Health Sciences Bulletin

Program in Public Health

  • Master of Public Health

    Master of Public Health

    Admission to the MPH Degree Program

      

    Although admission requirements are rigorous, the Program in Public Health aims to develop camaraderie, cooperation, and cohesiveness among students in each cohort. For this reason, admission to the Program is during the fall semester only.

    We are seeking intellectually inquisitive people from different socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds who can provide special contributions to the field of public health and the program. The Program considers the potential contribution of each applicant to the student body and the public health field. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, professional accomplishment, and personal attributes. Excellent written and oral communication skills are expected. Fluency in more than one language is not required for admission, but it is becoming increasingly desirable for the practice of public health. The Program reserves the right to limit class size in order to maintain a faculty/student ratio that ensures a high quality academic program. Therefore, Program admission is highly selective, and all qualified applicants may not be accepted.

    The MPH program is open to students from all academic disciplines. Students can select from one of three concentrations including Community Health, Health Analytics and Health Policy and Management.

    The MPH admissions requirements for the program are:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or better. Admitted students usually have GPAs that are higher than 3.0. The major must have an equivalent at the State University of New York (SUNY).

    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools. Transcripts for all degrees earned in schools outside the U.S. or Canada must be evaluated by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. (See section on International Students for more information about this process. The requirement for evaluation of transcripts is waived for graduates of foreign medical schools with a current license to practice in the U.S.)

    • Official GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) scores are required (within last 5 years).  This requirement is waived for applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian university. Applicants to the MD/MPH program may substitute MCAT scores for the GRE.  Applicants to the MBA/MPH program may substitute GMAT scores.  Applicants to the DDS/MPH may substitute DAT scores.  A request to substitute any other standardized test scores for the GRE needs to be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director for Student Affairs. 

    • Three references from persons who can address the applicant’s capacity to provide leadership in public health and complete a course of graduate study. If the applicant is a student or has graduated within the last two years, at least one letter must be from a college or university faculty member with whom the applicant has studied. If the applicant is a member of the public health workforce, at least one letter must be from a senior administrator in the organization who is familiar with his/her work.

    • One essay, no more than 500 words.  Topic: How does your background, training, and experience prepare you for a leadership role in Public Health?

    • Completion of the on-line application, SOPHAS, by the deadline of each admission cycle.

    • A personal interview, if requested by the MPH Admissions Committee.

    • Any other requirements of the Graduate School not stated here.

    For International Students:

    • International students who trained in non-English speaking schools and do not reside in an English speaking country are required to take the TOEFL exam. The expected minimum score is 213 for the Computer-Based Test, 90 for the Internet-Based Test, and 550 for the Paper-Based Test. In addition to the minimum score of 90 on the internet-based exam, each subsection score must be at least a 22.

    • International students are required to have a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. We require using World Education Services. This evaluation provides a U.S. course equivalent including semester hours earned, course content, and corresponding letter grade for all courses listed on the international applicant’s transcript.

    This evaluation must be completed before the application can be considered.

    For more information about the requirements for international students, click here.

    Admissons Committee

    The Admissions Committee considers all factors including grades, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, essays, prior training and professional experience. It is a goal of the Admissions Committee to select applicants who have the academic capability, aptitude, character, personal qualities, and commitment to provide future value to society through leadership and creative contributions to the field of public health.

    The Admissions Committee encourages applications from persons in the public health workforce and weighs their professional experience heavily in admissions decisions.

    Admitted Students

    Once admitted, the program has the following requirements that must be completed by orientation:

    • All entering students must complete the online Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) training before the MPH Orientation.   


    • All entering students must complete the online Protection of Human Subjects training before the MPH Orientation. The course is offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  More information can be found on page 24 of this bulletin.


    • All entering students must take an on-line Math Assessment no later than the time of Orientation (if later, it must be with permission of the Director) and prior to enrolling in the Biostatistics courses.
     

    • Also, it is expected that incoming students will be computer literate and email capable, and have library skills sufficient for graduate work. For students with deficiencies in these areas, resources are available through the Health Sciences Center Library to acquire or update them.

