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SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Public Health for a Global Community

Degree Programs

The MASTER of PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Students are required to take five core courses, as well as satisfy departmental matriculation requirements. In order to successfully complete the program, students must have finished 42 credit hours of course work (comprised of core courses, departmental core courses, and electives), including a one-semester field experience, as well as a culminating experience. Students may complete the program within as few as one, or as many as six years, with courses generally offered weekday evenings to accommodate those engaged in full-time employment.



The MD-MPH degree program gives medical students at SUNY Downstate the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health degree at the same time they earn their MD degree. Coursework can be completed over three summers starting the summer before the 1st year of medical school or in a 12-month period between the 3rd and 4th year of medical school starting in either the summer or fall semester. Either way, the MPH gives a physician the power to do more. Obtaining an MPH degree gives physicians a broader understanding of dealing with health and health-care across a diverse population.


Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) Program is a partnership between the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health and the United States Peace Corps, in which individuals accepted into the Peace Corps as volunteers apply to our Master of Public Health Program.  Through a combination of course work at the School of Public Health and Peace Corps service, students receive their Master of Public Health degree in one of the following three concentration areas:



Students would complete the majority of their coursework during their first year at the School of Public Health, prior to embarking on their Peace Corps service oversees. While abroad students may, under the preceptorship of the school's faculty complete their required practical field experience. Students who have not completed all academic requirements prior to going oversees would return to the school in order to do so. This would include the Culminating Experience.


The DOCTOR of PUBLIC HEALTH (DrPH) is the terminal degree in public health and is taken on a part-time basis. Typically, students take 2 classes per semester. It is geared to those seeking positions of leadership in those areas of government, health care, or private industry concerned with public health. Students must complete the 45 credits required for the DrPH degree, including a 12-credit dissertation applying skills obtained in the classroom.



The ADVANCED CERTIFICATE in PUBLIC HEALTH program allows persons with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline to take the same 5 program core courses as our MPH students. It is geared to those looking to gain a basic foundation in public health, to expand their skill set, and update their resumes.