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Department of Public Health

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The NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice created the Department of Public Health to integrate the public health areas of concentration, among them behavioral health sciences, health policy and management, epidemiology, environmental health science, biostatistics, emergency preparedness, global health, health care administration, health education,  and industrial hygiene. The department also has become, for purposes of accreditation, NYMC’s entire public health “program” that currently has full accreditation through 2022. 


Public health focuses on protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, communities and populations. Our department is dedicated to arming students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop, implement and monitor public health initiatives such as immunizations programs, infectious disease monitoring, cancer and asthma prevention, drinking water quality and injury prevention. Our graduates work in the public, non-profit and private sectors and span many disciplines. Their work includes designing educational programs and interventions, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, and regulating health systems.

The Department of Public Health is composed of the following divisions:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior & Community Health
  • Health Policy and Management 

Our full-time faculty are experienced researchers and recognized experts in public health. Their work is supplemented by part-time and adjunct faculty who are themselves senior administrators at hospitals and health care organizations, practicing epidemiologists, industrial hygiene specialists, health educators and advocates. As such, we partner in important ways with the leaders of major industries and organizations with roots in Westchester. We are actively engaged in conducting and publishing applied research in areas such as the burden of injury and illness, community needs assessment, programmatic and economic evaluation of public health interventions, infectious disease and chronic disease epidemiology; maternal and child health; the role of information technology, provisions and policies impacting long-term care, and employee health, safety and wellbeing.

The Department of Public Health offers the M.P.H. and Dr.P.H as well as a variety of certificates. Our M.P.H. and certificate programs are offered both on campus and fully online as distance learning programs.