    • Also, it is expected that incoming students will be computer literate and email capable, and have library skills sufficient for graduate work. For students with deficiencies in these areas, resources are available through the Health Sciences Center Library to acquire or update them, as necessary.

    Curriculum

    The curriculum for the MPH degree is competency-based in order to comply with current efforts to improve the quality and accountability of public health training programs. The Graduate Program in Public Health faculty developed the required MPH Core Competencies, using the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), Master’s of Public Health Core Competency Development Project as the starting point.

    To ensure that all students have a broad understanding of the basic areas of public health, every student is required to complete all MPH Core courses satisfactorily. Students receive training in the five basic, discipline-specific, competency areas of public health: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and the social and behavioral sciences. Students also receive core competency education in informatics and communication, professionalism, systems thinking, research methods, and problem solving. The Community Health, Health Analytics, and Health Policy and Management concentrations have concentration-specific competencies. The program’s success in transmitting the competencies to students is measured before and after completion of the Program (Orientation and Graduation Competency Assessments), as well as before and after each Core course (Pre/Post Course Competency Assessments). A table with the complete list of MPH Core Competencies and Concentration Competencies is on the Graduate Program in Public Health website.

    Overview

    MPH Core (39 credits)
    Course # Title Credits
    HPH 500 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 3
    HPH 501 Introduction to the Research Process 3
    HPH 506 Biostatistics I 3
    HPH 507 Biostatistics II 3
    HPH 508 Health Systems Performance 3
    HPH 514 Epidemiology for Public Health 3
    HPH 516 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
    HPH 523 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health 3
    HPH 525 Evaluating Public Health Initiatives 3
    HPH 550 Theories of Health Behavior & Communication 3
    HPH 555 Demography & Global Health 3
    HPH 562 Data Management & Informatics 3
    HPH 564 Qualitative Methods 3
    MPH Culminating Experience (6 credits)
    Course # Title Credits
    HPH 580 Practicum 3
    HPH 581 Capstone  3
    MPH Concentration (9 credits)
    Total Credit Hours for MPH Program (54 credits)

    Health Analytics Concentration

    The mission of this concentration is to prepare public health professionals with the analytical, research, and statistical skills necessary to benchmark and evaluate health improvement initiatives in community and health care settings.  Increasingly, the health field is challenged to adopt an evidence-based approach to preventing and treating disease and disability. The concentration in Health Analytics will play a critical role in meeting this challenge. There is a special emphasis on integrating cost effectiveness and cost benefit concepts into the curriculum so that resource allocation issues are considered.

    The faculty has training in research design, implementation of research projects, and analysis of data as well as expertise in evaluating the performance of specific areas of the health system. Faculty members study a variety of health issues including health care quality improvement, patient decision-making, and determinants of health and disease. Some faculty members work with physicians to improve clinical outcomes for patients with heart disease, cancer, asthma, and other conditions. Others work with health care administrators to increase efficiency in the use of health care resources in hospitals and other medical care settings. Others work with organizations to improve health in communities.

    Required Courses
    Course # Title Credits
    HPH 560 Applied Biostatistics 3
    HPH 559 Advanced Research Methods 3
    HPH 534 Spatial Analysis: Health Application 3

    Community Health Concentration

    The mission of this concentration is to prepare students for community-based work in public health. Students will acquire skills and knowledge related to planning, implementing, and evaluating community health improvement projects and interventions, as well as learn the principles of community engagement and community-based participatory research.

    Required Courses
    Course # Title Credits
    HPH 551 Practice of Health Communications 3
    HPH 552 Planning and Implementing Community Health Initiatives 3
    HPH 553 Advanced Evaluation of Community Health Initiatives 3
     

    Health Policy and Management Concentration

    The mission of this concentration is to provide students with the policy background, knowledge and skills that will be particularly useful in advancing careers involving management functions in health and healthcare related organizations. Courses address economics, policy and principles of management.  Some courses in this concentration are offered in collaboration with Stony Brook's College of Business. 

