Jump to Content or Main Navigation

Scenic images from the field

SUNY - Downstate Medical Center — School of Public Health

Program Type:
Master's International
School of Public Health
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Admissions Deadlines:

February 15th for Summer Semester, April 15th for Fall Semesters

Admissions Cycle:

New Enrollees accepted for Summer and Fall Semesters

Program Start:
For Summer Semester: mid-June, for Fall Semester: first week in September
Program Founded:
May, 2014


Because we are a State University, our tuition is substantially lower than private universities offering the same degree.  The required Field Experience could be done while the student is overseas on their Peace Corps assignment.  Similarly, the Culminating Experience could be based on activities undertaken while overseas in the Peace Corps.

Enrolled students are eligible for financial aid.  This aid may be in the form of:

  • Federal Work Study
  • Loans
  • Institutional Grants
  • General Outside Scholarships

Enrolled students are also eligible for Downstate’s health insurance program.


In order to successfully complete the MPH degree program, the PCMI students must finish 42 credit hours of academic work.  These 42 credit hours consist of the following:

  • fifteen (15) credits of core course requirements, which provide the basic knowledge in major areas of public health
  • twelve (12) credits of concentration core course requirements, specific to each concentration
  • twelve (12) credits of elective courses
  • one  (1) credit field experience
  • two (2) credits of the Culminating Experience

The Culminating Experience integrates theory and practice, requiring a student to demonstrate mastery of the competencies required of an MPH graduate. 


Applicants may apply on-line, on the School of Public Health Website.  Most information can be typed directly into the application.  Additional materials may be uploaded. 

Documentation Requirements:

  1. A Baccalaureate degree from a Council for Higher Education (CHEA) regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Official transcripts from all previous postsecondary CHEA regionally accredited colleges or universities. An undergraduate record with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred.  
  3. Appropriate completion of the MPH Program application, including the personal statement and essay on a selected public health topic.
  4. Two Letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic ability and professional experience or interest as it applies to public health issues.
  5. A graduate entrance examination is required. The graduate entrance examination must have been taken within five (5) years of the application submission date. Graduate entrance examinations that will be accepted are listed on the School of Public Health website. 
  6. Proof of current licensure must be submitted for all licensed health professionals
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international applicants

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Mr. Daniel Ilyayev
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Affairs

School of Public Health
Brooklyn, New York 11203