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Requirements for All Tracks


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 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.

A Practicum Project requires a Practicum Sponsor and a Faculty Sponsor. The Course Director of PUBH 807 usually serves as the Faculty Sponsor, but if the Practicum Sponsor is a DPH faculty member, s/he may act as the Faculty Sponsor as well. Before the student registers, the PUBH 807 Practicum Project Application must be approved by both Sponsors and the TC (on Blackboard).  A Practicum Sponsor may be someone who is not a DPH faculty member. The student meets with the Practicum Project Sponsor weekly.

The content of Practicum Projects must be related to public health and should be directly related to the student’s track. 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, pedagogy, community-based or organizational capacity building in public health, conducting a systematic 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.

The student will develop a detailed learning/work plan that includes the hours/dates associated with all activities: project objectives, a description of activities, a description of the final product and how it will be assessed. This will be reviewed and approved by the Practicum Sponsor and Faculty Sponsor and will be used to evaluate the student at the end of the project. 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 and Faculty Sponsor must both approve the final project with a pass/fail. 

Waiving out of PUBH 807: For students who have equivalent post-masters training experience in public health practice, submit a formal one-page request along with a current CV to your Advisor for approval and then to the TC for approval. The waiver request must be detailed and document equivalent public health practice experience, including a description of the work, the dates, the exact role(s) played by the student, and any output documenting the work and the student’s role (e.g., a report). Experience must have been post-MPH (i.e., MPH practicum experiences are not acceptable). Students with non-public health master’s degrees will not be granted a waiver of the Practicum Project, except in the clearest of circumstances. Students who are waived from PUBH 807 must replace the 3 credits with another course, approved by their Advisor.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks*

  • Approval of Application by Faculty Sponsor, Practicum Sponsor, and Track Coordinator

  • 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): Through lectures and problem-solving workshops, this course introduces fundamental methodological aspects of epidemiology to the intermediate-level student.

  • 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

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 with permission of the instructor, have the Second Exam defense scheduled within the first two weeks of the semester. Students must successfully defend the Second Exam to continue 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 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 coursework; successful defense of the Second Exam

Dissertation Research

PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar (0 credits): This is a non-credit required course that students must take every semester they are enrolled in PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04 or PUBH 900.The dissertation seminar meets 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). 

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Taken only while enrolled in in PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04 or PUBH 900.

PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04 Supervised Dissertation Research (12 credits): Students pursue doctoral research leading to the required dissertation under the supervision of their dissertation sponsor. Doctoral faculty provide supervision on data analysis, presentation and interpretation of findings.
The student must be registered for this course in the same or preceding semester the student deposits their dissertation.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites for PUBH 89901:
    All coursework including PUBH 891;successful submission of dissertation proposal draft
    (For students making exceptional progress, PUBH 89901 & 02  may be registered for in the same semester only if the proposal has been successfully defended before the add/drop period)

  • Prerequisites for PUBH 89902:
    PUBH 89901;successful defense of dissertation proposal

  • Prerequisites for PUBH 89903-04:
    PUBH 89901-2; successful progress with the dissertation.
    (For students making exceptional progress, PUBH 89903 & 04 may be registered for in the same semester with the approval of the track coordinator)


PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision (0 credits):  Students requiring additional time to complete their dissertation after the completion of PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04, must register for PUBH 900 and PUBH 898. This as well as PUBH 898 will appear as audit on the transcript.

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 89901/02/03/04 Supervised Dissertation Research
PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar


Students in all cohorts and all tracks take two examinations to test their mastery of the curriculum. Students must apply in advance to take both and students must be in good academic standing to apply.
The First Exam is given after students have completed track- and cohort-specific core coursework. Students work on the Second Exam after all required coursework has been completed except PUBH 891 and PUBH 89901/02/03/04. Students cannot take PUBH 891 or begin their dissertation research until they have passed this exam.