1. Master of Public Health
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General Public Health Track

The General Public Health track gives students a solid foundation in the five core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and socio-behavioral sciences. Choosing a specialty track is not required, and the General Public Health track is a good choice for students who want to experience an amalgamation of courses across various specialties.

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Students in this specialty track will develop skills and competencies to be successful in public health including:

  • Demonstrating the ability to employ a public health systems approach to assess the health status of populations, to identify determinants of health and illness, and to determine factors influencing the use of health services.
  • Using basic biostatistical concepts and appropriate study design methodologies to address public health research questions and evaluate community-based interventions.
  • Applying descriptive and analytic epidemiology to population-based research, and developing disease control and prevention programs in conjunction with the community.
  • Specifying approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental and occupational hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating public health programs and policies within a socio-ecological framework.
  • Applying principles of cultural competency to health promotion/disease prevention programs, policies, and research, to improve patient and community health, and to reduce health disparities.
  • Supporting, promoting, and developing public health advocacy that informs, educates, and empowers communities about public health issues and effects systemic changes.

In addition to the general Master of Public Health course requirements, students will take both track-specific courses and electives:

  • History of Public Health in America
  • Communitology
  • Social Justice in Public Health and Medicine
  • Current Topics in Public Health
  • LGB/TGD/Q+ Health: Research, Policies, and Best Practices
  • Public Health Lab
  • Health and Human Rights: Human Rights Abuses, Torture, and Its Consequences

Remaining credits are accrued through electives, seminars, and independent study. The track advisor should be consulted early to plan ahead for the completion of the MPH degree requirements. Refer to the General Public Health Checklist for a full list of courses.

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Student Quotes

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Kiran Nagdeo

“The MPH program has opened a lot of doors for me. As a dentist by profession entering the public health field, Icahn Mount Sinai allowed me to meet amazing researchers and professionals that are helping me pave a path in pursuit of my passion for oral health, maternal health, and global health.”

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Kiran Nagdeo

“The MPH program has opened a lot of doors for me. As a dentist by profession entering the public health field, Icahn Mount Sinai allowed me to meet amazing researchers and professionals that are helping me pave a path in pursuit of my passion for oral health, maternal health, and global health.”

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Isha Kohli, MPH, CPH

“My pursuit of an MPH has been a life-changing journey that has enriched my comprehension of global health and inequalities. As an Indian physician, the convergence of public health and medicine seemed like an unattainable aspiration, but my association with the renowned Mount Sinai community has turned my dreams into reality.”

Kiran Nagdeo headshot

Kiran Nagdeo

“The MPH program has opened a lot of doors for me. As a dentist by profession entering the public health field, Icahn Mount Sinai allowed me to meet amazing researchers and professionals that are helping me pave a path in pursuit of my passion for oral health, maternal health, and global health.”

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Isha Kohli, MPH, CPH

“My pursuit of an MPH has been a life-changing journey that has enriched my comprehension of global health and inequalities. As an Indian physician, the convergence of public health and medicine seemed like an unattainable aspiration, but my association with the renowned Mount Sinai community has turned my dreams into reality.”