Public Health (MPH)

Program Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Binghamton University's Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares graduates to prevent disease and promote health by addressing underlying environmental factors and social determinants, with the ultimate goal of achieving health equity among populations.

The program, which offers both full-time and part-time study, pursues focused scholarship in population/global health. All students take a foundation course that encourages role development and socialization in public health, as well as five core courses in social and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology and health policy. They also participate in a three-course sequence on research concepts and measurements; determinants and disparities; and policies, strategies and implementation in population/global health. The curriculum also includes experiential courses that build skills in health policy analysis and advocacy.

Degrees Offered

  • MPH in Public Health

Internships, research opportunities and more

A series of experiential public health courses facilitates connections between the classroom and the community, and the program culminates in a population/global health internship and capstone project. This curriculum prepares students to meet professional standards while providing opportunities to apply public health theories and concepts and promoting the development of communication skills, leadership abilities and collaborative relationships.

After You Graduate

The MPH program readies students for a wide range of careers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors in New York, across the United States and around the world. Graduates are set up for success in public health departments, insurance agencies and pharmaceutical companies, as well as settings across the healthcare spectrum, from primary care and home care to hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

Note: An applicant who does not meet the academic requirements for admission may be admitted conditionally (see Graduate School Policies and Procedures). A conditional admission indicates that, although the candidate did not meet admission requirements, other elements of the application (such as the personal statement, reference letters, etc.) suggest they possess the potential to be successful. Students admitted conditionally must have satisfactory academic performance in the first semester of the MPH program to receive a change in status to “regular.”

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university you have attended
    • A successful background in quantitative coursework is expected
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores are not routinely required, but may be requested based on evaluation of official transcripts

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
    • Public health minimum TOEFL score: 107 on the iBT
    • Public health minimum IELTS score: 7.5
    • Public health minimum PTE Academic score: 74
    • Public health minimum Duolingo score: 125
    • *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2021 application cycle.

This information is subject to change. Contact the MPH program director with questions about program-specific requirements.


Degree Fall Spring
MPH in Public HealthRolling (March 1 Recommended)N/A

Yvonne Johnston, DrPH, MS, FNP

Associate Professor; Founding Director, MPH Program; Founding Director; Associate Professor/Founding Director, MPH Program

CCPA Social Work; Master of Public Health (MPH) Program; Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences