Two universities, one strong voice for a healthier world


When it comes to choosing a quality public health program, prestige is paramount, as is flexibility, comprehensiveness, and the ability to open international doors. the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and University of Alcala (UAH) have joined forces to ensure the changemakers of tomorrow all of the above and more.

“This collaborative MPH will provide a superior learning experience designed for career advancement, shaped by public health leaders at two outstanding universities in two great cities: New York and Madrid,” confirms CUNY Dean Ayman El-Mohandes SPH.

In collaboration with UAH, CUNY SPH offers a Online Master of Public Health (MPH) that can meet the needs of any working professional. The awards are proof of that. CUNY SPH is ranked in the top 15% of public health schools in the United States and ranked as the top public health school in New York. UAH was a perfect match for being not only historic but equally impressive – it’s one of the oldest universities in the world and one of Spain’s top medical and health science schools.

The global nature of the program opens doors to a wide range of rewarding roles in the ever-trendy field of public health. While the qualification itself was designed to produce highly skilled professionals, its two concentrations develop specialists.

the MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics prepares learners to improve the health of populations by teaching them to understand the principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiological study designs; collaborate in applied population health research; interpret epidemiological results; effectively communicate research and findings to lay and professional audiences; and apply the results to the development of evidence-based interventions.

Students accepted into this program begin their studies with eight online courses from CUNY SPH. Source: CUNY SPH

Students can also expect to understand and apply basic and intermediate-level statistical methods to public health research data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results. Graduates are currently thriving in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutes.

During this time, the MPH in Community Health is for those who wish to understand the social and behavioral sciences in public health. To prepare for careers that create change, they strive to develop the key skills needed to promote health in urban communities – think evaluation, community engagement, program development, grant writing, research, evaluation and all other skills needed to reduce social and behavioral threats to community health.

The concentration is filled with essential insights on how to address the social determinants of disease and health inequality. It also emphasizes structural theories of change, informed by principles of social justice.

Today, graduates of the program add value to a range of organizations—such as service, advocacy, and health care—in the public and nonprofit sectors in New York City and beyond.

University of Alcala

After completing eight online courses with CUNY SPH, MPH students must complete six online courses from UAH. Source: University of Alcalá

The best part? Both routes are accessible through the program’s online format, which makes it particularly affordable. With the CUNY SPH and UAH, working professionals don’t need to put aside their existing responsibilities or cut their source of income to earn a world-class qualification. Their online classes are asynchronous, meaning students attend classes whenever their schedule allows. Plus, tuition is significantly lower than at most private institutions—notably, CUNY SPH charges its online cohort the same attractive rates as its New York residents.

Choosing to become a virtual learner doesn’t mean missing out on the support offerings that come with the full college experience. The two institutions are working together to ensure that bilingual counselors will always be available for those who need additional help. Faculty directors also remain committed to turning curious learners into successful graduates – many even create experiential learning opportunities that enhance skills and strengthen professional networks.

“We know that we do our best for our students by engaging them directly in our faculty’s public health work,” says Dean El-Mohandes. “These professionals were already making a difference in the field of population health during their studies, and upon graduation they are fully prepared to take their place as leaders in their field.

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