Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health

Deadline: May 1

MPH Program:

Deadline: May 1


How do I apply?

Please refer to the instructions in the How to Apply tab.

How do I get information on the status of my application?

All applications are processed through Upstate's Admissions Office. You may contact Admissions for updates at 315-464-4570. Applicants can also login to check the status of an application.

How many credit hours does the degree require?

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42 credit hours.

How long will it take to complete the MPH degree?

On a full-time basis, the MPH is typically completed in 2 years. Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within 5 years of matriculation.

What undergraduate degrees best prepare for the MPH degree?

Because public health is a broad multi-disciplinary field, applicants to the program come from a diverse range of undergraduate degree programs. Applicable undergraduate degree programs with relevance to public health include (but are not limited to) health education, biological sciences, environmental science, economics, statistics, mathematics, food science and nutrition, international studies, political science, psychology, nursing, social work, anthropology, geography, business and finance, etc.

Are there any pre-requisites required for the MPH degree?

A statistics and biological science course are recommended, but not required.

I took the GRE a long time ago. Do I have to retake this exam?

The program requires an official copy of your GRE score from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS does not keep scores that are 5 years old or older. If it has been over 5 years, you will need to retake the exam.

Under what conditions is a waiver granted for the GRE?

If the applicant has a professional degree or is currently enrolled in that degree program, you may seek to obtain a waiver of the GRE. The details and waiver information can be found on our website under: Admission Requirements.

What is the tuition for the MPH program?

MPH students' tuition charge will be at the prevailing SUNY Tuition & Fee Rates.

Does the Program provide graduate assistantships?

Yes. Three fellowships are awarded each year through the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University. For financial aid information, please visit our Financial Aid Office

I am a PhD, MD, JD, (other) student and wish to pursue the MPH during my studies.
What would this look like?

The CNYMPH website has examples of course of study for the PhD and MD students. We are working on establishing courses of study for other types of students wishing to pursue the MPH degree while earning another degree.

Are there any on-line courses?

Not at this time.

Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student, before formally applying to the Program?

Yes. You may take courses as a non-matriculated student with permission from the instructor. If you plan to eventually apply to the MPH Program, only six (6) credits will be counted towards your degree.

When can students begin the program?

Students will begin the program during the fall semester each year. Medical students will begin the program the summer after their 2nd or 3rd year.

If I am an Upstate Medical University employee do I need to attend MPH orientation?

Yes. All students need to attend the MPH orientation, regardless of whether they are full or part-time or employees.

Since this is a joint program, from which University will my degree be awarded?

The CNYMPH Program is a joint program between Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University, which means as a matriculating student you will be simultaneously enrolled at both Universities and have access to resources at both institutions. The MPH diploma awarded to each student will have the seals of both Universities. However, administrative records (transcripts, academic and financial records, etc) will be housed at Upstate Medical University.

Is the Program accredited?

The program has been approved by the NY State Department of Education and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Can I transfer credits from another graduate program I started elsewhere?

A maximum of 6 (six) credit hours of graduate work can be transferred into the CNYMPH degree program. The six credits must be related to public health and must be approved by the program.

Do I need a laptop?

Yes, a laptop is required for all students in the CNYMPH program. If you receive financial aid and need to purchase a laptop, the laptop expense can be incorporated into your financial aid package. You may contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding this. (P: 315-464-4329)

What kind of job title can I expect after graduating with a degree in public health?

Job titles, position descriptions, and salary ranges of recent public health graduates will vary greatly based on their course of study and interests. Some sample career titles taken from www.publichealthjobs.net External Icon in September 2009 are listed below:

  • Public Health Management Analyst
  • Director of Programs and Services
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Environmental Health Intelligence Analyst
  • Manager, Breastfeeding Initiatives
  • Program Administrator
  • Prevention Specialist, TB Program
  • Public Health Officer (usually at the federal level)

Can I complete the program in one year?

The program is designed to be completed in 2 years. To obtain the MPH degree, a student must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of graduate coursework. We do not recommend students take more than 12 credits a semester because of the rigor of the courses. Completion of the degree is also dependent on the availability and timing of courses and upon the student's ability to complete the curriculum (full-time vs. part-time).