Master of Public Health

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our program offers training in public health research and practice within the largest health care system in New York City. 

Our MPH students come from diverse ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds, including:

  • Students just out of undergraduate programs
  • Professionals seeking to enhance their careers
  • Professionals seeking to change careers
  • Professionals from law, medicine, nursing, social work, and business fields
  • Medical students
  • Residents and fellows

“Mount Sinai is known as one of the biggest healthcare networks and having that recognition was something I wanted my name attached to. I had a family friend that did a trial treatment for Hepatitis C and he was cured at Mount Sinai. That legacy was a full circle moment for me.”   - Priscilla Agyeman, Global Health/MPH Student

How to Apply

Applicants to the MPH program must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

To apply to the MPH program, please submit the following:

  • Completed SOPHAS application, including fee
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation (on official letterhead or signed by your recommender)
    • Personal statement (no more than 2 pages single or double spaced) -

      This statement should be a concise, well-written essay about your educational background and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in public health, specifically the area of study you wish to follow. You should give information about:

      - Your background as it pertains to your academic and professional goals.
      - The motivating influences that stimulated interest in your specific discipline.
      - Your future career goals and objectives.
      - Indicate how an advanced degree from our institution will help to achieve your educational and career objectives.

    • Resume or CV
    • Official GRE or MCAT scores (optional)

We review official transcripts for demonstration of satisfactory performance in quantitative and qualitative methods and in social and biological sciences. We select students based on demonstrated past academic achievement, among other qualifications.

The SOPHAS application prompts you to select which specialty track you are interested in pursuing. We use this information only to gauge student interest; it is not final. You can elect to switch tracks or finalize your track once you are admitted to the program. If you are unsure of your specialty track interest, please select “General Public Health.” 

Application Deadlines & Decisions

The admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis and considers students for matriculation for three academic terms: Fall, Spring I, and Spring II. An applicant must submit a completed application by the deadline to be eligible for review. Application deadlines by academic term are:

  • Fall (September start): June 1
  • Spring I (January start): November 1
  • Spring II (April start): February 1

International Students Admissions Process

Admissions requirements for international applicants includes both government and school regulated processes. While the MPH program is offered on a full time and part time basis, international students requiring a F-1 Visa are eligible to apply only to the MPH program and enroll on a full-time basis beginning Fall 2018. Students who are F1 visa-holders in the US are expected to register for a full time course of study of 9 credits per term, until the term they expect to graduate. During this last term, a student may take fewer than 9 credits. F1 visa-holders are expected to meet the 45 credits required for the MPH degree.

SOPHAS requires that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States and Canada be evaluated by World Education Services. Please visit this site for instructions.

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants for whom English is a second language or those who have not received a university degree at an English-speaking institution. Successful applicants typically have TOEFL scores of 100 or above and IELTS band scores of 7.5 or above. Applicants submitting TOEFL scores may send them directly to SOPHAS using code #5688. Applicants submitting IELTS scores must send them directly to our admissions office at the following address:

Graduate Program in Public Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1403
New York, New York 10029

Non-Matriculation Admissions Process

Non-matriculation is an option for students who wish to take individual courses in public health without matriculating toward a degree. To apply, students must submit the following:

Completed Non Matriculate Application

- Create and account by clicking “New Applicant”
- Select the Option Non-Matriculate Application for the term you are interested in
- Please fill out all the information requested on the application page
- When asked “Please indicate in which program/discipline you are interested in registering for courses” select Public Health