Richard McCalmont, MSW
Academic Project Manager
LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1025

Public Health

Public Health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities (families, neighborhoods, groups of people) and global population as a whole. Every day, millions of people across the globe suffer from preventable injuries, or acute  and chronic diseases, resulting in impaired quality of life and often, unnecessary death. Public Health professionals help prevent disease, disability, and premature death by confronting global health issues and promoting healthy lifestyles through research, policy, educational programs, development and administration of programs, and improved access to health care.

LIU's Public Health program is the go-to academic source for public health practitioners, managers, and leaders in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. Our graduates work to achieve equitable health systems, infrastructure, environment, and lifestyle changes through health education, advocacy, and communication. Graduates go on to become 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. 

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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 of the Borough of Brooklyn, New York City, and the wider national and global community, by educating the next generation of culturally competent public health practitioners and scholars.

Our Vision: LIU MPH Generalist 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.


     Program Accreditation Report     CEPH Accreditation Decision Letter 

The Master of Public Health at Long Island University was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2015 for a full five year term, extending until July 1, 2023.

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 well embedded in local public health community having strong working relations with community organizations and governmental agencies. The Program is designed to meet a growing demand for skilled general Public Health professionals and leads to diverse and rewarding career opportunities, preparing students with knowledge and skills of an MPH Generalist. 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.

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
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 or better
  • 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.
  • Submit current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores. Test scores more than five years old will NOT be accepted. EXCEPTION: Applicants with official transcripts showing completed graduate degrees are NOT required to submit GRE scores, though they are strongly urged to do so.
  • Submit Official scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or accepted equivalent tests.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.

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 (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

Fall 2018 courses are now viewable online at Long Island Schedule of Classes and Summer 2018 registration is currently open. 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)

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

Student Resources


New student orientation usually takes place on the first Friday of the semester (Fall or Spring). For more information please see our Orientation Packet.

International Students 

International student orientation begins on the Friday before the start of the Fall and Spring Semesters. For more information please see the following links: 


For more information on how your 200 hour practicum experience is designed to give you the “real world” experience of public health, please download our Master of Public Health Program Practicum Program Manual. 


Fall 2018-Spring 2019 event calendar coming soon. 

Forms and Student Handbook 

The MPH Student Handbook 2017-2018 is a print resource that offers help navigating the MPH Program, the LIU Brooklyn campus rules and regulations, and required reading for all of our students. It outlines the policies and procedures of the LIU Brooklyn MPH program, as a part of the School of Health Professions.  


LIU Pharmacy (Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), LIU Brooklyn, LIU Global, and LIU Hudson of Long Island University offer a joint-commencement ceremony in May. The ceremony, officiated by President Kimberly R. Cline, will celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 3,000 graduates as well as those of special distinguished guests. It will be an opportunity for you to share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends, as the University’s Board of Trustees, Chancellors, Officers, faculty and staff pay tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree. Each graduate is recognized by name and will have their photo taken in cap and gown as they cross the main stage.  

This landmark event will be held at New York's premier sports and entertainment arena: 

Barclays Center 
620 Atlantic Avenue 
Brooklyn, New York 11217 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 
Procession begins at 9:00 a.m.

For more information on cap and gown purchase, eligibility & requirements, honorary degree recipients, live webcast, senior class giving, tickets, location & directions, hotels, photograph & video, and commencement gallery. Please visit the Commencement home page.


Jelena Malogajski, MD, MS, PhD  |  Assistant Professor

Sarah Elizabeth Rush, PhD  |  Assistant Professor

Joyce Y. Hall, MPH  |  Director of Practicum and Career Advancement


From smoking, obesity, stress, and environmental factors, to disparities based on ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic class, Brooklyn and NYC present unique public health issues and an increasing demand for professionals who understand the complex needs of an urban population.

Why Study Public Health?

  • You feel a “calling” to apply your talents, skills, experience, and knowledge to making the places where people live, work, study, play, and pray healthier.
  • You are a clinician (e.g., medical doctor, pharmacist nurse, or physical, respiratory, occupational, or mental health therapist) originally trained to treat individuals after they become sick or injured, who wants to apply your medical experience and training to prevent disease, disability, and premature death at the community level.
  • You are a college graduate with no health training, but want to apply your skills education to a fulfilling and meaningful profession that is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of the community and world.


In addition to placements at leading local and regional agencies and organizations, MPH students have the opportunity to complete their clinical rotation at elite international partners the European Center for Peace and Development in Belgrade, Serbia and the United Nations University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.


School of Health Professions