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General Information

Public health offices are located in White Hall – suites 344 and 444, and the 4th floor office corridor

Visit the Public Health Faculty and Staff Directory to learn more about the faculty and staff in the Department of Public Health.

Department Office Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Summer Semester: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Vision, Mission, and Goals

The Syracuse University public health programs’ vision is to be a leader in leveraging public health research and education to create the greatest impact on global health.

The program’s mission is to improve the health for all people through scholarship, education, and service; thereby creating exceptional leaders who will impact public health, promote individual and community well-being, and effect change among local, national, and global communities.

The program’s goals to accomplish our mission:

  • Prepare practitioners and leaders in the field of public health to have a positive impact on public health challenges.
  • Achieve excellence in teaching and scholarship.
  • Foster a richly diverse and inclusive community of learning and opportunity in our students, faculty, and curriculum. Inform the practice of public health through local, national, and global partnerships. 

Inform the practice of public health through local, national, and global partnerships.

Public Health Graduate Degree General Requirements

Non-Credit Bearing Requirements, all students

Public Health Foundations Training

By the end of their first semester, students entering a Public Health graduate program must successfully complete “Public Health Foundations Training,” an online course found on Blackboard. This requirement is waived for those having earned a B.S. degree from a C.E.P.H.-accredited B.S. program. The zero credit course is composed of 5 modules that provide an introduction to public health concepts. Completion of the course occurs when the student has successfully reviewed all modules and passed each corresponding quiz. See: Public Health Foundations Training.

Community Service/Volunteer Hours

We highly encourage Public Health graduate students to participate in community service at least once per academic year. Involvement in community service serves as a means for students to learn and experience community engagement, become an active member of a community, and create a positive impact on a community in need. Syracuse provides several opportunities for community service. Opportunities can be found through the Syracuse University Shaw Center and Hendrick’s Chapel Office of Engagement. Additional opportunities may also be sought outside of the university. 

M.P.H. Requirements

M.P.H. Credit Bearing Requirements

Applied Practice Experience (A.P.E.): M.P.H. Graduate Practicum (P.H.P. 667)

All students in the M.P.H. program must complete an international applied practical experience. This course creates an opportunity for students to understand and apply public health competencies through direct experience in a global setting, providing cross-cultural experience and understanding of public health policies and practices in the field. This course is completed after year 1 or year 2 of the program; registration is by permission of instructor only. P.H.P. 667 is a flex-long course that begins in the Spring semester (year 1 or 2) and concludes in the following summer. Students complete a preparatory seminar requirement in the spring and a 200-hour international practicum in the summer.

Integrative Learning Experience (I.L.E.) (P.H.P. 707)

All M.P.H. students complete an integrative learning experience. In partial fulfillment of this 2-credit course, students submit a final integrative paper demonstrating the ability to utilize the learned M.P.H. competencies in real life public health issues.

M.P.H. Non-Credit Bearing Requirements

Interprofessional Education (I.P.E.)

All M.P.H. Students participate in an interprofessional education (I.P.E.) experience. This is a non-credit bearing experience and is mandatory to meet degree requirements. This experience includes:

Preparation: The completion of a self-study module to introduce students to the importance of interprofessional collaboration to improve individual and population level health and to the competencies that support effective interprofessional practice. Once all activities are accomplished, a certificate of completion is uses.

Engagement: The participation on interprofessional teams to examine and propose solutions to a public health problem. A faculty or teaching staff member serves as a participant observer on each team.

Assessment: To include the following (Students complete step 1 and 3):

  • Completion of a pre- and post-test that evaluates students’ confidence in their ability to demonstrate each of the competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice.
  • Faculty/staff conducted team observations to assess the extent to which the group being observed in behaving as an interprofessional team.
  • A 2 page report to include: (a) a description of the public health problem (affected population and significance); (b) roles and responsibilities of represented professions; (c) determination if other professions or parties are needed to reach an optimal outcome; (d) how interprofessional collaboration potentially produced a better outcome than if one discipline alone worked on resolution of the problem; (e) the importance of attitudes, values, perceptions of, and approaches to other when working on an interprofessional team to address a public health concern.

M.S.P.H. Requirements

M.S.P.H. Credit Bearing Requirements

Graduate Thesis Requirement

All M.S.P.H. Public Health Graduate Students complete a thesis. The thesis is an empirical study of some aspect of public health that demonstrates a student’s ability to conceptualize and theorize a specific topic, formulate research questions, conduct appropriate analysis, and present the results in a clear, accurate, and logical manner.

