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All degree students, except those in the Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology programs, must successfully complete several required core public health courses.

Upon graduation, a student with an M.P.H. degree, regardless of program, must satisfy the core competencies also listed below.   

Core course requirements for the M.P.H. degree:

A student who completes master’s degree requirements later than the fourth anniversary of the semester of entry into the School of Health Sciences and Practice may also be required to pass a comprehensive written examination in addition to any culminating experience as part of the requirements for the degree.

Thesis (Catalog Number by Department) 

It is expected that the thesis will include some independent research and integration of skills acquired by the student through coursework. The thesis includes formulation of research questions, methods to carry out the inquiry and presentation of results of the research. Some theses may require approval of the College's Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation of any thesis work. The student should work through the department chair/program advisor to determine if their thesis will require IRB review. The student must maintain regular contact with the Program and Thesis Advisors during the thesis work.

Capstone (Culminating Experience for On-Campus Students – Catalog Number by Department)

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 Masters 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.

CORE 7098 Comprehensive Examination (Distance Education Students Only)
COREHS 7099 Applied Practice Experience 

Core M.P.H. Competencies 

Upon graduation, a student with an M.P.H. degree, regardless of program, should be able to manifest the following core (C) competencies:

Behavioral and Social Sciences (Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion)

  1. BSHC1 -Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  2. BSHC2 -Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect the health of individuals and populations.
  3. BSHC3 -Describe the steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  4. BSHC4 -Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.


  1. BIOST C1 -Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  2. BIOSC2 -Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  3. BIOSC3 -Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions.
  4. BIOSC4 -Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  5. BIOSC5 -Apply common statistical methods for inference.
  6. BIOSC6 -Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question.
  7. BIOSC7 -Apply appropriate computer technology to characterize and analyze public health data.
  8. BIOSC8 -Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.


  1. ENC1 -Describe the direct and indirect human ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  2. ENC2 -Describe federal and state regulatory guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  3. ENC3 -Specify current environmental risk assessment methods.
  4. ENC4 -Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.


  1. EPC1 -Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  2. EPC2 -Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
  3. EPC3 -Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  4. EPC4 -Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  5. EPC5 -Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  6. EPC6 -Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  7. EPC7 -Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  8. EPC8 -Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.


  1. HPC1 -Identify the main components of the development, organization, and financing of healthcare services and public health systems in the United States.
  2. HPC2 -Recognize the legal and ethical bases for public health and healthcare policies and procedures.
  3. HPC3 -Identify planning methods for public health emergencies.
  4. HPC4 -Outline the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  5. HPC-Describe the principles of community-based needs assessment and the development of programs to address those needs.
  6. HPC6 -Outline quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.

General: Computer Proficiency

All students are expected to be proficient in the use of the computer applications of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in the use of the New York Medical College network, and in the use of the Internet on the World Wide Web.

Core Dr.P.H. Competencies

A graduate of a Dr.P.H. degree program is expected to achieve the following doctoral core (DC) competencies:

  1. DC1 -Determine and interpret appropriate analytical tests for both quantitative and qualitative data including written and oral presentations based on these analyses.
  2. DC2 -Integrate environmental health considerations into the practice and analysis of public health issues.
  3. DC3 -Understand and apply the epidemiologic analysis of disease determinants and distributions to the development, implementation and review of public health policy.
  4. DC4 -Demonstrate the ability to integrate ethical, economic and political considerations in developing public health policies to improve the health status of populations.
  5. DC-Understand the importance of behavioral and social factors in the development of public health interventions; the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems; and be able to assess these factors within communities taking into account the local stakeholders and their interests.
  6. DC6 -Develop appropriate research questions and hypotheses, research designs and analytic approaches to conduct applied health services and policy research.