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Public Health, Master of Public Health

Pharmacy Administration and Public Health


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.  Offered on campus and online, 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.

Upcoming Event

“COVID-19 and the Public Health Response”

Date: November 10
Time: 2:30–4 p.m.
Webex presentation
Registration is required.
Registration password: MPH2020

Public Health Faculty Speakers

Afolarin Joshua Aiyedun, Ed.D., Assistant Professor  
“Self-Efficacy for Chronic Disease Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Preety Gadhoke, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor
“Revealing New York City’s Racial Disparities during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Yolene Gouse, Dr.PH., Assistant Professor
“Implementation of a COVID-19 Pandemic Needs Assessment in Haiti”

CDR (Ret.) Harlem Gunness, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor
“Comparative Health Assessment of Two Communities Severely Affected by COVID-19: Corona and Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City”

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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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  (PDF) and program brochure (PDF).


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 are to supply official GRE scores directly from ETS to the Office of Graduate Admission. There are no minimum GRE requirements and the GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years. The school official testing code is 2799. Official GRE scores may be waived for applicants who have a GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and successfully passed college level math/statistics or have professional work experience of 5 years or more. MCAT, LSAT, GMAT or DAT will be accepted in lieu of the GRE. Those students who already hold a graduate degree will be evaluated on an individual basis. International students please refer to the international students section below.
  • 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
  • International Students – GRE is required. 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.

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 Public Health at 718-990-6679.


Through a dynamic curriculum, an applied fieldwork practice experience and a culminating experience, students will have various opportunities to develop core public health competencies and specialize in either community health or global health.

All students must complete a total of 45 credits to satisfy the degree requirements. All students complete 18-credit hours that cover the core discipline areas of public health (biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences), 12-credit hours of concentration courses, 9-credit hours of methods and evaluation electives, a 3-credit hour fieldwork practice experience, and a 3-credit hour culminating experience.

The MPH degree can be completed on a full-time basis in two years (including summer matriculation) or on a part-time basis in up to five years.
View Course Descriptions (PDF).

Fieldwork Practice Experience
The fieldwork practice experience is meant to provide a practical application of knowledge and skills acquired through the MPH coursework in a real-world setting.  All students complete a 3-credit public health practice course that pairs didactic learning with an applied fieldwork practice internship. Each student is supervised and mentored by a qualified on-site public health professional (preceptor).  In addition to the applied fieldwork practice, students attend seminars, complete readings and assignments and reflect on their practice experience through journal entries. This course serves as a prerequisite to the Culminating Experience course.

Culminating Experience
The culminating experience marks the final degree requirement in which students showcase their mastery of public health knowledge and skills gained through the coursework and fieldwork practice experience.  The experience requires students to solidify, synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in the classroom and real-world public health practice experience. In this 3-credit course, students attend regular seminars, plan, analyze, summarize and present their field practicum experience in a major written paper and also make a capstone presentation. Students also complete a portfolio showcasing their mastery of required competencies.


Community Health
Community health addresses the wide range of health challenges in everyday communities. This concentration will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify major behavioral, social and cultural factors that impact the health of populations, as well as the ways in which these factors influence the development and organization of public health programs and service delivery to these communities. Through coursework and fieldwork practice experience, students will target theory and methods for designing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at reducing the burden of major health problems. By utilizing appropriate principals and methods, from both social and behavioral sciences to address behaviors of individuals, groups and the communities, students will be well on their way to developing a strategy for improving a community’s health.

Graduates will be prepared for rewarding careers working in private and public sectors in diverse roles such as program planners, community health educators, outreach specialists, health promotion coordinators, or public health advisors. For more information on prospective careers following graduation, visit the What is Public Health? website.

Global Health (concentration is currently unavailable)
Global health explores how globalization affects health determinants, the health status of a population and the capacity of nation states to deal with the determinants of health and disease. This concentration explores how developing countries address public health issues within their own territories. The coursework also introduces practical solutions to health problems of underserved and neglected populations lacking adequate access to care. Students graduating in this area of concentration will be prepared to work in agencies and organizations in both the private and public sectors, which focus on global health issues and solutions. Diverse career settings may include disaster relief organizations, immigrant/refugee health organizations, research or academic institutions, and international or governmental agencies.

Graduates will be prepared to work as in-field consultants, researchers, program managers, program assistants, or administrators. For more information on prospective careers following graduation, visit the What is Public Health? website.

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

Workforce Projections 

According to the 2019 Health Resources and Services Administration’s Allied Health Workforce Projections (PDF),  the Community Health workforce is expected to increase between 6 and 18 percent, by 2030.  
Full Report (PDF)
The data supports the Bureau of Labor and Statics findings that employment is expected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job Outlook

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 guided hands on experience allowing students to identify and emphasize health promotion and disease prevention in metropolitan and underserved communities.  The St. John's MPH program offers students a collective understanding and individual responsibility for health, global health, and health care.  Our 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.

Tracks in the St. John’s MPH program allow students to focus on either community health or global health.  Both concentrations equip students to address epidemiology, prevention, social and behavioral factors, and to plan, implement, and monitor essential health programs. The community health concentration allows students to focus on the strategies, implementation and management of programs that impact the health of local U.S. 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.

Dynamic curriculum places a great deal of emphasis on research and evaluation methods, determinants of health, and the competencies of graduate-level public 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 guided by a qualified on-site public health professional (preceptor) and advised by a faculty member.

Additional Information

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

Queens 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.

Depending on the course, instruction is on Main Campus 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.

Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s MPH degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.

Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.

A Fully Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.

Please note that California residents in online programs at out of state nonprofit institutions, like St. John’s University are ineligible for all forms of federal aid, including federal student loans based on current federal state authorization rules.



Wenchen Wu, R.Ph., MBA, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
St. Albert Hall, Room 167
T 718-990-6640
F 718-990-6316
[email protected]

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