The Cornell MPH program seeks to recruit students from diverse backgrounds to create a transdisciplinary learning environment that will equip graduates to assess and address issues of public health importance.

MPH course instruction is taught by leading public health experts and faculty on the Ithaca campus and is complemented by applied practical learning settings around the world. For the standard two‐year program,  the curriculum will be comprised of four components, including core course work, concentration and elective course work related to one of two concentration areas, two mentored practicum in the field of public health, and presentation of a culminating capstone project.

As a professional degree, MPH graduates are expected to leave the program equipped to enter the workforce and lead public health action. In order to be equipped to do so, two practicums are required which will be overseen by an advisor, supervisor, or preceptor.

The model of this MPH program seeks to ensure that competencies gained in the classroom will be reinforced and demonstrated in the field. The applied competencies gained and refined in the field will be demonstrated through presentation and submission of a capstone project, which will be assessed by peers and the MPH faculty. Each student’s capstone project will have two components.

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Concentration Areas

Currently, the MPH program offers two concentrations:

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Graduates will be prepared to manage, prevent, identify and respond to infectious disease threats, covering ongoing and emerging viral, bacterial, fungal or parasitic disease concerns in both humans and animals. Students will learn how to measure and track disease spread, map and disseminate appropriate public health communications, and be able lead a coordinated response to address the public health need. This will include training in epidemiological techniques specifically related to infectious diseases and outbreak investigation, as well as training in vector borne diseases.

Food Systems and Health

Students will learn to take a systems approach to assess and coordinate policies or interventions that ensure safe and sustainable land use, food production, food storage, food processing, food delivery, and consumption. This will include training in toxicology, food safety, food and water security, and/or nutrition. Students will learn how to engage local and global communities to assess systems or needs, develop interventions from a One Health approach, and lead monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure public health needs are being met.

Options for Study

Two-Year MPH

A full-time professional program for individuals with undergraduate degrees, designed to be completed over a 21-month period, including four academic semesters and one summer.  Students in the full time, regular MPH program will be expected to pay four semesters of tuition, and be on campus for two academic years. The summer should be spent in the field gaining public health experience. 

Accelerated MPH

 A full-time accelerated professional program for individuals with advanced health-related degrees or substantial public health field experience. This program will be completed in a 15-month period.  Students in the accelerated MPH program will be expected to pay three semesters of tuition, and be on campus for up to 15 months, including time in the field honing public health competence. 

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Part-Time MPH

Students who are local area residents or who are Cornell Employees may pursue the MPH on a part time basis, taking two classes each semester, to be completed over four years.  Students in the part time MPH program will be expected to pay half-a-semester’s tuition cost each semester, over three-to-four years.  To learn more about the Part-Time Program, click here.

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