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Frequently Asked Questions




A. As part of the Cross-Continental MPH program, you may choose to concentrate in one of two overall tracks: Global Health or Applied Global Epidemiology. Many of the courses in these two tracks will overlap and everyone will have to take the 6 core MPH courses, but within each track, students will be offered limited opportunities for electives.

A. There are four types of learning experiences offered as part of the Cross-Continental MPH program: 


  • Traditional classroom sessions;

  • Hybrid learning where course content is often learned online prior to course-specific activities;

  • Action-based learning which includes experiencing the course content with professional partners and working on class activities including simulations and program planning in real-time; and

  • Field learning which talks place outside of formal classroom walls and in-field experiences that include learning objectives and reflection.


A. All our classes are designed, approved and taught by NYU-appointed faculty. While some of the faculty reside at the NYU New York campus, and will travel abroad during a particular semester of the program, other faculty live and teach full time at the sites. At orientation, students in the Cross-Continental MPH program will meet faculty from all three sites and will be assigned to faculty mentors.

A. At the CGPH, we believe the integration of research, practice and training is critical to excellence in public health. To that end, this intensive one-year MPH will provide opportunity for students to be involved in research for their culminating experiences, whether it is in the form of a thesis for epidemiology or an evaluation of a global health program, for example.

A. All MPH programs require a practice experience component.  The Cross-Continental is no different. Students will be placed and engaged in 180 hours of field experience with the majority in practice settings during their second term.

A. There is NO requirement of language proficiency for this Cross-Continental sequence of NY/Ghana/Abu Dhabi. 

A. This Cross-Continental MPH will prepare students to enter the public health workforce – specifically the global workforce - and begin a public health career in any number of settings from academia to government or international agencies or public health departments. We have worked diligently with our public health agency partners in developing this skills-based program to complement agency needs. Upon completing the Cross-Continental MPH degree, some students will continue their academic career to obtain a PhD, DrPH or medical degree.

A. The Cross-Continental MPH program is fully accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health.

A. The Cross-Continental MPH provides graduate students with a global immersion into three different global health systems. While the MPH core curriculum is the same as the NYU/NYC- based program, Cross-Continental students will apply those skills in the international settings they are studying in and work with NGOs and other agencies in Ghana and Abu Dhabi.

A. A residence advisor will travel with students throughout the entire year. Additionally, faculty from NYU/NYC will teach at the sites in different ways and for different periods. All students will have access to faculty from three sites during the entire year. NYU has a robust infrastructure of support as part of its global network for academic sites.

A. Textbooks will be provided for pick-up at each academic site. 

A. Yes. In both Ghana and Abu Dhabi NYU has long standing relationships with local organizations and academic institutions, for example: the University of Ghana. Cross-Continental students will have the opportunity to engage with students and faculty at all of these locations. Furthermore, as part of the Cross-Continental MPH, we will be actively be facilitating such interactions through a series of different activities.



Financial Aid

A. The tuition is $34,968 per semester for three semesters. The tuition includes all program-required travel, housing at each location, NYU registration and services fees, and meals in Accra and Abu Dhabi. It also includes international health insurance in Accra and Abu Dhabi.

Once admitted, a non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required in order to secure your place in the program. This deposit is applied toward your tuition and is not an additional fee.

A.  Yes. All program-related travel is included in the cost of tuition. This includes travel from New York City to Accra, Accra to Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi to New York City. Students are responsible for any personal travel which is not part of the academic plan.

Student housing in NYC, Accra and Abu Dhabi is included in the cost of tuition. Students are required to stay in NYU-sponsored housing. There is a two-week University Winter Break at the end of December. If you do not plan to schedule personal travel during this period, we can provide early housing at NYU AD.

Answer: Tuition covers a meal plan while staying in Accra and Abu Dhabi. Students may opt in to an NYU meal plan during the summer in NYC. For more information on meal plan options, visit:

A. A comprehensive financial aid program is available to assist students with meeting the cost of the program. Partial program scholarships will be awarded upon admission to students whose applications demonstrate an excellent academic record and strong leadership potential. Additionally, federal forms of financial aid such as Stafford and/or Graduate Plus loans are available to qualified students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to help them meet the total cost of the degree. For more information on these forms of financial aid, please visit our Financing Your Degree site.

Although international students are eligible for program scholarships on the same basis as domestic students, they should be aware that they are typically not eligible for the same federal loan programs available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International students should carefully consider how they intend to meet the cost of the program before enrolling. For more information on financial aid resources available to international students, please visit our International Student financial aid page.

A. Tuition will be charged and payment due on a per-term basis. Generally, a bill for each term is produced shortly before the beginning of the term, with payment due either shortly before or shortly after the term commences. For example, the initial Summer 2016 bills will be generated on April 12th, and payment due May 12th. For more information, please visit the billing and payment due dates site of the NYU Office of the Bursar.

A. Students in the Cross-Continental program should be aware of the refund policies and schedules maintained by the NYU Office of the Bursar. Dropping classes or withdrawing from the program after a certain date each term will result in the full tuition cost for that term being forfeited with no opportunity for refund. Please visit the website of the Office of the Bursar for more information on refund schedules for each term.



