CUNY School of Public Health

  • NY


55 W 125th street
5th floor
New York
United States

About Us

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world.


Promoting health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and leadership.


The mission of The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy is to provide a collaborative and accessible environment for excellence in education, research, and service in public health, to promote and sustain healthier populations in New York City and around the world, and to shape policy and practice in public health for all.


In May 2013, Dr. Ayman A.E. El-Mohandes, an internationally recognized leader in the field of public health, was named dean of the CUNY School of Public Health, effective Sept. 2, 2013. El-Mohandes is a pediatrician, epidemiologist and academician with a deep commitment to public service. He served as dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 2009. He is an established researcher in the field of infant mortality reduction in minority populations and he was supported by the NIH between 1994 and 2009 to conduct community-based interventions with pregnant women and new mothers in underserved communities.

The admissions policies of the CUNY School of Public Health are based on the CUNY mission of access and excellence. The School seeks students that reflect the diversity of New York City and can meet the needs of the local, national and international public health workforce. All prospective students are encouraged to attend an Information Session

You may also BOOK AN APPOINTMENT with an Admissions counselor:
Appointments can be in person, Skype, email, phone call. Please schedule an appointment at this link:
SimplyBook.Me: CUNY SPH Admissions

Appointments must be made at least 3 day in advance. If you are unable to make it to the office hours, please feel free to contact us at or call me at 646-664-8355

Duration: 30 minutes

To prepare for your session:
a. Please email an update copy of your resume.
b. Email an electronic version of your official or unofficial transcripts.
c. Please be sure to indicate your program of interest.

For information on applying to the CUNY SPH MPH and MS programs, please visit the following link:

Tips for Applying to MPH and MS Programs

For the Graduate and Doctoral Programs you must use SOPHAS to apply.

Instructions on completing the SOPHAS application

TO APPLY:MS/MPH Admissions Requirements

For program specific requirements, please click here.

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2017 (for Fall 2017 matriculation)

Applications for the MPH program are accepted once a year.

  1. SOPHAS online application
  2. Application fee: $135 for your first selection + $45 for each additional one (a)
  3. Official transcripts of all institutions attended (GPA of at least 3.0) (b)
  4. Personal statement / statement of purpose (500 words) (a)
  5. Two letters of recommendation also known as evaluations – for your application to be deemed complete, SOPHAS requires 3 evaluations. (a)
  6. Resume (a)
  7. Background in the field
    • Some programs may accept academic knowledge – 18 credits of health related courses
    • Work experience – one year in related job, internship, volunteer position, etc.
  8. TOEFL – only for those whose native/studies language is not English (c)
    • Paper Based Test: 550
    • Computer Administered Test: 233
    • Internet Based Test: 60 (Reading score + Writing score + Listening score)
    • SOPHAS’ TOEFL code is 5688
  9. Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts (c)
    • Must be from World Education Services (WES)
  10. GRE – Writing, Quantitative and Verbal (c)
    • Not required of those with a master’s degree or higher from a US accredited school
    • SOPHAS’ GRE code is 7914
    • No other standardized test scores are accepted
  11. For program specific requirements, please click here.

(a) Submitted with SOPHAS’ online application
(b) Mailed to SOPHAS
(c) Delivered directly by institution to SOPHAS

Please do not send any transcripts, test scores or official documents to the campus Admissions Office.