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Doctor of Public Health (DPH) Program


The Doctor of Public Health (DPH) program at the Graduate Center (GC) prepares students to be researchers, teachers, and managers who can meet the public health needs of urban populations. It prepares future faculty members for the growing number of training programs in public and community health, and it prepares leaders for the public health workforce.

Courses are taught by doctoral faculty from the Public Health Programs at Brooklyn, Hunter and Lehman Colleges and the Graduate Center. Additional DPH faculty are from other participating CUNY campuses. By drawing on faculty from throughout CUNY, the DPH program offers comprehensive interdisciplinary perspectives on public health and related fields. The GC awards the DPH degree with the CUNY School of Public Health.

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First, let us know who you are. Then, join us for an Information Session and be sure to visit our Prospective Students and FAQs pages.  If you are unable to join us in person, feel free to view our Fall 2014 Info Session here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

CUNY DPH Program Mission

The CUNY DPH Program carries out teaching, research and service to create and sustain a healthier New York City and to promote equitable, efficient, evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing urban populations around the world. Informed by the values of public health, social justice and democracy, the program seeks to become a platform for collaboration to:

  • Examine the causes of and solutions to pressing health problems;
  • Engage the public in an ongoing dialogue on public health policy;
  • Develop a workforce with the capacity to plan and implement health-promoting programs and policies.


Unique Approach to Public Health

Several themes define the unique approaches that distinguish the CUNY DPH Program. These include:

  • Focus on urban public health;
  • Multi-level analysis, research and intervention;
  • Goal is to understand and improve living conditions and health, and reduce inequities;
  • Interdisciplinary blend of public health and social, behavioral and natural sciences;
  • Practice and research-oriented;
  • Collaboration with city agencies and public health institutions (e.g. DOHMH, DOE, HHC);
  • Diversity -- CUNY programs, students, faculty.


Specialization Tracks

  • Community, Society and Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy and Management
Qualified applicants in any track may also apply to an optional concentration in Public Health Nutrition or Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH).

The CUNY School of Public Health is accredited as a School of Public Health from the Council on Education for Public Health.

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