and global health. The Master of Public Health degree usually takes two years to complete, and is intended to prepare students to be public health practitioners.

Other options that prepare students for working in the field include the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.), Master of Health Education (M.H.E.), and Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degrees. Degrees like a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are intended to prepare students for more academic and research-focused work in the public health field.

Throughout the U.S., there are 38 accredited graduate schools of public health. (For more information on these schools and accreditation, please visit The Association of Schools of Public Health and The Council on Education for Public Health's Web sites). New York State is home to three of these schools as well as one school seeking accreditation. There are also seven accredited public health programs in New York. While all of these schools and programs offer a Master of Public Health degree, some also offer Master of Science, Doctor of Public Health and other degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Many graduate schools and programs require the following as part of an application:

Use the links below to visit school and program Web sites to find out more about specific application procedures and requirements.

Graduate Schools of Public Health

Graduate Programs of Public Health