UPDATE: Please note that the Cross-Continental MPH program will not be enrolling new students for Summer 2020. 

As part of the School of Global Public Health’s one-year, globally immersive Cross-Continental Master of Public Health (MPH) program, you’ll study and create innovative public health solutions over three terms at three different global sites across the world.

The Cross-Continental MPH is highly specialized and sought-after, and the pool of potential students consists of some of the public health field’s brightest and most promising minds. Learn more about what we look for, when to apply, and what is required below.

Who Should Apply?

The Cross-Continental MPH is targeted towards recent college graduates with a focus on building and enhancing public health knowledge and skills in preparation for successful careers in public health.

The program is both academically rigorous and globally focused, and we seek to enroll applicants with outstanding academic experience who also demonstrate the necessary maturity, judgment and cultural competence to succeed in diverse settings. We encourage applicants to invest an appropriate amount of time and effort in preparing their applications.

Application Tips

Apply early. ALL MATERIALS should arrive at SOPHAS at least four weeks prior to your earliest deadline. 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, and it can take up to FOUR WEEKS for your completed application to be processed and mailed to GPH. Submitting your materials early helps ensure timely processing and avoids costly delays.

Don’t wait for supplemental materials 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; we may wish to begin processing your application right away and will add documents, recommendations and test scores as they are received.

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. Notify your registrar that you need an official copy sent to SOPHAS; a request form can be found in the application’s Colleges and Universities section.

After you have submitted your application, use the SOPHAS application system to check the status of your application instead of calling or emailing the admissions office. You can ensure all required documents are received and your application is being processed in the “My Status” section of SOPHAS. Check your status often until you application is complete.

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 GPH’s admissions office to be responded to.


Applications for summer enrollment in the Cross-Continental MPH program are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in the fall. We are not currently accepting any applications for Summer 2020 admission. The next entrance term for this program will be Summer 2021.

Application Requirements

For an application to be considered complete, the following application materials must be submitted by the applicable deadline:

  • Completed SOPHAS application (the centralized application service for public health schools and programs). 

  • Resume or CV

  • Personal statement in two parts

  • 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). 

You will be notified of your admissions decisions via email sent to the email address entered into the SOPHAS application.

Personal Statement Instructions

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 your 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 imagine 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?

Are you ready to embrace the challenge of global public health and put your trailblazing solutions to work around the world? Apply to the Cross-Continental MPH through SOPHAS now!