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MPH Program Admissions

The Upstate Master of Public Health degree requires a minimum of 42 credit hours and accommodates both full and part-time students. Most full-time students finish the program in 24 months, but students have up to five years to complete the degree.

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

Who Should Apply?

  • Bachelor's degree holders who aspire to one of the many fields for which an MPH is useful or essential.
  • Current health professionals who want a broader base of knowledge of public health.
  • Health care providers who wish to gain a broader perspective of health and healthcare.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPAs preferred at or above a 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Successful completion of both the SOPHAS application and the SUNY Upstate Supplemental Application
  • Within the SOPHAS Application, two essays are required:
    • A personal statement of career goals and any experience as it applies to public health
    • One public health essay; described in the application
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in an academic or professional capacity (This does not include personal friends and family)
  • Official transcripts from all previous postsecondary courses

International students:

  • Applicants who have completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an approved agency accredited by the World Education Services (www.wes.org.)
    • Applicants with TOEFL scores between 580/237/92-93 and 600/250/100 may be considered for admission, but they will be required to complete an English Language Assessment Exam upon matriculation and may be recommended into English Language courses to be taken concurrently with their studies. If English is your second language, a minimum TOEFL of 600 written exam/250 CBT/100 IBT (revised 1/07) are preferred.

Highly Recommended:

  • College level biology course
  • College level statistics course

How to Apply

Regular MPH Applicant

Upstate Public Health Master of Public Health applicants must submit both the Central Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) application and an Upstate application:

1.  Central Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) application - www.sophas.org

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Required:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Public Health Essay

2.   Upstate Supplemental Application

Once your application is received from the Central Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS), we will email you a Login ID and PIN that will allow you to access our Secondary Application.  Please do not create an account on your own from our Admissions Login page, as that will not allow you to access the Secondary Application.  The Secondary Application must be submitted to Upstate Medical University no later than July 1st. This application is free to complete!  

  • The program reserves the right to request interviews.
  • Additional information may be requested based on individual situations.
  • It is the responsibility of each student to confirm that a completed application is on file in the office of Student Admissions.

Current Upstate MD students applying to the MD/MPH Program

Students who wish to pursue the MD/MPH joint degree program take a leave of absence from the MD program to pursue their MPH studies for a year. This typically occurs between the second and third years of medical school.

Students applying MUST obtain a letter of good standing from the Dean of the College of Medicine. This process should be initiated via email with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. The request should be made by January of the academic year prior to beginning MPH study. Once the request is made, the letter of good standing will be submitted to the Admissions Office by the Curriculum Office. Under no circumstances will a MD student be permitted to enroll in MPH course work without the letter of good standing.

  • Complete the SUNY Upstate Internal Application 
  • Once logged in, click on NEW Under "For Current Upstate Students Only:" you will find "MD/MPH Internal"
  • Will need a screen shot of your current Upstate transcript/grades from MyUpstate sent to admiss@upstate.edu
  • Two Letters of Recommendation sent directly to admiss@upstate.edu or mailed to the admissions office at: SUNY Upstate, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210, Attn: Student Admissions
  • Letter of Good Standing 
  • Public Health Essay: Choose and describe a public health issue/problem in which you have an interest and present at least one possible approach to addressing that issue/problem. The essay should be no more than 750 words.
  • Statement of Intent: Your Personal statement provides us with a more complete picture of each applicant. The statement provides an opportunity for you to present yourself as an individual with unique strengths and skills. We will be looking at your problem-solving and writing skills as well as your interest in Public Health. You should address your career goals and any health-related experience as it applies to public health you may have had (note: you do not have to have public health experience to be considered for this program.)
  • These essays can be sent via email to admiss@upstate.edu

Current Public Health Certificate students applying to the MPH Program

  • Go to My Upstate
  • Once logged in, click on Under "For Current Upstate Students Only:" you will find "Master of Public Health Internal"
  • Will need a screen shot of your current Upstate transcript/grades from MyUpstate sent to admiss@upstate.edu
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from current Public Health and Preventative Medicine Faculty members sent directly to admiss@upstate.edu or mailed to the admissions office at: SUNY Upstate, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210, Attn: Student Admissions
  • Essay: In roughly 300 words, explain why you want to move on from the certificate program to the MPH.
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