Cross-Continental MPH

Cross-Continental Master of Public Health

One Year. Three Continents. Infinite Networking Possibilities.

In today’s globally connected world, it is essential for aspiring public health professionals to understand how health issues transcend borders and affect diverse populations everywhere.

The Cross-Continental Master of Public Health (MPH) is a full-time, one-year program that trains highly motivated students to embrace the challenge of global public health through a practice-based, skills-focused curriculum. It is taught over three terms in three continents at three different NYU global sites. Currently the program rotates through sites in Washington, D.C., Accra, and Abu Dhabi or Florence and includes practice and field placement experience in these unique settings.

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The Cross-Continental MPH really fascinated me since it gives you a global perspective on health, the opportunity to travel, have access to incredible faculty and lets you do all of this in an accelerated one-year program."
- Ipsita Krishnan, Cross-Continental MPH Graduate 2017


The globally immersive Cross-Continental MPH program will lay a solid foundation for any public health professional.

The courses chosen will provide students with an Epidemiological focus but students will also be able to select Global Health electives of their choice.  

The World is Your Campus

The intensive, one-year Cross-Continental MPH certainly puts the “abroad” in study abroad. Over the course of three terms, you’ll put your studies into practice in Washington, D.C., Accra, and Abu Dhabi. You will be exposed to health opportunities and networks in the United Arab Emirates, and in the United States' capital city.  At each of these sites, you will interact with NYU global health faculty, county local and regional health leadership, NGO stakeholders, and professionals from UN agencies including World Food Programme and UNICEF.

Students will complete 180-hours of practicum fieldwork while they are in Accra, Ghana. In the past, students have been placed with organizations such as World Food Programme, Marie Stopes International, WHO, Ghana Health Services, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and UNFPA. 

The Program

In 2018-2019, the Cross-Continental MPH Program will be offered at our NYU DC, NYU Accra and NYU Florence sites. Students will focus on Global Applied Epidemiology using research and qualitative methods to critically analyze the determinants of diseases in LMICs and migrant populations.  

In 2019-2020, after completing most of their core classes in the summer at NYU DC, students will have a choice to study at NYU Buenos Aires in the fall and NYU Madrid in the spring with a focus on Social Environmental Justice.

2018-2019 - Application Open Now!

  Global Applied Epidemiology
Summer NYU Washington, DC
Fall NYU Accra
Spring NYU Florence*

2019-2020 - Applications Open August 2018

Cohort I

  Global Applied Epidemiology
Summer NYU Washington, DC
Fall NYU Accra
Spring NYU Florence

Cohort II

  Social Environmental Justice and Behavioral Sciences
Summer NYU Washington, DC
Fall NYU Buenos Aires
Spring NYU Madrid

(NYU Abu Dhabi will be offered as a site if minimum number of students are enrolled)

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Summer Semester

15 Credits

Fall Semester

14 Credits

January Term

3 Credits

Spring Semester

14 Credits


*NYU Abu Dhabi will be offered as a program site if there are a minimum number of students enrolled in the program.


Professional Development

NYU and GPH are dedicated to the future success of all of our students. Through your field placement with influential international and local organizations and action-based learning experiences, we will work with you to create a network of professionals who will be a source of support to you in identifying job opportunities. Upon graduation, students will benefit from being part of GPH’s growing alumni network around the world.

GPH also has a robust relationship with NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, one of the top career resource centers in the nation, and access to professional associations such as the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), World Stroke and Health Organization, American Heath Association, NCD Alliance, and many more.

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 today!

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