MPH Admitted Student Hub

Congratulations on your acceptance to Decker College of Nursing and Health Science's Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

The MPH Admitted Student Hub is designed to keep you informed of dates and requirements that are critical as you prepare to join the program. Content is updated as new information becomes available, so check back regularly.

Carefully review the information contained on all the pages within this hub, as there are steps you must take to ensure you are prepared to begin the program. 

Important dates

  • Aug. 18, 2022 - Attend mandatory virtual MPH orientation (see below)
  • Aug. 21, 2023 - Attend new graduate student orientation, strongly recommended if you're new to Binghamton University (see below)
  • Aug. 22, 2023 - Classes begin

Review the Binghamton University academic calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Mandatory virtual MPH program orientation: Aug. 18, 2023

A mandatory VIRTUAL orientation for all MPH students will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. Additional information, including how to register for the orientation, will be available in early August. At orientation, you'll have a chance to meet with MPH program director Yvonne Johnston and MPH faculty, staff and students. There will also be interactive activities and a Q&A session. Note: You will be required to view pre-recorded orientation presentations and materials prior to the virtual orientation. You will be sent details about this via email.

New graduate student orientation (presented by the Graduate School): Aug. 21, 2023 

Strongly recommended for all new graduate students starting in the fall semester, the New Graduate Student Orientation will examine the pathways for success in graduate school and review University-wide resources to enrich your academic experience and ensure the timely completion of your graduate degree. Additional time will be devoted to issues relating to academic integrity, confidential problem-solving, managing your enrollment and accessing English Language Institute resources. Breakout meetings will offer insight and information on the graduate experience. There will also be a session on human resources and related benefits for new graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). View the Graduate School Orientation schedule.

Interprofessional education and MPH

Interprofessional education (IPE) is important to professional growth and population outcomes. Binghamton University supports IPE education within healthcare-related professions. For the MPH curriculum, IPE begins in the spring semester of the first year. In preparation for IPE assignments, students will be provided access to the IPE Orientation module via the University's learning management system prior to the start of the spring semester. More information will be provided during the fall semester.

If you have a felony or child abuse conviction
Students who have a felony or child abuse conviction are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the program requirements. If you are concerned about this, contact the Master of Public Health program director or the Decker College of Nursing  and Health Sciences Dean's Office. You are required to report felony convictions while enrolled in Decker College, as it may affect your progression.

Could you be considered an individual with a disability under the law?
The definition of disability is very broad under the law and you may not realize that you qualify for accommodations. If you have a diagnosis (physical, psychological, learning or other) that is impacting your academics OR if you received accommodations in high school, contact Binghamton University's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office for a consultation to discuss potential equal-access accommodations. Read more about the guidelines for requesting accommodations.

Important info about COVID vaccines

Students entering MPH programs are required to complete fieldwork experiences. If the fieldwork experience occurs in a healthcare agency, specific COVID vaccination requirements must be met. At this time, and for the foreseeable future, all New York state healthcare agencies require that all employees (including students completing fieldwork experiences) be fully vaccinated for COVID.  These agencies don't allow religious exemptions and have very narrow guidelines for medical exemptions. Any religious exemption granted by Binghamton University applies only to the University setting; it does not apply to off-campus affiliated activities such as fieldwork placements within Department of Health (DOH) regulated agencies. Students should be aware that if their fieldwork is in a DOH-regulated facility, they will need to comply with the facility‚Äôs COVID vaccination requirements or they will not be allowed to complete their fieldwork at these agencies. In those cases, students will need to seek an alternative location for their fieldwork.