Thesis Committee and Proposal

The thesis must be approved by the student’s Master’s thesis committee. The committee is comprised of the student’s advisor (who will serve as the committee’s chair) and two other Public Health faculty members. Only tenured and tenure track Public Health faculty may serve as chair. A proposal should be developed in consultation with the faculty advisor and should contain the following: Introduction, importance of the study, literature review, research questions/hypothesis, and proposed methodology. Committee members should be given at least four weeks to read the proposal prior to the proposal defense date. At the thesis proposal defense, the students presents their proposal and answers questions posed by their thesis committee. Upon approval of the proposal, the student, in consultation with their advisor, is required to determine if their study requires Institutional Review Board (I.R.B.) approval. If required, the students must follow the guidelines to gain I.R.B. approval prior to the start of their study (Note: faculty advisors must serve as P.I. on I.R.B. applications per institutional policy). Instructions can be obtained from: I.R.B. Approval. Students cannot proceed to their study until they receive approval from their committee and I.R.B. approval (if deemed necessary). This work is typically completed in the Fall semester of Year 2.

Final Defense of Thesis

After the faculty advisor has given their approval, the thesis is submitted to the thesis committee members for their feedback and suggestions. Committee members should be given at least four weeks to provide feedback. At the end of the period, committee members may require students to make changes to the thesis. Only after all committee members have given their approval should a thesis defense date be scheduled. All students must follow the graduate school guidelines for formatting their thesis found at: Thesis Format Guidelines. You can find additional information on the defense of a thesis at: Thesis Defense Checklist.

Request for Examination

All students must complete a request for examination found at: Request for Examination. Students should select a faculty member (other than the three committee members) to act as the representative of the Graduate School and moderate the thesis defense. Defenses may only be scheduled during the fall and spring semesters. All thesis defense are open to the public, and all students are expected to provide the departmental administrative assistant, Mel Stoffel (mstoffel@syr.edu) with an electronic copy of the abstract of their thesis at least two weeks prior to the defense. All defenses will be advertised. One electronic copy of the thesis should be made available to the departmental office for reading two weeks prior to the defense.

Thesis Completion Timeline
Year 1By end of semester: Identify primary faculty advisor By end of semester: Identify thesis committee and conduct thesis proposal defense. If applicable, submit I.R.B. application. 
Year 2By end of semester: Complete data collection and/or analysis. Begin development of outline for thesis. 

Week 4: Submit thesis to committee members (request feedback within 4 weeks)

Week 6-7: File a request for examination

Week 8: Revise thesis based on feedback. Schedule thesis defense date with faculty.

Week 9-10: Thesis defense

Public Health Graduate Programs

M.P.H. Program Information

The M.P.H. is a 42-credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge and skills necessary for the development, implementation, and advancement of evidence-based public health initiatives. Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, and more In the Syracuse University Graduate Catalog.

Recommended Course Schedule

Year 1

P.H.P. 621 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 627 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 630 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 664 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 668 (3 credits)

Elective Course (3 credits) - Global Health Concentration

P.H.P. 705 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 667 (4 credits) (Year 1 or 2)
Year 2

P.H.P. 706 or 669 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 665 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 624 or P.H.P. 661

P.H.P. 704 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 707 (2 credits)

P.H.P. 706 or P.H.P. 669 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 667 (4 credits) (Year 1 or 2)

M.S.P.H. Program Information

The M.S.P.H. is a 42-credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge and research skills necessary for the advancements of evidence-based public health. Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, and more in the Syracuse University Graduate Catalog.

Recommended Course Schedule

Year 1

P.H.P. 621 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 630 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 661 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 623 (1 credit)

P.H.P. 622 (2 credits)

P.H.P. 631 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 668 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 705 (3 credits) - Global Track

P.H.P. 663 (3 credits) - Analytics Track

Year 2

P.H.P. 665 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 706 (3 credits) - Global Track

P.H.P. 632 (3 credits) - Analytics Track

Elective Course (3 credits) - Both Tracks

P.H.P. 704 (3 credits)

P.H.P. 997 (3 credits)

Elective Course (3 credits) - Advisor Directed

Certificates of Advanced Study, C.A.S.

Global Health; C.A.S.

The Global Health C.A.S. is a 19-credit hour graduate program providing students applied skills in global health policy and practice. This program emphasizes the integration of social and behavioral determinants of health combined with practice and evidence-based strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies in global settings. The C.A.S. in Global Health can be offered in combination with any graduate degree or pursued as a stand-alone Certification. It is particularly useful in providing students in technical or terminal degrees with global health credentials to help them pursue their careers in a global setting. A practicum concluding the program provides students with direct field experience. Note: Revisions to this program are underway.

Visit the following link for more information: Global Health C.A.S.   

Addiction Studies; C.A.S.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Addiction Studies is currently under revision and closed to admission.

Additional Opportunities

Extracurricular Activities

Graduate Student Organizations

All graduate students are members of the Graduate Student Organization (G.S.O.). This organization offers many social opportunities, as well as connections to on campus services. See the recognized graduate student organizations here: Graduate Student Organizations.

