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SDG Online Master of Public Health

SDG Online

Master of Public Health

An introduction to the SDG Online MPH Program

With Professor Chris Dickey, Director of Global Health and Clinical Associate Professor of Global Public Health

Achieving the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 promises to be a significant challenge for most nations, particularly in what has become a severely resource-constrained global environment. As a consequence, public health professionals who possess deep knowledge and advanced analytic operational skills are likely to be highly valued within their respective health systems.

To help ready students in the public health workforce to meet these critical goals, the College of Global Public Health (GPH) at New York University (NYU) has created an online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree focused on health in the SDGs. The program will develop exceptional analytic and strategic decision-making skills in public health so that its graduates can help governments at all levels achieve health-related SDGs.  
 

The SDG Online Master of Public Health is a unique program that emphasizes a multidisciplinary, systems approach to solving complex challenges in disease control and prevention. Our curriculum includes individual and class projects that lead to innovative, equitable, cost-effective, and attainable solutions to diverse public health challenges.  Delivered entirely in an online format, you will have access to world-class NYU faculty instruction, academic resources, networking, and support as you complete weekly lessons at times most convenient for you.  

Most importantly, the MPH-SDG will help you develop exceptional analytic and strategic decision-making skills in public health -- expertise that is highly valued and needed in the public health workforce.

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Sustainable Development Goals Online MPH, you’ll be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Analyze context specific causal pathways for the global burden of disease, health interventions, and health system platforms, to set and monitor priorities for action
  2. Select relevant data sources to assess the global burden of disease, health interventions, and health system platforms
  3. Select evidence based planning and evaluation methods, and apply these to context specific theories of change for interventions, health systems, or equity in health 
  4. Categorize health related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals according to global burden of disease, disease control priorities and health system platforms
  5. Select and apply, as a member of interdisciplinary (or multisectoral) team, communication strategies to advocate for intervention policies, system strengthening and equitable strategies, or investments
  6. Critically assess the different components of the global health governance infrastructure, and health systems designs in different global contexts
  7. Select and apply methods for analyzing costs, health returns on investment, budget and sustainability as appropriate
     

Core courses (18 credits)

  • GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)
  • GPH-GU 5110 Health Policy and Management (3)
  • GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (3)
  • GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health (3)
  • GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
  • GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

 

Required 0-credit courses:

  • GPH-GU 5171 GH Informatics (0)
  • GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
  • GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
  • GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Concentration courses (15 credits)

Students must take these courses in the following order:

  • GPH- GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
  • GPH- GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investments (3)
  • GPH- GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision Making in Public Health (3)
  • GPH- GU 5410 Results Focused Strengthening Of Health Systems In LMICs (3)
  • GPH- GU 5420 Monitoring And Management Of Public Health Programs For Equity (3)

Electives (9 credits)

Students choose 9 credits of courses from the following list:

  • GPH- GU 5349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
  • GPH- GU 5382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
  • GPH- GU 5325 Behavioral Communications Strategies for Epidemics (3)
  • GPH- GU 5250 Health & Human Rights (3)
  • GPH- GU 5288 Health and Human Rights of Migrants (3)
  • GPH- GU 5120 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)
  • GPH- GU 5218 Assessing Community Health Needs and Resource (3)
  • GPH- GU 5213 Public Health Nutrition (3)
  • GPH- GU 5025 Bioethical Issues in Society (3)

Culminating experience (4 credits)

  • GPH- GU 5360 Internship: Practice and Integrated learning Experiences (4)

Fall 1 - 12 credits

  • GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)

  • GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)

  • GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (3)

  • GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

  • GPH-GU 5171 GH Informatics (0)

  • GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

     

Spring 1- 12 credits

  • GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health (3)

  • GPH- GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs  (3)

  • GPH- GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investments (3)

  • GPH- GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision Making in Public Health (3)

  • GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

  • GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health III (0)


     

Fall 2 - 12 credits

  • GPH-GU 5110 Health Policy and Management (3)

  • GPH- GU 5410 Results Focused Strengthening Of Health Systems In LMICs (3)

  • Elective (3)

  • Elective (3)

     

Spring 2 - 10 credits

  • GPH- GU 5360 Internship: Practice and Integrated learning Experiences (4)

  • GPH- GU 5420 Monitoring And Management Of Public Health Programs For Equity (3)

  • Elective (3)

 

Fall 1 - 6 credits

  • GPH-GU 5190 Essentials of PH Biology (3)

  • GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3)

  • GPH-GU 5171 GH Informatics (0)

  • GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

  • GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health II (0)

Spring 1 - 6 credits

  • GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics in Public Health (3)

  • GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health (3)

  • GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
     

Fall 2 - 6 credits

  • GPH- GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investments (3)

  • GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)

Spring 2 - 6 credits

  • GPH- GU 5361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)

  • GPH- GU 5380 Data-driven Decision Making in Public Health (3)

     

Fall 3 - 6 credits

  • GPH-GU 5110 Health Policy & Management (3)

  • GPH- GU 5410 Results Focused Strengthening Of Health Systems In LMICs (3)

Spring 3 - 6 credits

  • GPH- GU 5420 Monitoring And Management Of Public Health Programs For Equity (3)

  • Elective (3)

     

Fall 4 - 6 credits

  • Elective (3)

  • Elective (3)

 

Spring 4 - 4 credits

  • GPH-GU 5360 Internship: Applied Practice and Integrative Experiences (4)

 

 

    How to Apply

    All applicants must apply using SOPHAS, the centralized application service for public health schools and programs.  For an application to be considered complete, the following application materials must be submitted by the application deadline of August 1st:

    • Completed SOPHAS application (the centralized application service for public health schools and programs). Please see SOPHAS Instructions and FAQs page for further details.
    • Resume or CV
    • Personal statement
    • Official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended.  (A WES credential evaluation is preferred for any degrees completed outside of the United States or Canada; otherwise, official transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address below).
    • Two letters of recommendation; at least one must be from your current employer.
    • 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. Applicants holding or completing only a graduate or professional degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are still required to submit a TOEFL score unless the graduate program was four or more years in duration. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU MPH (8752).


    Applicants not submitting a WES evaluation of their educational credentials directly to SOPHAS should mail official copies of their transcripts to:

    Office of Admissions
    ATTN: SDG MPH
    NYU College of Global Public Health
    726 Broadway, 7th Floor
    New York NY 10003

    Begin your application for the SDG Online MPH

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