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SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Public Health for a Global Community

Pascal James Imperato, MD, MPH&TM, MACP
Dean and Distinguished Service Professor
School of Public Health


I would like to offer you a warm welcome to the School of Public Health at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center.  

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Downstate Medical Center has a rich legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service.  Our School of Public Health, with roots beginning in 2001, now stands at the forefront of public health education for urban and immigrant populations. Our exciting vision is one full of hope, possibility, challenges, and eventually, greater health equity for all.

Our ultimate goal is to promote health and prevent disease in the population as a whole.  Thus, our approach moves past preventive services provided to individual patients in clinical settings (though this approach is extremely important). Our faculty and students adopt a population-based perspective on pressing health issues, through health education campaigns, screening and prevention programs, epidemiologic analysis of health problems, and consideration of implications for health policy.

We are committed to advancing the health of Brooklyn, and to the larger world that contributes to its amazing diversity.  Brooklyn is a borough of immigrants.  We know from careful statistical analysis that many common diseases disproportionately affect the residents of Brooklyn. In response, our academic curriculum places unique emphasis on the health needs of our urban and immigrant populations. Our Center for Global Health was created to enhance local and global partnerships through student field practicums abroad and a new Peace Corps Master’s International Program.

Our programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. We offer Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees in 5 disciplines, as well as Doctor of Public Health degrees in 3 disciplines, for the next generation of public health managers.  Our 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Public Health has served as a springboard to a wider public health education for many.

The School of Public Health is home to faculty who are nationally recognized public health leaders, distinguished in their respective specialties through teaching, research and service.  Faculty and student projects often include collaboration with our College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, School of Graduate Studies, community-based organizations, and the University Hospital of Brooklyn and its affiliated hospitals and institutions. This provides our students with easy access to the rich diversity of faculty expertise found in the only academic medical center in Brooklyn.

Our student body is as diverse as the populations we serve.  We welcome students from a broad range of professional backgrounds. We provide public health training to recent college graduates, nurses, lawyers, administrators, physician assistants, medical students, and physicians. We highly value the unique perspectives all of our students bring to the public health learning experience.

Please contact us to learn more about how you can advance your career through our unique and exciting educational, research and service opportunities.  Join us to take part in our mission of Public Health for a Global Community.  

We look forward to having you join us in this important, satisifying, and exciting endeavor.  Please take some time to explore our website. If you wish to speak with us, please don't hesitate to contact us by telephone or e-mail. We are ready to answer your questions and to help you to develop a meaningful career in public health.

With warm greetings from Downstate and from Brooklyn,

Pascal James Imperato, MD, MPH&TM, MACP