Cross-Continental MPH

Cross-Continental Master of Public Health
Cross-Continental Master of Public Health

One Year. Three Continents. A Global Experience.

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, accelerated 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 on three continents at three different NYU sites. 

In the academic year 2021-2022, students will begin the program by studying at NYU New York for the summer, spend the fall at NYU Buenos Aires, and finish their coursework with a semester at NYU Madrid. At each site, students interact with stellar faculty, scholars, and leaders in the field.

Please note that the Cross-Continental MPH program is not enrolling new students for summer 2020. The application for entrance in Summer 2021 will open in fall 2020.

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Joel Birkemeier MD, MPH ’18

I chose the C-C MPH because its one-year, fully immersive program offered the tools, skills, and connections I needed for the cardiovascular prevention work I’m doing now. It was a unique experience to live, work, and connect with people in three countries, allowing me to build long-lasting, global relationships. I recommend this program to anyone who wants an adventure while learning, working, and building a global health social network.


The globally immersive Cross-Continental MPH program provides a solid foundation for any public health professional. Building on the core courses of any MPH degree, students will build skills to assess community needs  among diverse population groups in the US and globally; develop, implement and evaluate programs that improve health and reduce inequities; and gain management skills to work in professional environments. In addition, students have the opportunity to study the health systems in the three locations.  Throughout their coursework, students learn how social, cultural, economic, environmental and institutional factors contribute to health among diverse populations.

The World is Your Campus

Students will complete 180-hours of practice fieldwork (internship) during their fall semester. Students have the opportunity to work with some of the following organizations while studying in Buenos Aires: Centro de Vida, Cultura deTrabajo, FIC Argentina, F.A.E.C.O.S, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Zambrano Foundation, and the Ministry of Public Defenders (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires Government).

Students will interact with NYU global health faculty, country local and regional health leadership, NGO stakeholders, and in previous cohorts students have met with professionals from UN agencies including the CDC, World Food Programme and UNICEF.

Over the course of three terms, you’ll put your studies into practice!

Spanish-Speaking Communities

The College of Global Public Health recognizes the growing need and desire of students to work in Spanish-speaking communities. Students enrolling in the Cross Continental program study Spanish alongside their coursework, deepening their ability to communicate with colleagues in Buenos Aires and Madrid. 

GPH encourages students to begin building their language skills but will be given a language assessment upon acceptance into the program. 

The Program


Applications Open Fall 2020

Summer NYU New York
Fall NYU Buenos Aires
Spring NYU Madrid

Is the Cross-Continental MPH Program right for you?

The CCMPH Program is a terminal degree that's ideal for those who are:

  • Planning to attend medical or professional school, and want an intense, one-year experience in global health;
  • Recent college graduates who want to quickly build up public health skill sets;
  • Involved in the Peace Corps and other organizations that demand the skills a global public health degree offers.

This flexible program is right for you if you want to expand your knowledge base, have intense experiences while working closely in a small cohort, and expand your public health network.

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. Students are connected to the Wasserman Center early in the program so they can start preparing their CVs and sharpen their interviewing skills, as well as register for NYU CareerNet.


Graduates from the Cross-Continental program have gone on to work in the public health field with organizations such as the UN Foundation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Save the Children, and Treatment Action Group (TAG). Other alumni have used their MPH degree and experience as a stepping stone for medical school, law school or their PhD.

We encourage students to start thinking about their post-MPH plans as soon as they start the program - the year goes by fast! 

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

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!

One Year. Three Continents. Infinite Networking Possibilities.