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Public Health


Public Health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities (families, neighborhoods, groups of people) and global population as a whole. Every day, millions of people across the globe suffer from preventable injuries, or acute  and chronic diseases, resulting in impaired quality of life and often, unnecessary death. Public Health professionals help prevent disease, disability, and premature death by confronting global health issues and promoting healthy lifestyles through research, policy, educational programs, development and administration of programs, and improved access to health care.

LIU's Public Health program is the go-to academic source for public health practitioners, managers, and leaders in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. Our graduates work to achieve equitable health systems, infrastructure, environment, and lifestyle changes through health education, advocacy, and communication. Graduates go on to become the pubic health workforce candidates of choice for designing, implementing and evaluating systems, infrastructure, policy, environmental and lifestyle change strategies to improve Brooklyn’s health status and reduce and avoid future health disparities. 

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Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is a professional graduate degree program for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health. This 42-credit program is well embedded in local public health community having strong working relations with community organizations and governmental agencies. The Program is designed to meet a growing demand for skilled general Public Health professionals and leads to diverse and rewarding career opportunities. Candidates interested in enrolling in the program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must fulfill the academic criteria for admission.

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Attend an information session about our Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) program
and our accelerated 3+2, dual-degree B.S. to M.P.H. Program. 

Concentration Areas

Public Health Education is the development and implementation of individual, group, institutional, community and systemic health promotion strategies to improve health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior at the population level.

Public Health Advocacy involves educating policymakers about critical Public Health issues, analyzing the impact of legislative and regulatory actions on Public Health, and defending the interests of communities.

Public Health Communication involves the development of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health at the population level.


What is Public Health?

Public Health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities (families, neighborhoods, groups of people) and global population as a whole. Every day, millions of people suffer from preventable injuries, or acute  and chronic diseases, resulting in impaired quality of life and often, unnecessary death. The goal of Public Health professionals is to help prevent disease, disability, and premature death. Being inter-sectoral in nature the Health Promotion calls for health for all and healthy people in healthy communities. To that end, teams of Public Health professionals with a variety of backgrounds use strategies such as: policy, system & service, as well as built-environment changes; education; communication & promotion of healthy lifestyles; and evidence-based research, to preserve and promote health.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has noted the growing need for competent, professionally prepared Public Health workers. The demand for MPH graduates is growing in all sectors: government, health care, as well as non-profit.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

The 42-credit Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a professional graduate degree program with evening classes. Classes are offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.

The mission of the LIU Brooklyn MPH program is to inspire and prepare competent local and global Public Health workforce, practitioners and leaders to improve the public's health by achieving equitable health system/infrastructure, policy, built-environment, and lifestyle changes through education, advocacy, and communication. The program answers the growing demand for skilled and ready-to-work Public Health professionals locally and globally. It leads to diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

The LIU Brooklyn MPH Program of study includes 5 Public Health core courses (the foundation of Public Health practice), 7 Public Health concentration courses, a Capstone course, and a Practicum (Internship). What makes this program unique is the area of concentration: Health Education, Advocacy and Communication.

  • Public Health Education is the development and implementation of individual, group, institutional, community and systems health promotion strategies to improve health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior at the population level.
  • Public Health Advocacy involves educating policymakers and communities about critical Public Health issues, analyzing the impact of legislative and regulatory actions on Public Health, and defending the interests of communities.
  • Public Health Communication involves the development of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health at the population level.

LIU MPH full-time and part-time faculty are experienced Public Health practitioners and profession leaders with a passion for teaching, and a commitment to supporting and mentoring students, conducting community-based participatory research, and providing meaningful community service. Two main faculty priorities are to (1) prepare students for key Public Health positions; and to (2) foster students' and their own professional development. Faculty have been developing strong professional connections with Public Health practitioners locally and globally, in both the public and private sectors, including local, state, and national government agencies, disease-specific and community-based organizations, health care facilities, other universities, foundations, health-related corporations, and several professional associations.

THE FOUR CORNERSTONES of the Program are:

1. Professionalism - Infuse students with a passion for, and a commitment to the ethical standards of Public Health profession, with an emphasis on health equity promotion, health disparities elimination, and interprofessional education and practice.

2. Instruction - Prepare qualified, competent individuals for careers in public health promotion, based on the competencies delineated by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), and the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

3. Service - Facilitate professional development, service-learning, and civic engagement experiences for students and faculty, locally and globally.

4. Research - Develop student proficiency in community-based participatory research, with an emphasis on translating qualitative and quantitative research methods and findings into improved local and global public health practice.

Is Public Health for You?

Yes...if you feel a “calling” to apply your talents, skills, experience, and knowledge to making the places where people live, work, study, play, and pray healthier.

Yes...if you are a clinician (e.g., medical doctor and doctor of osteopathy; pharmacist; nurse; and physical, respiratory, occupational, and mental health therapist) originally trained to treat individuals after they become sick or injured, who can see the importance of applying you medical and allied health training to prevent disease, disability, and premature death at the community level.

Yes...if you are a college graduate with no training in health (e.g., educator/teacher/trainer, information specialist, computer scientist, mathematician/statistician, engineer, urban planner, policy analyst, historian, lawyer, social worker, journalist, translator/linguist, artist, business/marketing manager). So many college graduates and experienced employees are realizing how exciting and fulfilling it could be to apply their initial training to improving the public's health or to developing a whole new area of expertise!

Next steps

To be accepted into the LIU MPH program, candidates must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must fulfill the academic criteria for admission to the program. Click here to see view full application requirements. 

