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MPH Degree

Program at a Glance

Tuition is at the current SUNY graduate tuition rate for matriculated students.

The Upstate Public Health MPH Degree requires a minimum of 42 credit hours and accommodates both the full and part-time students. Students have the option to complete their degree in as little as 18 months, but students have up to five years to complete the degree.

As an interdisciplinary degree, the MPH offers our students flexibility in regards to their interest and career aspirations. The diversity and complexity of today's public health concerns require professionals to have a broad base of knowledge, skills and experiences. In addition to the foundational and concentration-specific courses, students may choose from a menu of elective courses.

Select an option below for more information on that concentration:

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Data and Analytics

The Data and Analytics concentration equips students to manage public health problems by acquiring skills to reduce disease and disability at the community level. The concentration is appropriate for those who are entering the field, currently employed in public health, allied health or administration fields as well as for clinicians. Students will graduate with an extensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods, and analytical software to support and guide public health programs and healthcare. This program can be completed full or part-time.

Coursework Overview

Foundational Courses (24 Credit Hours)

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Social & Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Foundations
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Program Planning & Evaluation
Concentration Specific Courses (12 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Advanced Biostatistics
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Analytical Software

Applied Practice Experience (3 Credit Hours)

Elective(s) (Minimum of 3 Credit Hours)

Integrative Learning Experience - Comprehensive Exam
In their final semester, students take a comprehensive exam – an integrative learning experience – that incorporates all of the coursework and subject matter they have learned in the program.

Global Health and Translational Science -​ NEW!

The Global Health and Translational Science concentration focuses on understanding and developing solutions to global health problems. The concentration is intended for students and clinicians interested in a career focused on research, global health field work, and clinical product development. Students will graduate with core public health skills and a keen understanding of how interventions are advanced from the laboratory to global communities. Students will work closely with faculty and staff within the Upstate Institute for Global Health and Translational Science who have designed, administered, and evaluated clinical and translational global health solutions. This program can be completed part-time but full-time is preferred.

The Institute of Global Health and Translational Science (IGHTS) has two major international platforms, in Kenya and in Ecuador, supported by Upstate faculty and staff, and has a wealth of experience sending public health and medical students to these sites for research, service, and field practicum experiences. Students will work with IGHTS faculty who have designed, administered, and evaluated clinical and translational global health solutions. Students will appreciate the indicators and drivers of global health problems and better understand the requirements and processes to develop comprehensive (interdisciplinary, intersectoral) solutions to global problems

More information on the Upstate Institute for Global Health and Translational Science and international research sites.

Students accepted in to the Global Health & Translational Science track will complete the full MPH within 15 months, beginning in the Summer semester.

Coursework Overview

Foundational Courses (24 Credit Hours)

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Social & Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Foundations
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Program Planning & Evaluation

Concentration Specific Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Research and Development for Global Health
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Applied Practice Experience Pre-Departure Modules

International Applied Practice Experience (3 Credit Hours)

Elective(s) (Minimum of 6 Credit Hours)

Integrative Learning Experience - Comprehensive Exam

In their final semester, students take a comprehensive exam – an integrative learning experience – that incorporates all of the coursework and subject matter they have learned in the program.

Population Health for Clinicians - MD/MPH only

The Population Health for Clinicians concentration focuses on the impact that public health issues and social determinants have on patient and community health and healthcare. The concentration is intended for learners from clinical backgrounds, such as nursing and medicine. Students will graduate with a broader understanding of public health principles, social determinants and how to apply evidence and public health principles to a clinical setting. Entry into the Population Health for Clinicians concentration typically requires concurrent admission into either Upstate's MD or Public Health Scholars program and is intended as a degree to be awarded alongside Upstate's MD degree, resulting in dual degree conferral (MD/MPH)

Coursework Overview

Foundational Courses (24 Credit Hours)

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Social & Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Foundations
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Program Planning & Evaluation

Concentration Specific Courses (5.5 Credit Hours)

  • Public Health and Biopsychosocial Primary Care
  • Advanced Epidemiology

Medical School Courses for MPH Credit (6.5 Credit Hours)

  • Population Health for Physicians
  • Clinical Bioethics
  • Patients to Populations
  • FRMII

Applied Practice Experience (3 Credit Hours)

Elective(s) (Minimum of 3 Credit Hours)

Integrative Learning Experience - Comprehensive Exam

In their final semester of the MPH study, students take a comprehensive exam – an integrative learning experience – that incorporates all of the coursework and subject matter they have learned in the program.

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