    Required Courses
    Course # Title Credits
    HPH 527 Health Economics and Policy 3
    HPH 529 Fundamentals of Healthcare Management 3
      Choose one course from the following list  
    MBA 501 Managerial Economics 3
    MBA 505 Marketing 3
    MBA 509 Operations Management 3


    Or, with approval of the Concentration Head (and consent of the instructor or Program Director, if needed), other courses in the University related to the student's goals may be substituted.

  • Combined/Concurrent Degrees

    Combined and Concurrent Degree Programs

    Combined Undergraduate Programs

    The Program in Public Health offers several combined undergraduate degree programs including a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Mathematics and Statistics/MPH; a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmacology/MPH; a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Women's Studies/MPH; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Earth and Space Sciences/ MPH.

    For the first two or three years, students complete undergraduate coursework including General Education and undergraduate major requirements. During either their third or fourth year (once a majority of their undergraduate degree requirements are completed), students begin taking graduate courses as outlined by the plan of study. In their fifth and sixth years, students complete the remaining graduate requirements for the MPH degree.

    Admission Requirements
    Under Stony Brook policy, students must complete 60 credits of undergraduate course work (Junior Status) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all college work before being admitted into any combined Bachelor/Masters degree program. Additional entry requirements for the MPH combined degree consist of:

    • GPA of at least 3.3 for courses required in undergraduate major
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members in the undergraduate major
    • Completion of the MPH online application, using SOPHAS Express, the centralized application for schools and programs in public health, for review by the MPH Admissions Committee

    Combined and Concurrent Graduate Programs
    The Program in Public Health collaborates with the following programs to offer combined programs with the Master of Public Health degree:

    1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    2. Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP)
    3. Master of Science in Nutrition (MS) (on-line)
    4. Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    5. Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDS) (concurrent)

    MBA/MPH

    In collaboration with the College of Business, we offer a combined MBA/MPH degree which prepares students for a management career in the health field. The MBA/MPH program includes about 20 credits of overlap, which reduces the total number of credits in the combined program to 81. Students select a MPH concentration in any of the three concentrations: Community Health, Health Analytics, or Health Policy and Management. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program.

    Special Note: Students in the combined MBA/MPH program pay the graduate MBA tuition rate. For more information visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/bursar/tuition/mba.shtml.

    MPH/MAPP

    In collaboration with the Political Science Department, we offer a combined MPH/MAPP degree that prepares students for a career in public health administration and policy-making. The MPH/MAPP program includes about 24 credits of overlap, which reduces the total number of credits in the combined program to 63-66. Students select a MPH concentration in any of the three concentrations: Community Health, Health Analytics, or Health Policy and Management. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program.

    MPH/MS in Nutrition

    In collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine, Program in Nutrition, we offer a combined MPH/MS in Nutrition degree for individuals who are interested in leadership roles in which knowledge of nutrition is both marketable and practical.  The MPH/MS Nutrition program includes 12-15 credits of overlap, which reduces the total number of credits in the combined program to 75-78 (depending on the MPH concentration). Students select an MPH concentration in Health Analytics, Health Policy and Management, or Community Health. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program.  All MPH courses are offered on-site.  All Nutrition courses are offered on-line.

    Admission Requirements Combined Programs

    Students who wish to be considered for admission into the combined MBA/MPH, MPH/MAPP, or MPH/MS in Nutrition degree program must comply with all admission requirements for the MPH degree alone. The MPH Admissions Committee reviews completed applications initially and recommends eligible applicants to the College of Business Admissions Committee, Political Science Department, or Nutrition Program, respectively, for final approval.

    • MBA/MPH applicants may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.
    • MPH/MS in Nutrition additional requirements:
    • Physiology (laboratory not required)
    • A nutrition course if the undergraduate degree is not in nutrition/dietetics. Prospective students can take the Survey of Nutrition course offered by the Program as a non-matriculated student or use a previously taken nutrition course with approval of the course syllabus by Program coordinator. Alternatively, prospective students can be admitted to the Program with the condition that they successfully complete the Survey of Nutrition course.  If the student successfully completes the Survey of Nutrition course they can proceed with registration for the subsequent semester.

