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The program has a residency requirement of at least two years and is a 54-credit post-masters program, with credits derived from coursework, internships, and dissertation work. Applicants to the program must have attained a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Health Policy and Management or a comparable degree. An applicant's coursework will be evaluated upon receipt of a completed application to determine whether additional graduate coursework may be required prior to admission to the doctoral program.

The program is structured with three components:

  • Internship - HPMM 9090 and HPM 9091 (6 credits upon completion of year-long internship): Students are provided with opportunities to interact with other public health professionals in a variety of settings and to apply their skills to real-world problems under the guidance of a mentor. These internships will make use of the rich academic and practice environment offered by New York Medical College, its hospital and county health department affiliates, or other health-related organizations.

  • Dissertation Research - HPMM 9095 (9 credits): The dissertation serves as the culmination of the research competency of the doctoral program. The dissertation must address an original research question and the student must interpret and discuss the significance and potential application of the study results within the context of the public health arena.

List of recent Dr. P.H. dissertation research titles: 

  • “Physician Assistants and Patient Centered Medical Home Model of Healthcare Delivery: A Perfect Match?”

  • “Does Disability Status Influence Patient Accessibility/Provider Contact, Patient-Provider Communication, Provider Coordination of Care and Patient Satisfaction?”

  • “Predictors of Outpatient Physical Therapy Utilization and Expenditures for US Adults with Non-Specific Low Back Pain: Analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data”

  • “An Exploratory Study of Workplace Victimization in Nursing”

  • “Examining the Utilization of Emergency Departments for Non-Urgent Visits 2000-2010 and the Affordable Care Act’s Aim to Reduce Them”

  • “Assessment of the Risk Factors for Hospital Onset Clostridium difficile Infection”

  • “Comparing the Effectiveness of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center Tobacco Cessation Program to Primary Care Program”

  • “A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Tobacco Related Interventions among Adult Individuals with Either Mild/ Moderate Intellectual Disabilities or Mental Illness”

  • “Impact of Study Size on Data Quality in Regulated Clinical Research: Analysis of Probabilities of Erroneous Regulatory Decisions in the Presence of Data Errors”

  • “George W. Bush and Planned Parenthood: Determining the Impact of Federal Funding for Family Planning through Planned Parenthood during the George W. Bush Administration on Health Outcomes”

  • “UHC/AACN Nursing Residency Program: Racial Disparities in Retention”

  • Implications of the Utilization of Evidenced-based Integrative Medicine (EBIM) In The Uniformed Services of the United States”