A. Travel for fall semester in Accra, January Term and Spring Semester in Abu Dhabi, as well as the return flight home, will be coordinated through the Program Administrator of Global Coordination at CGPH.


A. No, however, if you intend to travel on your own for non-school related adventures, you would book that yourself. But, you would need to be sure that any individual travel is listed in NYU Traveler.


A. During this program, you will live in comfortable and safe NYU housing.


A. No. Because of ongoing activities associated with this intensive program, we have arranged for all students to be housed together on-site.


A. No. You will be assigned a roommate through NYU’s automated system. If you have a special preference, we will work with you to try to accommodate it.


A. Yes – everyone requires a visa no matter where you are from. NYU’s Office of Global Services will work to assist you, but ultimately, you will be responsible for obtaining your visas.


A. There are immunizations required to take part in the program. Please visit the CDC’s Travel Health website for country-specific immunization information:


Please also note that some immunizations (i.e. Yellow Fever) become challenging to find so if you can get your immunizations before leaving home, that would be ideal. If you do this, be sure to bring documentation from your doctor demonstrating that you did receive the immunizations. If you do not receive your immunizations prior to arriving in New York City, we will arrange for you to receive them at the NYU Health Center.


A. Yes.  You will be enrolled in an international health insurance plan for the semesters you are abroad. For the summer while you are in New York, you will be enrolled in the student health insurance plan.




Student Affairs and Services

A. We have NYU support staff on the ground at all of our sites, trained in cases of emergency. We also have a highly-trained team based in New York that is well versed in emergency situations at our abroad sites. We will take you through a safety training when you arrive in New York so you, and your families, are comfortable with our protocols.


A. You may, when class is not in session. We strongly encourage students to register their travel plans with NYU Traveler and prior to departure, inform your on-site Residence Advisor on the ground.


A. Absolutely. Please note in advance that each site has its own respective rules regarding guests in the dorms. If you have visitors expected, we recommend that they find their own accommodations. NYU Traveler may be able to offer negotiated rates.


A. Rest assured that the university has taken all precautions for student safety, both in New York and at our abroad sites. Please visit NYU’s Public Safety website.


If you have further questions, please contact our Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, Dr. Julie Avina, at


A. Our students’ safety is of primary concern to New York University and is monitored continually. If at any time, we believe one of our sites is unsafe, we respond accordingly. To further that, as you plan your personal travel, please always be mindful of your surroundings and belongings.


A. While each site is designed for a varying number of students, student life remains a vital aspect of each campus. Student services that are available are like those you would find at a traditional American university. You’ll be studying at established NYU sites that are fully supported by the structure of the University. Internet and multi-media access, as well as library availability will be provided.  


A. That depends greatly upon you! While the university will sponsor events we also look to you to initiate fun activities with your cohort. In all of our sites, we are in and of the cities where we reside. We invite you to explore and enjoy your surroundings. Our on-site staff are prepared to recommend restaurant options, day trips community celebrations or weekend excursion options. As part of this program, we will also have a number of planned field trips and cultural-immersion events.


A. We will host an orientation event at each site, but you are also invited to find readings and programming on your own to enhance your understanding of the cultures you will be immersed in.


A. Yes – at each campus. The first orientation will prepare students for their academic experience, as well as life in New York City. The following two have been designed to prepare students for each new site, including the academics, cultural experiences and to aid them in moving about each new city.


A. Through student’s field placement and action-based learning experiences, we will work with you to create a network of professionals who will be a source of professional support to you in identifying job opportunities. CGPH has a robust relationship with the Wasserman Center for Career Development. Our career counselors there will work with you to enhance your job search.


A. When you enter the Cross-Continental MPH program in NYU/NYC, you will meet and attend classes with our two-year, traditional MPH students. You may also encounter students in other intensive, action-based programs throughout the Cross-Continental MPH experience.


A. You will be part of a vibrant, intensive, academic community, moving site-to-site, exploring new educational centers together. You will have access to all our faculty and members of our student body in NYU/NYC, in Ghana and at NYU Abu Dhabi.  


A. There are three designated NYU breaks during the program – two short (Fall/Spring) and one long (2-week/Winter). If you need to plan personal travel, your student affairs team will work closely with you to meet your needs. We are seasoned in working with students who reside all over the world and prepared to support you as you progress through our program.


If you do not plan to schedule personal travel during the Winter Break, we can arrange for you to arrive early to NYU Abu Dhabi.


A. Yes. NYU’s Moses Center will work with you and your faculty to be sure you receive the accommodations you need.


A. The university has long-standing relationships with healthcare providers at all of our sites.


A. Yes, you will. There will be faculty mentors identified for all students at each of the sites. Students will also be traveling with an academic advisor who will provide ongoing guidance throughout the program.


A. Yes. Both NYU and NYUAD have state-of-the-art libraries with services that benefit our global sites. NYU Ghana has a smaller library and all libraries provide online research and librarian support.




Points of Contact for Additional Information


Academics and General Program-Related Inquiries

Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, Associate Dean of Research and Program Development
Email: / Phone: 212-992-8060212-992-8060

Tuition and Financial Aid

Zachary Maggio, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment
Email: / Phone: 212-998-2175212-998-2175

Student Affairs


Dr. Julie Avina, Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs
Email: / Phone: 212- 992-9940212- 992-9940



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