Admissions Requirements

TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM, YOU MUST:

            Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

            Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 or better

            Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate institutions attended; degrees from institutions earned outside of the United States or Canada must be evaluated by an agency recommended by LIU Brooklyn

            Submit a personal statement following the guidelines provided (personal statement form). The statement has two parts: an autobiography and a descriptive explanation of what public health is and why you wish to pursue an MPH degree in general and at LIU in particular. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than three (3) pages. (1) Tell us a little about yourself: where you are from, what and who has influenced your life, and what is important to you. (2) In your own words, what is public health and in what way is it a unique and essential profession? Why have you chosen to study public health? What event, person, or experience triggered your choice? (3) What makes you believe that you will be an effective public health professional in general and a health promotion specialist in particular? (4) Do you have a specific career goal at this point? If yes, what is it, and if not, what possibilities are you considering? What other careers have you explored or pursued recently or in the past? (5) What personal, work, and academic strengths and experiences do you bring to the program? What characteristics and life experiences increase the likelihood that you will be successful in this program? (link to form)

            Submit at least two (2) current letters of reference (reference forms) on agency/institutional letterhead completed by individuals qualified to comment on (1) your academic background/achievements and potential and (2) your volunteer or paid community or health-related experience (specific format must be followed). Standard, outdated, “to whom it may concern” reference letters are discouraged.

            Submit a current resume. Highlight any health, public health, medical, or community work experience, studies, or training.

            Submit current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores. Test scores more than five years old will NOT be accepted. EXCEPTION: Applicants with official transcripts showing completed graduate degrees are NOT required to submit GRE scores, though they are strongly urged to do so.

            If you are an international applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or if English is not your native language, submit official scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or accepted equivalent tests.

Application Requirements

TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM, YOU MUST:
  1. Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 or better
  3. Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate institutions attended; degrees from institutions earned outside of the United States or Canada must be evaluated by an agency recommended by LIU Brooklyn
  4. Submit a personal statement following the guidelines provided (personal statement form). The statement has two parts: an autobiography and a descriptive explanation of what public health is and why you wish to pursue an MPH degree in general and at LIU in particular. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than three (3) pages. (1) Tell us a little about yourself: where you are from, what and who has influenced your life, and what is important to you. (2) In your own words, what is public health and in what way is it a unique and essential profession? Why have you chosen to study public health? What event, person, or experience triggered your choice? (3) What makes you believe that you will be an effective public health professional in general and a health promotion specialist in particular? (4) Do you have a specific career goal at this point? If yes, what is it, and if not, what possibilities are you considering? What other careers have you explored or pursued recently or in the past? (5) What personal, work, and academic strengths and experiences do you bring to the program? What characteristics and life experiences increase the likelihood that you will be successful in this program?
  5. Submit at least two (2) current letters of reference (reference forms) on agency/institutional letterhead completed by individuals qualified to comment on (1) your academic background/achievements and potential and (2) your volunteer or paid community or health-related experience (specific format must be followed). Standard, outdated, “to whom it may concern” reference letters are discouraged.
  6. Submit a current resume. Highlight any health, public health, medical, or community work experience, studies, or training.
  7. If you are an international applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or if English is not your native language, submit official scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or accepted equivalent tests.
  8. The GRE score is required for all domestic and international applicants.
APPLICATION RECOMMENDATIONS

PUBLIC HEALTH EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: If you have any experience working in an organization that provides health services, particularly disease and disability prevention services, to specific populations (e.g., children, teens, adults, seniors, men, women, pregnant women, or people with any specific disease), please make sure to mention this in your resume, work experience form, and cover letter. This is an important factor to the review committee when considering applicants.

A RECENT STATISTICS COURSE: Applicants are strongly urged to have taken and successfully completed a Statistics for Health Professionals, a basic undergraduate statistics course, OR a statistics continuing education course in the three years before applying to the program. A statistics course is important preparation for the MPH Research, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics courses. Students may choose to enroll in a credit or noncredit statistics course of their choice after they are accepted into the program but should complete this course before registering for the Research, Epidemiology, or Biostatistics courses.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
All applicants must apply for admission to LIU Brooklyn. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

IMPORTANT DATES
While both the University and the MPH Program offer rolling admissions, we urge students interested in the MPH program submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  1. Recommended application date for Spring Admission: November 15
  2. Recommended application date for Summer Admission: March 15
  3. Recommended application date for Fall Admission: June 15

Degree Requirements

MPH PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
CONTINUED ENROLLMENT & GRADUATION IS CONTINGENT UPON:

  1. A cumulative 3.0 GPA maintained throughout the program of study
  2. Completion of 30 credits of required courses
  3. Completion of 6 credits of elective courses        
  4. Completion of 6 credits of Capstone experience (MPH 798 and 799)

PUBLIC HEALTH IN URBAN COMMUNITIES

From smoking, obesity, stress, and environmental factors, to disparities based on ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic class, Brooklyn and NYC present unique public health issues and an increasing demand for professionals who understand the complex needs of an urban population.

FIND OUT

Why Study Public Health?

  • You feel a “calling” to apply your talents, skills, experience, and knowledge to making the places where people live, work, study, play, and pray healthier.
  • You are a clinician (e.g., medical doctor, pharmacist nurse, or physical, respiratory, occupational, or mental health therapist) originally trained to treat individuals after they become sick or injured, who wants to apply your medical experience and training to prevent disease, disability, and premature death at the community level.
  • You are a college graduate with no health training, but want to apply your skills education to a fulfilling and meaningful profession that is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of the community and world.

LOCAL AND GLOBAL IMPACT

In addition to placements at leading local and regional agencies and organizations, MPH students have the opportunity to complete their clinical rotation at elite international partners the European Center for Peace and Development in Belgrade, Serbia and the United Nations University for Peace in San Juan, Costa Rica.

CONTACT

School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean
Ph.D., FASAHP

718-780-6578
Barry.Eckert@liu.edu