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A message from our Executive Officer


A message from our Executive Officer

September 23, 2014

Welcome to the Doctor of Public Health (DPH) Program at the CUNY School of Public Health (CUNY SPH). Our program offers four specialization tracks in the areas of Community, Society and Health; Epidemiology; Environmental and Occupational Health; and Health Policy and Management. Within each of these tracks, we also offer optional concentrations in Public Health Nutrition and Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health. Our rapidly growing program currently includes over 130 full- and part-time students pursuing the DPH degree, with nine graduates to date. Our doctoral program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

With more than 60 faculty, the CUNY DPH program provides an academically rigorous theory and methods-based curriculum. Our faculty includes internationally recognized thought leaders and accomplished researchers, recognized for their intellectual contributions to the field of public health. They have strong publication records in leading public health journals, with diverse and active research portfolios (see figure) that are based in domestic and international settings.

Figure. Word cloud of DPH Faculty research interests

Our learning environment is further enriched by the many seasoned professionals in our student body actively engaged leaders in local and international public health practice.

With these assets, the CUNY DPH Program aims to:

  • Prepare public health researchers to rigorously generate and apply scientific evidence to improve the health of populations;
  • Provide an interdisciplinary education in which graduates are capable of drawing on health-related theory and knowledge from multiple disciplines;
  • Foster multilevel research and intervention – i.e., understanding and addressing public health issues at the individual, household, community, and policy levels;
  • Pay special attention to new and existing linkages between research, practice and policy with relevance to public health.

The CUNY DPH program prepares graduates for fulfilling and meaningful careers as researchers and leaders in public health. We produce graduates who go on to conduct rigorous and impactful public health research. Our placement within the environment of the young and dynamic CUNY School of Public Health allows us to innovate and implement new paradigms of doctoral level training. Set within CUNY, the largest urban public university in the country, our students and faculty draw on expertise and research opportunities across a wide range of disciplines that influence public health such as urban planning, nursing, sociology, psychology, economics, policy, and law.

I hope you will explore our website in more detail, attend one of our upcoming information sessions, and contact us with any questions you may have.


Denis Nash, PhD, MPH
Executive Officer, Doctor of Public Health Program
Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program
CUNY School of Public Health