Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Why Earn a DrPH?

As an experienced public health professional, you understand how factors such as access to health care, healthy food and education can impact the health of communities. The DrPH degree gives you the leadership skills to put those programs into practice.

Why Earn a DrPH from SUNY Downstate?

Like our MPH program, Downstate's Doctor of Public Health program focuses on "Building the Bridge to Health Equity" in urban and immigrant communities. As the only Health Sciences University with an academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve communities of immigrants from across the world. Our extensive network of partners means you'll work with clinical research groups, local and national health departments and community organizations to put your training to work. As you participate in our part-time program, you'll develop broad and deep competence as public health practitioners.

What You Will Learn

  • The DrPH program builds from the skills you already have. In-depth applied experiences will help you pursue valuable professional opportunities.
  • You will take four foundation courses, in quantitative research methods; study design; public health management and ethics; and public health policy and politics.
  • Another four classes will focus on one of three concentrations—epidemiology, community health sciences, or environmental & occupational health.
  • Electives, a qualifying examination, and a dissertation complete your studies.
All certificates are graduate Level

School of Public Health

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of the doctor of public health are equipped to find opportunities in government, health care, or private industry.

Job Titles

  • Biostatistician
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Lawyer
  • Environmental Health Specialist


  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • U.S. Navy
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health




Qualify for an advanced leadership position through this concentration, which will give you the skills to conduct independent epidemiological research.

Community Health Sciences

Develop the leadership skills necessary to plan, design, implement and evaluate programs that lead to social and behavior change.

Environmental & Occupational Health

Build the scientific knowledge and managerial skills needed to address environmental issues through applied research, program management, policy guidance and communication.

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty are nationally recognized leaders with broad research interests. Downstate faculty investigate clinical outcomes and health care quality improvement; risk management in health care institutions; HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases; cancer epidemiology; and more. Their work is often published in outlets such as the New England Journal of Medicine.

At the same time our faculty are national experts, they are also acutely aware of health care disparities that affect many in Brooklyn. Downstate faculty are committed to being a part of the vital national conversation about closing these gaps.

Meet Our Faculty

Program Highlights


Epidemiology in your own backyard.

Classes integrate service learning experiences in the community. You'll conduct fieldwork at a local or state health agency or a local organization, putting your lessons to work in real life.

A world of challenges.

Downstate's Center for Global Health provides educational, research, and service initiatives overseas. You can even participate in student field practicums abroad.

Tap into Downstate expertise.

Collaborate with faculty and students from our College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, community-based organizations, and the University Hospital at Downstate and its affiliated hospitals and institutions.

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