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Accelerated M.P.H. Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion

The Accelerated M.P.H. in Behavioral Sciences & Health Promotion is offered as a blended program with a combination of on-campus and online classes (residency required).

Program Description:
The accelerated M.P.H. with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences & Health Promotion is offered on-campus and online in a 12-month format over 3 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, and spring).  It is designed to complement the education of physicians and other health-care providers because principles of public health and skills in chronic disease prevention, effective communication and patient management are essential competencies for health care providers working within a changing multi-cultural environment.  In the context of public health and community-based practice, students participating in this program will have an understanding of:

  • Concepts and principles of public health
  • Behavioral and social contributors to health and chronic disease
  • Socio-cultural components affecting community needs
  • Patient-provider communication (including awareness of patient health literacy)
  • Approaches to improvement of medical adherence
  • Barriers to behavior change and techniques to address them

The faculty brings a wealth of experience to the classroom with backgrounds in non-profit, governmental, research and community-based settings.  The small class sizes allow for maximum faculty contact and collaboration with fellow students. Courses that will be available online are taught by many of the same faculty as on campus, with similar academic standards related to curriculum, requirements and rigor.

Program Format:
The schedule is designed to be completed in one year beginning in the summer semester.  The curriculum consists of 15 courses (45 credits) and public health practicum for a total of 46 credits.  Course load is as follows:

  • Summer - 5 courses (15 credits)
  • Fall - 6 courses plus practicum initiation (19 credits)
  • Spring - 4 courses (12 credits)
  • End of Spring - Comprehensive examination

Admissions:
Admission is limited to medical students, physicians, and other health care professionals with advanced or terminal degrees.  Students who are currently enrolled in a medical degree program and wish to take a gap year or who have finished the Medical Degree and wish to complete an M.P.H. prior to residency are eligible to apply. The following must be submitted prior to the application deadline of April 1:

  • Application through http://www.sophas.org
  • A Personal Statement of approximately 250 words, indicating career and professional goals as they relate to the program
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary education completed
  • Two (2) recommendations
  • Resume

Contact the Admissions Office for more information on eligibility requirements at (914) 594-4510 or shsp_admissions@nymc.edu.