2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Masters of Public Health, MPH

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Brooks B. Gump, Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health
344H White Hall

Core Faculty

Dessa Bergen-Cico, Brooks B. Gump, Bryce Hruska, Ignatius Ijere, Brittany Kmush, Sandra D. Lane, David Larsen, Katherine McDonald, Lutchmie Narine, Bhavneet Walia

Affiliated Faculty

Indu Gupta, Commissioner of Health, Onondaga County Health Department


Laura Sauta, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Megan Snow, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Administrative Assistant


The Masters of Public Health (MPH) is a 42 credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge and skills necessary for the development, implementation, and advancement of evidence-based public health initiatives. The MPH includes a single concentration in “Global Health”.  


The admissions requirements for this program include: undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA, TOEFL scores (for international applications), undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a resume and personal statement.
Incoming students must demonstrate public health foundational knowledge by either (a) earning an UG BSPH from a CEPH accredited program or (b) demonstration of Public Health “Foundational Knowledge” as outlined in CEPH accreditation documents.

Part-Time Study

Part-time study is acceptable; however, time to degree completion depends on available course offerings and number of courses enrolled. Time limit to degree completion is 7 years.

Financial Support

Limited department financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarship credits for students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs. Financial aid is determined based on merit.

Additional information regarding graduate financial aid can be found at Graduate Student Aid

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 9 credits. Substituted/transferred course work should cover material equivalent to that which is covered in the relevant required course. Substitution/transfer requests will need to be approved by the graduate committee for public health programs. All students are expected to file a tentative program of study in their second semester. Students transferring courses from another institution must file a program of study prior to completing 12 credits at Syracuse University.

Satisfactory Progress

Certification for an advanced degree at Syracuse University requires a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree and a 2.8 average for all credits earned.


Courses are taught in classrooms across Syracuse University. In addition, research laboratories currently housed in White Hall will provide students opportunities to engage in scholarship with faculty mentors.


MPH, 42 credits

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for MPH Core:

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  4. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Additional Learning Outcomes for Global Health Concentration:

1. Analyze the roles, relationships, and resources of the entities influencing global health.

2. Strategize methods for diverse local and global sociocultural and political landscapes.

3.Use methods that inform our understanding of sustainable development and local accountability.

4.Develop strategies to address health equity and social justice challenges in local and global health settings.

5. Evaluate global prevention and control strategies for infectious disease. 

Required Courses

The 42-credit MPH program includes MPH core courses and Global Health concentration courses.   The credit distribution and requirements are outlined below:

Capstone (2 credits)

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