    For more information about these programs, contact the Assistant Director for Student Affairs at (631) 444-2074

    MD/MPH (Combined) and DDS/MPH (Concurrent) Degree Programs

    The combined MD/MPH and concurrent DDS/MPH are two programs in which Stony Brook University medical and dental students complete their MPH degree during medical or dental school (4 year program – not recommended) or during medical or dental school and an additional year (5 year program - recommended).  All requirements of the MPH and MD or DDS degrees are met.  Up to four medical students and two dental students each year are awarded full MPH tuition scholarships, while enrolled full-time in their MD or DDS programs.  

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants applying for admissing to both the Program in Public Health (PPH) and the School of Medicine (SOM) or School of Dental Medicine (SDM) need the following:

    1. The application process for the PPH is separate from the application to the Stony Brook SOM of SDM. Admission to one program is determined independently from admission to the other; and admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.
    2. To avoid the need to send support documents to both programs, SOM or SDM applicants who also apply to the PPH can request in writing that the SOM or SDM provide to the MPH Admissions Committee a copy of their support documents including MCAT or DAT scores, official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, and letters of recommendation for their application for admission to the PPH.
    3. SOM and SDM applicants who apply to the PPH must provide one additional reference that addresses the applicant’s public health leadership potential.
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communications

    Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communications

    The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communication is offered as collaboration between the Program in Public Health and the School of Journalism.  This 18-credit program is designed for members of the public health workforce, healthcare professionals, master’s and doctoral candidates, and media professionals in journalism, marketing, public relations, and communications.  The certificate prepares students to be effective communicators, bridging the gap between medicine and public health and the world-at-large and providing the skills necessary to communicate health-related issues to the public, directly or through the press.  Graduates will likely find employment in academic settings, research facilities, public health organizations, and healthcare institutions.  Graduates may also serve as health communications experts in media, consulting, and public relations settings.  Working professionals will gain communication skills that help them advance within their respective public health, healthcare, or media professions. 

    Notes for MPH applicants and students also pursuing a certificate program:

    • Students pursuing an Advanced Graduate Certificate concurrently with the MPH at Stony Brook may use approved courses to count towards both the certificate and degree.
    • Students who have earned the Advanced Graduate Certificate prior to matriculation in the MPH will be held to the 12 credit rule outlined in the Non-Matriculated Students section of the Program in Public Health bulletin.

    Students who have completed the MPH prior to acceptance into the Advanced Graduate Certificate will not be able to count MPH credits towards the certificate. In this circumstance, students may take different courses than those counted towards the MPH degree.  

    For more information, visit our website:   http://publichealth.stonybrookmedicine.edu/

  • Advanced Certificate in Health Education and Promotion

    Advanced Certificate in Health Education and Promotion

    The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Education and Promotion is a 25-credit program that will enhance students' knowledge, experiences, and skills in health education and promotion and positively impact their chosen career pathway in public health. It is anticipated that graduates will find or enhance employment in academic settings, research facilities, public health organizations, or health care institutions. In addition, courses in this certificate address the health education competencies that are the basis for the nationally recognized Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Students completing this certificate will obtain some of the credits necessary for eligibility to take the exam.

    Notes for MPH Applicants and Students:

    • Students pursuing an Advanced Graduate Certificate concurrently with the MPH at Stony Brook may use approved courses to count towards both the certificate and degree.
    • Students who have earned the Advanced Graduate Certificate prior to matriculation in the MPH will be held to the 12 credit rule outlined in the Non-Matriculated Students section of the Program in Public Health Bulletin. 

    Students who have completed the MPH prior to acceptance into the Advanced Graduate Certificate will not be able to count MPH credits towards the certificate. In this circumstance, students may take different courses than those counted towards the MPH degree.  

    For more information, visit our website:   http://publichealth.stonybrookmedicine.edu/

     

  • PhD in Population Health and Clinical Outcomes Research

    Phd in population health and clinical outcomes research

    This program is designed to meet the training needs of PhD-prepared scientists in the fields of population health and clinical outcomes research.  The program draws upon the expertise of our faculty to successfully deliver the curriculum, and the resources available at Stony Brook University to implement and sustain the program.

    For all information regarding admissions and curriculum, please see the Graduate Bulletin or visit the program website, https://publichealth.stonybrookmedicine.edu/phcor

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