Hunter Public Health Admissions Essay

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1. What degrees are offered at the CUNY School of Public Health?

The CUNY School of Public Health offers master’s and doctoral degree programs that prepare students to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century. The school emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex health problems by analyzing their causes at multiple levels of organization (such as individual, family, community, city, and nation) and planning interventions that address these levels of influence.

Please CLICK HERE for a complete listing of all degrees that are offered.

3. How can I learn more about admissions requirements?

Virtual information chat sessions offer interested students a chance to chat with admissions staff at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Click here to join us for an information chat session on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10:30am to 1:30pm EST.

If you would like to contact us with questions, please email us at or call us at (646) 664-8355. Alternately, see the list of information sessions on our campus.

Beyond reviewing the details hyperlinked below, we suggest that all prospective students attend an Information Session in order to learn more about the school and specific degree program requirements.  Faculty representatives will be available to help answer any additional questions you may have. You can view the full upcoming calendar, and RSVP to an event through our Information Sessions webpage .

You can view Admission Information and Curriculum Outlines by clicking on the links below:

9. Does CUNY SPH offer online-only programs?

No, but many of the core classes are available online. Also, some departments may offer hybrid or online courses for the specialized courses.

Please note that this does not apply to the doctoral program; all doctoral classes are only available in person.

11. When are classes offered?

Our program caters to the working student, so our classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening so students can work during the day. We also offer online and hybrid classes.

12. How can I schedule a campus visit?

You can schedule a campus visit by booking an appointment with an Admissions counselor. Appointments can be in person or via Skype, email, or phone call. Please schedule an appointment at this link:

Appointments must be made at least three days in advance. If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact us at or call 646-664-8355. Duration: 30 minutes

14. Where do our students work?

From the 2016 Alumni Survey:

o   New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygieneo   12.33%
o   City government other than Department of Health & Mental Hygieneo   2.74%
o   State government other than Department of Healtho   2.74%
o   Hospital or Healthcare Organizationo   20.55%
o   Private Sectoro   12.33%
o   Federal governmento   1.37%
o   Non-governmental organizationo   19.18%
o   University or collegeo   9.59%
o   Othero   19.18%

15. What are the benefits of completing an accredited degree?

CEPH-accredited schools and programs offer the following key benefits to students:

Comprehensiveness: The CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health provide a variety of degrees in public health, including undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral degrees in a number of area of study.

Rigor: Each CEPH-accredited school and program goes through a rigorous accreditation process on a regular basis to assure students of a quality educational experience.

Flexibility: Many CEPH- accredited schools and programs of public health offer online programs, dual degree programs and executive programs.

Qualification: Eligibility to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

Opportunity: Eligibility for public health internships and fellowships sponsored by various federal agencies, as well as student assistance resources that are available only through accredited schools and programs.

Recognition: Because CEPH-accredited schools and programs are peer-reviewed, students can be sure their institution has met the standards established by CEPH.

26. I’m a current student at another CUNY school and I would like to take a class at CUNY SPH. How do I go about this?

You need to submit the request to take a course on ePermit via CUNYfirst. ePermit facilitates the process of CUNY students obtaining permission to register for courses offered at other CUNY colleges. Prior to taking courses at another institution a student should inquire at the Host College for registration dates and procedures governing visiting CUNY students on ePermit.

Please note that an ePermit does not automatically register a student for a course nor does issuance of an ePermit guarantee enrollment at the Host College. Once you have enrolled at the Host College, cancellation of an ePermit does not delete your course registration; see details below regarding student responsibilities.

You must be a current CUNY student to apply through ePermit. If you have already graduated, then you cannot apply through ePermit and your options are to either apply as a non-matriculating student or apply to the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program.

You can learn more about ePermit here. You can find information on how to request an ePermit here. Contact with questions.

28. Do any CUNY SPH programs qualify for a STEM extension?

Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields may qualify for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension of 24 months, in addition to their initial period of Post-Completion OPT (12 months).

