Master of Public Health (MPH)

STEM Designated MPH Program

Is Public Health STEM?

Core Master of Public Health STEM courses taught at the Roosevelt School at LIU Brooklyn include biostatistics, epidemiology, infectious disease, and environmental health.

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of populations, communities and the environment. Every day, millions of people across the globe suffer from preventable diseases, or injuries resulting in lower quality of life and often, unnecessary death.

Public Health professionals help prevent pandemics, epidemics, disease, disability, and premature death by confronting global health issues, responding to disease outbreaks, tracking the spread of disease, regulating life during a pandemic, and promoting healthy lifestyles through research, policy, education, and improved access to health care.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional graduate degree program for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health. This 42-credit program is directly connected to local public health community, having strong working relations with community organizations and governmental agencies. The MPH 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.

LIU's Master of Public Health program trains public health leaders, researchers, practitioners, and managers in New York City. Because of our location and our health-science campus, our resources are unparalleled. Our faculty members are world leaders in research, in environmental health, reproductive and maternal health, climate and health, and several other fields. Our practitioners are also deeply connected to communities in the greater New York City area. Our graduates are hired by leading public health agencies (e.g. NY Board of Public Health, CDC), Fortune 500 companies and all work to improve public health through infrastructure, environment, and lifestyle changes, using health education, advocacy, and communications. Graduates go on to become leaders in public health, designing, implementing and evaluating systems, infrastructure, policy, environmental and lifestyle change strategies to improve populations' health, while reducing and avoiding future health disparities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future, public health will continue to be the leading science regulating our lives, to limit the risk of another outbreak of infectious disease. It is safe to say, in the wake of COVID-19, that Public Health training is the single most relevant and valuable asset for the careers of tomorrow.

From physicians to MBAs, from nurses to lawyers, everyone will have to know how to make the world safe from infection and to avoid policies and behaviors that may cause another pandemic. That is the the science of Public Health, and Long Island University leads the way in making the world safer and healthier for a brighter future.

About Us

Our Mission: The mission of LIU Brooklyn’s MPH program is to improve public health systems, infrastructure and workforce in a way that is likely to reduce the health disparities in New York City, and the wider national and global community, by educating the next generation of leaders in public health research and practice.

Our Vision: LIU MPH graduates will be the public 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. LIU MPH will be the “go to” local academic source for public health practitioners, managers, and leaders in the Brooklyn, NY, Greater New York area and globally.

In order to address the aforementioned program mission, the faculty, the administration, students and staff of LIU Brooklyn’s MPH Program operate under the following programmatic goals:

  • Goal 1: Instruction - Educate individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health through a graduate level program that focuses on evidence-based approaches to public health in the local and global context.
  • Goal 2: Research - Advance the field of public health practice through scholarly research and investigation of public health issues as well as through collaboration with local, state, federal, and international partners.
  • Goal 3: Service - Improve the health status of Brooklyn communities through faculty and students’ active participation in community service.

Admissions Requirements


  • 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 Website.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • 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 here (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.
  • Submit at least two (2) current letters of reference (reference form) 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.
  • Due to scheduling conflicts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the MPH program has suspended the requirement for Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test. Applicants who have taken the GRE are encouraged to submit the scores in their application.
  • 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, please submit Official scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or accepted equivalent tests.

All official transcripts should be addressed to:
Long Island University Brooklyn
ATTN: Office of Admissions
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11201

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:

  • Recommended application date for Spring Admission: November 15
  • Recommended application date for Fall Admission: June 15


Course Sequence and Timeline

When planning courses for each semester, remember that all requirements for the MPH degree must be completed within six years from the date of initial enrollment. You may attend either full-time (at least 9 credits/semester) or part-time (6 credits/semester). As you plan your schedule, consider other demands on your time, including employment and family needs. Rushing through the program is not a good idea. Plan carefully, thoughtfully, and strategically, taking every aspect of your life into consideration. The course sequence options outlined on the next page are provided to help you plan your program of study. Tailored course sequences may be developed in collaboration with your academic advisor.

Yearly master schedules may change without notice; however, the following can serve as a guide for helping you plan your course sequences and shows when core and elective courses are usually offered.

Provided suggestion is for full-time students:

First Semester

  • MPH 600 Foundations of Public Health and Health Services Management
  • MPH 610 Principles of Epidemiology
  • MPH 615 Principles of Applied Biostatistics

Second Semester

  • MPH 620 Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • MPH 625 Environmental Health Issues in Public Health
  • MPH 735 Research and Evaluation Methods

Summer Semester

  • MPH 650 Elective – Study Abroad
  • MPH 745 Organizing and Educating for Health

Third Semester

  • MPH 740 Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • MPH 750 Public Health Policy, Advocacy and Leadership
  • MPH 755 Health Communications Issues and Strategies

Fourth Semester

  • MPH 530 Global Public Health Challenges/ or MPH 575
  • MPH 798 Public Health Capstone Seminar
  • MPH 799 Public Health Field Practicum

Course Descriptions

Courses are now viewable online at Long Island Schedule of Classes. Contact your academic advisor for registration guidance on your program of study.


MPH Program Requirements

Continued Enrollment and graduation are 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)

One-year program for practicing US physicians (MDs):

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing physicians in the United States, or recently graduated medical students from US institutions, may take advantage of an accelerated program, where they may complete the MPH in 12-18 months. Please inquire with the program chair for more information.

Academic Calendar and Exam Schedules

Please visit our university's enrollment service page for more information on important dates and exam schedules to be aware of.


Public Health Program Competencies

After completion of the MPH Program, you will have competencies in the following areas of public health.

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

1.             Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice

2.             Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context

3.             Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate

4.             Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.

Public Health & Health Care Systems

5.             Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings

6.             Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

Planning & Management to Promote Health

7.             Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health

8.             Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs

9.             Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention

10.          Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management

11.          Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health

12.          Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence

13.          Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes

14.          Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations

15.          Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


16.          Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making

17.          Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


18.          Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors

19.          Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation

20.          Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

Interprofessional Practice

21.          Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

Systems Thinking 

21.          Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue


Helisse Levine, MA, Phd.
Professor, MPH Director

Bakry Elmedni, MPA, Phd.
Associate Professor

Sarah Rush Griffin, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor

Colette Knuth, Phd.
Assistant Professor


Dr. Christopher Adams

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