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 immunization 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 oversees the following programs:
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.
Our M.P.H. Epidemiology is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) designated program which may allow international students on an F-1 visa to remain in the United States or an additional two years after graduation to receive training through work experience. The STEM-designated program will provide international students with professional opportunities to enhance their skills and proficiency in a career in public health.
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.
The APE provides M.P.H. students with a structured public health practice experience whereby they can take a population-based approach to a public health problem and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students demonstrate foundational and concentration-specific competency attainment through the APE. Approval by the student’s academic advisor is required.
The APE can be completed either in one semester or spread out over three semesters but must be completed within one year (three semesters) of registering for the APE. There is no incomplete option. APE guidelines are available in Canvas.
The capstone is a culminating experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills they have acquired through their Master in Public Health (M.P.H.) education. Students work cooperatively in groups on real-time public health issues appropriately applying, theory, methods and tools learned in the M.P.H. program.
Every year during the first full week of April, the Student Healthcare Executives Club (StuHE) and the Department of Public Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) organize the celebration of National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to keeping communities safe and healthy. Public health guest speakers and special events mark the occasion.
Videos of Public Health Capstone presentations, National Public Health Week events, Public Health Seminar Series Presentations and various SHSP events are available on the NYMC SHSP YouTube channel.
Department of Public Health
School of Health Sciences and Practice
New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Kenneth Knapp. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Interim Vice Chair
of the Department of Public Health, SHSP
Director, DrPH program
Director, Center for Long Term Care
SHSP, Room 220
SHSP, Room 213