The mission of York College’s undergraduate public health program is to engage in teaching, learning, scholarship and service to foster and sustain a healthier New York City and to promote culturally responsive, evidence-informed solutions to reduce disparities and promote health and wellness among urban populations.
Public health programs focus primarily on prevention and health promotion (rather than treatment), and on whole populations (rather than individuals). Public health is an essential component of the US health system. Its infrastructure and prevention-based programs, together with clinical health systems, work to improve population health and reduce health care costs among populations. The undergraduate program in public health at York College is focused on the science of protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities.
Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the CUNY School of Public Health, students in the major will take courses originating from the various public health core disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and health management and policy. The community health concentration emphasizes specific training in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of community-based, -focused and –driven public health programs and policies. Aligned with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation criteria, the major curriculum is multidisciplinary while being rooted in the social and behavioral determinants of health. As students progress through the program, they will gain more breadth and depth in public health practice through field experiences as well as a capstone course in their final year.
Upon completion of the degree, students will be better equipped to complete graduate education in public health or begin working in the field as a public health practitioner. Students will have acquired skills that could be translated into the workplace (city, state or local government agencies, non for profit organizations, etc.) or other post baccalaureate educational settings such as enrollment in an MPH, MSW, JD or MD program.
Admission Criteria to the Program
At time of admission, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework completed; at least 12 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following PH courses: PH201 and PH210 or PH215 or PH225 or PH320 or PH330 or PH340.
Admission to the program will be based on a yearly cohort model of enrollment. A minimum of 33% of available program seats will be reserved for each of the following groups (given sufficient applications submitted): 1) Native York students; 2) Transfer students from CUNY; and 3) Transfer students from outside CUNY (e.g., 30 new program seats; 10 will be reserved for students from each group). Upon admission to the program (usually at the beginning of the third year in a 4-year plan), students will be encouraged to attend full-time (if not already).
Retention and Completion Criteria
A minimum GPA of 3.0 in required program courses (including program electives); a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.