Department of Health Sciences

MPH Program in Public Health

The Lehman College Master of Public Health (MPH) Program prepares students for professional careers in the health field as practitioners and researchers. Students will also be prepared to continue in graduate studies to pursue doctoral degrees. The MPH Program has been designed to meet the standards for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In addition to the competencies required in an MPH Program, the Lehman College MPH Program offers a specialization in community-based public health with a focus on health equity.

On June 28, 2010, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the governance plan for the CUNY School of Public Health. Beginning in 2010, all public health degree programs at CUNY are now part of the School of Public Health. The CUNY School of Public Health is a collaborative school that includes existing public health degree programs at Brooklyn, Lehman and Hunter Colleges and the Graduate Center as well as faculty members from these and other CUNY units. Learn more about the School of Public Health at If you have questions about the School of Public Health's offering, contact the Program Director:


The mission of the Lehman College Master of Public Health Program is to address the critical need for public health services in the Bronx and surrounding communities where poor socioeconomic conditions exacerbate inequalities in health status and healthcare. The program is dedicated to promoting values that foster a commitment to addressing the needs of a diverse population, particularly the underserved. The educational, research, and service goals of the program reflect a commitment to community engagement in the development of public health programs and policies. The Lehman College MPH Program Advisory Board serves to promote community participation and leadership in the public health academic program and fulfillment of its mission.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university, or a bachelor's degree with successful completion of relevant prerequisite coursework.
  • At least one year of work experience in public health or related work in the health field. Volunteer experience may be considered in certain circumstances.
  • Ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having attained a minimum grade average of B in the undergraduate record as a whole.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a Personal Essay.
  • Scores from the Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination or proof of an earned master's degree from an accredited U.S. university.
  • If submitting documents from institutions whose language of instruction is not English, an official translation and evaluation of the transcript and competency in English as demonstrated through TOEFL scores of at least 550.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of 46 graduate credits and includes core courses, an area of specialization, elective graduate courses, a supervised internship, a capstone seminar and a capstone project. Course and credit requirements are as follows:

Core Courses (19 credits): All students are required to take the following courses and credits:

PHE 600 Biostatistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
PHE 606 Public Health Epidemiology (3 cr.)
PHE 700 History and Philosophy of Public Health (3 cr.)
PHE 701 Public Health Policy and Management (3 cr.)
PHE 702 Environmental Health (4 cr.)
PHE 703 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 cr.)

Specialization (9 credits): All students are required to take the following courses and credits:

PHE 709 Health Equity and Social Justice (3 cr.)
PHE 710 Public Health Research Methods (3 cr.)
PHE 715 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 cr.)

Electives (9 credits) Graduate-level courses* selected with the approval of the graduate adviser.

Internship (3 credits)

PHE 770 Public Health Internship (180 hours)

Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

PHE 790 Public Health Capstone Seminar

Capstone Project (3 credits)

PHE 792 Public Health Capstone Project

Full-time MPH faculty:

  • Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, MS., EdD.
  • Luisa Borrell, DDS, Ph.D.
  • Jane Levitt, MPA, Ph.D., Director
  • Juliana Maantay, MUP, Ph.D.
  • Barbara Menendez, MPH, Ph.D.
  • Cheryl Merzel, MPH, DrPH.

*Other graduate programs in the Department of Health Sciences include M.S.Ed. Program, Health N-12 Teacher, M.A. in Health Education and Promotion, M.S. in Nutrition and M.S.Ed. in Recreation Education

The Lehman College MPH is designed as a part-time program. Students can take courses in the fall, spring, summer and winter semesters. All classes are in the evenings and weekends.

For information, contact:

Deborah Rubin, Admissions Coordinator
(718) 960-8856
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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