Center for Public Health Sciences

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

The 42-credit curriculum offers a strong foundation in public health approaches to examining and addressing contemporary health challenges.  Students take several courses focusing on social and behavioral determinants of health, including global health perspectives.  Research methods training is combined with community-based research practice to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct applied community-engaged health research.

The curriculum includes an innovative service learning approach to the public health practice experience (practicum), involving a partnership between the student, a community organization, and designated faculty and research team members.  Students work on community-generated research projects under the guidance of a community preceptor and a faculty advisor, culminating in a capstone project.  This approach enables students to develop specific competencies while contributing to the community organization's research needs.  A capstone seminar supports students in the process of integrating classroom knowledge and practice-based experience and in developing the professional skills needed to pursue careers in community-based public health research.  Students also develop a reflection portfolio to synthesize and assess their learning experience.

Core Public Health Courses:

 View full list of course descriptions 

Additional Required Courses:


Students in the MPH program will take at least two elective courses, chosen from offerings within the Center for Public Health Sciences, as well as collaborating graduate programs across the University. Electives taken at other schools/programs requires permission of the respective program directors and course instructors. Students should choose their elective courses with guidance from their faculty advisors.  

Approved Elective Courses from Other Yeshiva University Graduate Programs  
Note: all require permission of instructor and MPH program director 

  Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology  

    • PSC 6181 Multicultural Issues & Diversity (3 credits) - Fall 
    • PSA 6289 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits) - Spring 
    • Additional Ferkauf courses available as electives will be listed with course schedules for each semester 

Einstein Clinical Research Training Program  

    • CLR 7010 Introduction to Design and Analysis of Outcome/Comparative Effectiveness Studies (2 credits) (prereq: PUB 7110, working knowledge of STATA, and permission of instructor) – Spring 

 Center for Bioethics - Einstein-Cardozo Master of Bioethics Program 


  • 240 hours of supervised community-based public health research internship

Capstone Experience:

  • Capstone Seminar (PUB 9100 & 9200): 2-semester interactive forum to discuss public health research practice; synthesis of coursework and practicum research; development of capstone projects
  • Capstone Project: Written product based on practicum; with faculty mentor
  • Oral Presentation of capstone project
  • Student Portfolio: Compendium of documents demonstrating accomplishments and self-assessment of educational experience

Degree Requirements

Total of 42 Credits
  • Public health core courses
  • Additional required courses
  • Two elective courses
  • Practicum
  • Capstone Project
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Student Portfolio
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