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Masters of Public Health

College of Medicine

We prepare public health professionals who are committed to improving health outcomes from local to global communities, and to addressing inequities in health within these communities

Application Materials Need to Be Submitted By:

May 1, 2024

Masters of Public Health

The Master of Public Health is a professional degree that provides a population-based perspective and is designed to prepare students to investigate and manage public health problems. This program is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).

As an interdisciplinary degree, the MPH offers our students flexibility in regard to their interests 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.

We are a learning community that values:

  • Collaboration
  • Integration of methods, ideas, and disciplines
  • Shared and equitable responsibility for the mission of the department
  • Academic freedom
  • Diversity in academic contributions
  • Making a difference in the communities we serve
  • Financial responsibility
  • Environmental responsibility


To improve the health of the communities we serve by strengthening the public health workforce. We do so by preparing a diverse group of professionals to plan, implement, evaluate and advocate for population-based health practices, policies and programs and to create new knowledge through research.


We prepare public health professionals who are committed to improving health outcomes from local to global communities, and to addressing inequities in health within these communities. 


The department has three main goals to provide public health services through education, research, service and outreach.

  • Education: To educate a diverse group of professionals with the values, knowledge, and technical skills necessary to improve population health.   
  • Research: To advance public health knowledge by developing active programs of population-based health research and program evaluation, embedding the principles of health equity, social determinants of health, and justice to continually inform our efforts.
  • Service & Outreach: To develop active partnerships and collaborative initiatives that contribute to population-based health practices, policies and programs from local to global levels, which increase health equity, address the social determinants of health, and pursue justice.

“Even today, when I talk to her about anything in health care, she always reminds me of those nurses that rescued us. We wouldn’t have survived. She wouldn’t have survived. I wouldn’t have survived. When I would tell her I want to get a job, she would say, ‘this is not what you are meant for. You need to think beyond yourself and our situation.”

Zacharia Mohamed, MPH '23


CEPH-Accredited MPH program in CNY


Students from disadvantaged backgrounds


Average student-to-faculty ratio

Additional Options for Study

MD/MPH Degree

Together with the College of Medicine, the Upstate Public Health Program offers a dual degree program for students interested in pursuing both the MD and MPH degree. The MD/MPH typically takes about five years to earn both degrees.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health (CASPH) is a 5-course (13-15 credit hours) program of study. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters but students have up to five years to complete the requirements for the program.

Why Choose Upstate for Public Health?

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Teaching faculty in the department keep current with advances in the basic tenets of public health and social sciences and incorporate these concepts into the course work fostering students' ability to learn through self-directed, independent study throughout their professional lives. Our research faculty keeps current with advances in their respective fields and incorporates those skills when working with intra and extra-institutional collaborators. 


The Upstate Public Health Program is located within Upstate Medical University’s Norton College of Medicine, the legacy medical school that trained the first woman in the United States to graduate as a physician, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, and the fourth female African American to graduate from medical school, Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser. Upstate Medical University continues to pursue equity and diversity in the health workforce as part of its central vision, and the Upstate Public Health program enthusiastically upholds these values.


The Upstate MPH Program, and the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, provide leadership throughout the region, state, and nation, with faculty holding numerous board positions in organizations like ASPPH and APTR, journal editorships, and service on advisory councils and committees throughout the region.

Still Have Questions?

Not sure which track is right for you? Questions about admissions requirements?


Zoreslava Osiv, MBA
Clinical Instructor,
Program Coordinator, Masters of Public Health

Contact Zora

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