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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2020
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SUNY Downstate School of Public Health Partners With Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College

Agreement Gives Priority Admission Consideration to the MPH Program to Graduates of Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health & Technology and Brooklyn College Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (February 10, 2020) – Graduates of Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health & Technology and the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College will receive priority admission consideration into the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health.

The agreements between SUNY Downstate and these two CUNY colleges were reached late last year, with qualified students eligible to be considered for admission to the Summer 2020 term.

This collaboration follows a similar agreement announced last November with SUNY Old Westbury that gives the same priority admission consideration to students in Old Westbury’s Bachelor of Science program in Health and Society. Two Old Westbury graduates are already enrolled in the SUNY Downstate MPH program for the current term as a result of this agreement.

“We are excited to provide this opportunity for priority consideration for our outstanding graduates,” said Mohsin U Patwary, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology at Medgar Evers College. “This arrangement with SUNY Downstate gives them a boost on the next chapter of their education and the career path they will pursue.”

The mission of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease and disability within communities, but especially underserved urban and immigrant populations.

“This new collaboration between the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences (HNSC) at Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate School of Public Health provides our students with an excellent pathway to pursue their Master of Public Health degree so they can become change agents in their communities,” said Michele G. Greene, DrPH, and Brooklyn College Professor/Deputy Chair for Undergraduate Health. “A number of our former students are already enrolled in the program, and they find that their undergraduate preparation from HNSC aligns well with the new knowledge they are acquiring at the graduate level.”

“These agreements allow us to attract the best and brightest students to our MPH program who are passionate about improving the health of underserved communities,” said Kitaw Demissie, M.D., M.P.H, Dean of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate. “We are pleased and privileged to provide a pathway for the students at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn College to pursue their life’s passion.”

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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit www.downstate.edu or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.