Doctor of Public Health (DPH)
The Graduate Center, founded in 1961, awards most of CUNY’s doctoral degrees. Its core faculty of 130 is supplemented by more than 1,600 faculty members from CUNY’s 11 senior colleges and New York City’s leading cultural and scientific institutions. Its public health doctoral programs, which prepare future health-care leaders, teachers and researchers, are: Community, Society and Health; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; and Health Policy and Management.
This program prepares students to be researchers, teachers, and managers who can meet the public health needs of urban populations. It educates future faculty members for the growing number of training programs in public and community health and leaders for the public health workforce. Students apply after they have earned a Masters in Public Health or equivalent graduate degree. The curriculum integrates health, natural and social sciences as applied to public health. All students complete several core courses, a leadership development project, dissertation research and required courses in one of the specializations listed below. Students will be prepared to become interdisciplinary health researchers and practitioners, capable of working across levels, disciplines and sectors to address complex public health problems with a focus on urban populations. Graduates will develop the skills and knowledge to help eliminate urban health disparities, a major goal of the nation's health blueprint, Healthy People 2020.
Description: This specialization prepares researchers and public health practitioners to advance scientific understanding of the social determinants of health, health behavior, and the delivery of health services and health policy; lead, plan, manage, and evaluate community health interventions in urban settings; draw on the methods and theories from multiple disciplines to design and implement research studies on health and urban populations and formulate, analyze and advocate for policies that promote health and prevent disease.
Description: This specialization prepares graduates to advance the scientific understanding of the impact of environmental and occupational conditions on health and disease; plan, lead and manage studies to monitor and evaluate the effect of environmental and occupational health hazards in the urban environment; plan, direct, manage and evaluate environmental and occupational health programs; and teach students and professionals about the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on the health of urban populations and about strategies for controlling such exposures. Graduates work in universities and other research institutions, public health and environmental agencies and for consulting firms and businesses.
Description: This specialization prepares students to advance the scientific understanding of the social, behavioral and biomedical determinants of health and disease with a focus on the health of urban populations; design, implement, and analyze research aimed at understanding the determinants of health of urban populations; apply, adapt and develop epidemiologic perspectives to the interpretation of ongoing research; teach students and other public health professionals about epidemiologic field and analytic methods and their practical application to the investigation and control of health conditions among urban populations and interact with other urban health related disciplines and organizations such as engineers, environmentalists, trade unions and community organizations, public health experts, and lawyers.
Description: This specialization prepares students to contribute to new knowledge about the mechanisms that influence the delivery of health services and public health programs and the development of health policy in urban settings; develop and manage initiatives to strengthen the functioning of health systems, health care organizations and public health agencies and programs; develop, advocate for and implement health care and public health policies and intersectoral policies that promote health; analyze the impact of health and non-health policies on population health; and teach students and professionals about the social determinants of health, health interventions, health policy, health management and health disparities in urban settings.