The following CUNY SPH programs are considered STEM:

  • MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (CIP 51.2202)
  • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (CIP 51.2202)
  • DPH in Environmental and Occupational Health (CIP 51.2202)
  • MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CIP 26.1309)
  • DPH in Epidemiology (CIP 26.1309)

34. How many credits do I need to take to be considered a full time student?

Full time status for certificate and MPH/MS students is 12 credits. For doctoral students, it is 7 credits. Only International and Veteran students are required to maintain full time status.  If a student wants to get federal aid, then they need to register for 6 credits; all other students may register for the number of credits as they see fit.

MPH Program in Public Health

The Lehman College Master of Public Health (MPH) Program prepares students for professional careers in the health field as practitioners and researchers. Students will also be prepared to continue in graduate studies to pursue doctoral degrees. The MPH Program has been designed to meet the standards for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In addition to the competencies required in an MPH Program, the Lehman College MPH Program offers a specialization in community-based public health with a focus on health equity.

On June 28, 2010, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the governance plan for the CUNY School of Public Health. Beginning in 2010, all public health degree programs at CUNY are now part of the School of Public Health. The CUNY School of Public Health is a collaborative school that includes existing public health degree programs at Brooklyn, Lehman and Hunter Colleges and the Graduate Center as well as faculty members from these and other CUNY units. Learn more about the School of Public Health at If you have questions about the School of Public Health's offering, contact the Program Director:


The mission of the Lehman College Master of Public Health Program is to address the critical need for public health services in the Bronx and surrounding communities where poor socioeconomic conditions exacerbate inequalities in health status and healthcare. The program is dedicated to promoting values that foster a commitment to addressing the needs of a diverse population, particularly the underserved. The educational, research, and service goals of the program reflect a commitment to community engagement in the development of public health programs and policies. The Lehman College MPH Program Advisory Board serves to promote community participation and leadership in the public health academic program and fulfillment of its mission.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university, or a bachelor's degree with successful completion of relevant prerequisite coursework.
  • At least one year of work experience in public health or related work in the health field. Volunteer experience may be considered in certain circumstances.
  • Ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having attained a minimum grade average of B in the undergraduate record as a whole.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a Personal Essay.
  • Scores from the Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination or proof of an earned master's degree from an accredited U.S. university.
  • If submitting documents from institutions whose language of instruction is not English, an official translation and evaluation of the transcript and competency in English as demonstrated through TOEFL scores of at least 550.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of 46 graduate credits and includes core courses, an area of specialization, elective graduate courses, a supervised internship, a capstone seminar and a capstone project. Course and credit requirements are as follows:

Core Courses (19 credits): All students are required to take the following courses and credits:

PHE 600Biostatistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
PHE 606Public Health Epidemiology (3 cr.)
PHE 700History and Philosophy of Public Health (3 cr.)
PHE 701Public Health Policy and Management (3 cr.)
PHE 702Environmental Health (4 cr.)
PHE 703Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 cr.)

Specialization (9 credits): All students are required to take the following courses and credits:

PHE 709Health Equity and Social Justice (3 cr.)
PHE 710Public Health Research Methods (3 cr.)
PHE 715Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 cr.)

Electives (9 credits) Graduate-level courses* selected with the approval of the graduate adviser.

Internship (3 credits)

PHE 770Public Health Internship (180 hours)

Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

PHE 790Public Health Capstone Seminar

Capstone Project (3 credits)

PHE 792Public Health Capstone Project

Full-time MPH faculty:

  • Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, MS., EdD.
  • Luisa Borrell, DDS, Ph.D.
  • Jane Levitt, MPA, Ph.D., Director
  • Juliana Maantay, MUP, Ph.D.
  • Barbara Menendez, MPH, Ph.D.
  • Cheryl Merzel, MPH, DrPH.

*Other graduate programs in the Department of Health Sciences include M.S.Ed. Program, Health N-12 Teacher, M.A. in Health Education and Promotion, M.S. in Nutrition and M.S.Ed. in Recreation Education

The Lehman College MPH is designed as a part-time program. Students can take courses in the fall, spring, summer and winter semesters. All classes are in the evenings and weekends.

For information, contact:

Deborah Rubin, Admissions Coordinator
(718) 960-8856
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011



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