Public Health, Master of Public Health

45 Credits
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Queens Campus

Overview

The Public Health program at St. John’s University - the first of its kind in Queens, NY - was created to address the urgent need and demand for public health professionals and to meet the challenges of public health in regional, national, and global communities.  This program continues the Vincentian tradition at St. John’s to address poverty and social injustice by empowering individuals to work with local and global communities to improve health and protect the public.

Cited as one of the fastest growing professions by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, public health jobs are in greater demand as the global community faces potential pandemics, HIV/AIDS and disasters, while the national community faces staggering rates of non-communicable diseases, increasing health care costs, and health disparities.

Offered through the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the 45-credit program, leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, offers two areas of concentration in either community health or global health, and is built to meet the educational demands of both recent graduates and working professionals. Download program frequently asked questions and program brochure.

Heather Mavronicolas, PhD, MPH
Program Director; Assistant Professor
Master of Public Health Program
Department of Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences
718-990-8483
publichealth@stjohns.edu

Department Contact
Dr. Wenchen Wu, Chair
Department of Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences
St. Albert Hall 163
Tel: 718-990-6640
Fax: 718-990-6316
wuw@stjohns.edu

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-2790
medranor@stjohns.edu

Accreditation

The Master of Public Health Program is approved by the New York State Education Department. The program will also seek accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which is separate from the University’s regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside of schools of public health

If you wish to learn more about CEPH, please contact:
Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5600

202-789-1050 
Website: http://www.ceph.org

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Courses

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Admission

Graduate admission at St. John’s University is competitive and selective. Admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is based on an applicant's academic record, recommendation letters, scores on the graduate record exam (GRE) and other factors that reflect a student's academic potential and motivation for successful graduate study.
 
All applicants must meet current admission criteria, and submit the appropriate documentation, to be considered for the MPH program. 

  • Graduate Admission Application—Submit a completed graduate admission application directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.
  • Bachelor’s Degree—Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts are required from each institution attended.
  • Minimum GPA— Applicants need to have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae—Include a current resume or curriculum vitae with the graduate admission application.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)—Applicants must earn satisfactory GRE General Exam scores and supply official GRE scores directly from ETS to the Office of Graduate Admission.  The School official testing code is 2799.
  • Letters of Recommendation—Include three letters of recommendation from college/university faculty or a previous or current employer. Reference letters should address the qualities that make the applicant a strong candidate for the MPH degree program and additional relevant information. Letters of recommendation are part of the admission process. The Office of Graduate Admission strongly encourages applicants to submit these directly with the Graduate Online Application.
  • Personal Statement—Submit a clear personal statement, not to exceed 1,000 words in length.  This statement should address each of the following topics:
    • Interest in the field of public health;
    • Overview of any relevant public health experience;
    • Career and professional goals;
    • Reasons for pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at St. John’s University; and
    • Other information that may be of special interest and importance to the Graduate Admission Committee

Additional requirements may apply to international students.  International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Prospective international students should visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website for more information, or contact the office directly at: 718-990-6083.

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year; however, it is highly recommended that the application and supporting requirements be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission at least three months prior to the semester in which the student wishes to begin the program. of study.

Non-Matriculating Student Policy
For information regarding the non-matriculating student policy, please contact the Department of Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences at 718-990-6679.

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Career Outcomes

Public health professionals work to improve and protect the health of populations by performing an array of essential public health services, ranging from evaluating population-based health services to developing programs to promote health and prevent disease. 

Public health professionals may work in a variety of private and public settings including local, state or federal health departments, community-based organizations, or in health advocacy, policy or research organizations.  For more information on career opportunities and the impact of public health, visit the What is Public Health? website.

Public health professionals work in a diverse range of career positions.  Positions vary based on the discipline and setting.

Examples of careers in Community Health include:

  • Program planner
  • Outreach specialist
  • Health promotion coordinator
  • Public health advisor
  • Researcher
  • Health educator 

Examples of careers in Global Health include:

  • In-field consultant
  • Researcher
  • Global program manager
  • Administrator
  • Health policy analyst
  • Program assistant
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Global Approach to Education

St. John’s University is one of America’s leading Catholic universities—recognized for superior programs, Vincentian values,  and a commitment to service and leadership in health sciences. A graduate degree from St. John's will help you build your knowledge, advance in your field or embark upon a new career. Students enjoy world-class academics; distinguished professors; high-tech facilities; and a long tradition of excellence and service. Our diverse, scholarly academic community will add vitality to your learning experience.  Convenient evening classes are offered for students who balance the demands of work and family. 

The MPH program at St. John’s provides an education and experience to identify and emphasize disease prevention in metropolitan and underserved communities, as well as, enforce a collective understanding and individual responsibility for health, global health, and health care. Graduate students also benefit from the MPH program’s location in New York City—a hub of diversity, public health organizations, and public health research.  

Program Strengths

The MPH program combines a solid academic foundation in core public health disciplines coupled with a specialization in either community health or global health and real world preparation for today’s most dynamic careers in public health.

Evening Classes. Convenient evening classes are offered for students who balance the demands of work and family.
 
Community health and global health. St. John’s MPH program allows students to focus on either community health or global health.  The community health concentration equips students to address epidemiology, prevention, social and behavioral factors, and to plan, implement, and monitor essential health programs that impact the health of local communities. The global health concentration prepares graduates to design, implement, monitor, and manage global health programs. Regardless of specialization, the MPH program at St. John’s will prepare students to serve as leaders in public health, with the knowledge and experience to generate new ideas through research, to shape health care policy, and to best serve those in need. 
 
Curriculum. The competency-based curriculum places a great deal of emphasis on research and evaluation methods and determinants of health. 
 
Real-world experience. Students complete a supervised fieldwork practice experience (internship) at a public health organization or agency. This experience complements the student’s coursework and provides a hands-on application of public health skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. Each student is supervised by a qualified on-site public health professional (preceptor).

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Additional Information

Students in the Master of Public Health program at St. John's benefit from outstanding academic, technological, and pre-professional resources.

Depending on the course, instruction is at Main Campus, in Queens, or at the Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center, just a few minutes away.

The 40,000-square-foot Bartilucci Center features modern classrooms, laboratories, and computer laboratory,  and is easily accessible via car or public transportation. The Center is also a venue for outstanding symposiums, seminars, and continuing education courses.

Public Health students also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy.  Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.5 million-volume Library, spread across all five campuses.In addition to traditional physical materials, computer terminals located throughout each library provide access to a wide variety of electronic resources. These include the catalogs of the St. John's Libraries; the catalogs of more than two dozen consortium libraries; bibliographic and electronic full-text databases; and much more. These resources are available both on and off campus via the world wide web. In addition, cooperative arrangements with other libraries provide regional, national and international access to materials through Interlibrary Services.

The Health Education Resource Center (HERC) of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of St. John’s University, also located in the lower level of the Library,  provides content-based information resources, research support, and reference services to assist the College’s students, faculty, and alumni. Resources are available in print or electronic format, with a concentrated collection in health sciences, pharmacy and allied health fields. The Resource Center also sponsors educational programs which focus on contemporary healthcare issues led by leaders from the fields of pharmacy and allied health.

Our D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.

St. John’s University students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs have access to a variety of academic support services. Students may seek support during their time of study from Faculty Advisors/Mentors, the University Learning Commons, the Institute for Writing Studies, the Career Center, the Library, and attend various workshops hosted by Student Life.

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Success Story

To earn a master’s degree and embark on a fascinating career in the biotechnology industry, Vidhi Desai ‘09MS took a journey across the world.