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Thank you for your interest in NYU’s new Cross-Continental MPH program. This unique one-year program allows highly qualified students to embrace the challenge of global public health through study over three terms at three different global sites across the world. Due to the highly specialized nature of the program and the anticipated interest from prospective students, we expect the program to be highly selective and encourage applicants to invest an appropriate amount of time and effort in preparing their applications. As the program is both academically rigorous and globally focused, we seek to enroll applicants with outstanding academic experience who also demonstrate the necessary maturity, judgment and cultural competence to succeed in diverse settings.

All applicants must apply to the program using SOPHAS, the centralized application service for public health schools and programs. Only applications that are complete will be reviewed for admission. For an application to be considered complete, the following application materials must be submitted by the applicable deadline:

  • Completed SOPHAS application.  Please see here for further details on how to apply using SOPHAS.
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement in two parts (see below tab for instructions)
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years.  The GRE must be taken again if your GRE scores are older than 5 years.  When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU GIPH (8752)  
  • Personal interview if invited
  • TOEFL scores from all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for SOPHAS (5688). 

All applicants must submit a personal statement in two parts, each of which must be fully addressed. You may include both statements in a single document, uploaded into the “Personal Statement” section of the SOPHAS application. Make sure to address both parts of the statement below and to appropriately label the sections so the admissions committee can easily identify both statements within the single document.

Personal Statement Part I:

Part I of the personal statement provides insight into your career goals; your interest in public health and the program; and how your education, work experience, and personal attributes have prepared you for admission to the program.  Part I of the statement should address each of the following five questions either in a single narrative or by answering each individually. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers to the following questions, so we invite you to take this opportunity to creatively and honestly communicate your own engagement with public health and interest in graduate study at NYU.

  • Describe any prior and/or current health-related education or experience(s) you have, and how they have prepared you to join the Cross-Continental Master of Public Health program. If you do not have any prior or current health-related experience, please describe how your education and/or experience(s) have prepared you to pursue an education and career in public health.
  • What do you perceive as your major strengths and weaknesses with respect to your current public health-related knowledge and skills, and how do you expect graduate study in the program to affect these attributes?
  • What are your current career goals and how will you use the education and training acquired from the program to address or advance them?
  • What does it mean to you to be a global health or public health professional?
  • What do you view as an important/pressing challenge(s) facing global health or public health at present or in the foreseeable future, and why?

Personal Statement Part II:

Part II of the personal statement allows you to explore the idea of living and working across different cultural contexts. Different cultures each have their own unique norms, values and customs.  Describe or imagination a situation in your own academic and professional career in which you have addressed the challenges of navigating different cultural contexts. What was difficult about this experience and how did you respond? What did you learn from the experience that will help you in future situations where you are immersed in a cultural context that may be foreign to you?

As the Cross-Continental MPH program begins in summer 2016, it follows an admission review process that is earlier than most programs that begin in the fall. December 1 is the final application deadline: applications must be submitted no later than this date in order to be considered for entrance as part of the summer 2017 cohort.

Applicants are notified of their admissions decisions via email sent to the email address entered into the SOPHAS application.The CGPH no longer mails print admission letters except by special request. If admitted, successful applicants will be asked to submit a tuition deposit to secure their place in the program.

  1. Apply early. Submitting your materials early helps ensure timely processing and avoids costly delays. Depending on volume, it can take up to 10 business days for items such as transcripts or money order payments to be marked as received by SOPHAS from the date they are mailed. Remember, once your application is considered COMPLETE, it can take up to FOUR WEEKS for it to be processed and mailed to your programs. Therefore, to ensure your application is mailed on time, ALL MATERIALS should arrive at SOPHAS at least four weeks prior to your earliest deadline. 
  2. Don’t wait to submit your application. Do not wait for your standardized test scores, recommendations or other documents to be received by SOPHAS before submitting your application. Submit your application as soon as you have entered all required information. Documents, recommendations and test scores will be added to your application after they are received. We will be able to access your application as soon as you e-submit it and may wish to begin processing your application right away. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents have been received in the program office by the appropriate deadlines. 
  3. Do not send any copies of application documents, as they will not be accepted as part of your application. SOPHAS will not accept faxes, photocopies, or unofficial documents. SOPHAS cannot accept student copies of transcripts. You should notify your registrar that you need an official copy sent to SOPHAS. A request form can be found in SOPHAS in the Colleges and Universities section. 
  4. After you have submitted your application, remember to use the SOPHAS application system to check the status of your application. Once you submit, you should monitor your status in the “my status” section often to ensure all required documents are received and your application is being processed. SOPHAS will e-mail you if there is an issue with documents or coursework verification but about missing documents. Check your status often until you application is complete. 

Checking your status online is a much quicker way of determining your status than calling or emailing the admissions office. Please note that during certain times of year, due to extremely heavy inquiry volume it may take up to 1-2 weeks for email or phone inquiries to be responded to.

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