Research Opportunities

All graduate students have the opportunity to engage in research with Public Health and other related faculty. This research is a core component to the M.S.P.H.; however, interested students in other graduate programs are encouraged to consider these opportunities as well, as time permits. For information on Falk faculty research, see here: Falk College Research

Professional and Career Development Opportunities

The Syracuse University Graduate School offers a variety of professional and career development opportunities. Opportunities include workshops, labs, and one-on-one appointments on topics such as: career exploration, research, job preparation, T.A. support, and a variety of others. Learn more at Professional and Career Development

Academic Policies & Procedures

Syracuse University Academic Rules

Academic Record 

19.0 Advanced Credit Examinations

20.0 Transfer Credit

21.0 Graduate Students Taking Undergraduate Level Courses

22.0 Restricted Graduate Credit

23.0 Conversion to Graduate Credit

24.0 Retaking Courses

25.0 Flagging Courses

26.0 Grades

Academic Status

27.0 Minimum GPA to Continue Graduate Work

28.0 Student Status

Academic Actions

29.0 Internal Transfer

Degree and Certificate Programs

30.0 Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

31.0 Master’s Degrees

33.0 Certificate Programs

34.0 Counting Credits toward Multiple Degrees and/or Programs

35.0 Diplomas and Certificates

Changes to Registration

Adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a class: Strict guidelines are established by the University registrar. See the academic calendars for specific dates.

Independent Study Courses

Public Health offers graduate level independent study courses, however they are only offered when students have special circumstances or a specific research need. Independent study courses are not offered as a means to fix scheduling needs. 

Make-up Exams

Make-up exams are to be taken 9:00 am – Noon and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday, scheduled through the course instructor. All make-up exams are at the discretion of the course faculty. Policies regarding make-up exams are described in the syllabus.

Registration Holds

Students with registration holds will be prevented from registering for classes. In order to register, students must obtain clearance from the holding office(s). Detailed information about holds is listed on the Syracuse University Registrar’s web site. Use the information provided in MySlice to resolve the hold. 

Retaking Courses

Graduate students may retake a course in which they earned a grade of C+, C, C-, or F, with the approval of their department/college and the Graduate School. Graduate courses may be retaken only once. A repeated course replaces the original course on the student's degree program of study, but both the original course and the repeated course will appear on the student's transcript and both courses will calculate, unless the original course is flagged.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine transfer credits are accepted by the program. To be accepted, the credits must have been earned at another regionally accredited graduate school in the United States or at an institutional equivalency recognized in another country; earned in a course ion which the grade earned was at least a B. Coursework completed on a pass/fail basis is not eligible for transfer unless approved by the academic unit chair and dean of the Graduate School; is in integral part of the degree program; and is approved by the Public Health department. 

Academic Advising & Forms

Advising Statement

Academic Advising is an essential component of a Syracuse University education. The University is committed to providing the individual advice and assistance that students need at every step throughout their degree programs. A successful system of academic advising is highly dependent upon a shared commitment of students, faculty, and staff to the process and the availability of timely, accurate information.

Academic Advising: Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keep advising appointments; for seeking out contacts and information; and for knowing the basic requirements for their degree programs. Students bear the final responsibility for making their own decisions based on the best information and advice available and, ultimately, on their own judgment.

Academic Advising: Advisor Responsibilities

Advisors are responsible for developing a thorough knowledge of the degree requirements within the students’ program of study and a working knowledge of academic options and resources throughout the University. Advisors are expected to involve students by encouraging them to ask questions, gather information and explore options so that they may develop a meaningful academic plan. Advisors will be available to students on a regular basis, monitor their advisees’ progress, assist in considering career options, and make appropriate referrals to other campus offices.

Assignment of Advisor

Advisors are assigned at the time of admission to the program. The assigned advisor and their contact information can be found on MySlice > View My Advisor.

Students may change academic advisors if they wish. To do so, the student formally requests a change of advisor and meets with the program director or the department chair to determine the best fit for the student and new advisor.

Advising Reports

All Falk College students have an Advising Report online in Myslice under “DegreeWorks”. This report is an advising tool to be used in collaboration with your academic advisor. Students review this report before the advising session to determine which courses have been used to satisfy degree requirements and to develop a plan for future courses to discuss with you academic advisor.


Graduate school forms may be downloaded from the Syracuse University Graduate School. The Graduate Program of Study form is to be completed and filed within the first semester of study.

Professional and Career advising is provided by public health faculty and is further supported by the Syracuse University Graduate School.

Helpful Advising Links for Public Health Graduate Students

S.U. Course Catalog

Falk Student Services

Additional information and advising resources can be found on the Department of Public Health websites Forms & Information.  


Electronic Mail (Email)

The Department of Public Health uses email and BlackBoard to communicate with students and student groups in a timely fashion. All emails will be sent to the students’ S.U. Email address. It is the responsibility of the student to check their S.U. email in a timely fashion.

Students are asked to understand that faculty receive large volumes of email and are not available via email at all times. Students should expect a reasonable lag in response time to their emails. 

Students are expected to:

  1. Address all faculty as Dr., Professor, Mr., Ms., Mx., unless given permission to address to faculty member by another name. This includes any oral or written communication.
  2. Speak directly with involved faculty concerning a perceived need or conflict in a timely fashion, rather than waiting until the end of the course.
  3. Be courteous and respectful of faculty, staff, and other students.


Blackboard is a web-based system that allows students and faculty to participate in class components online. Students and faculty access Blackboard using a standard browser. Blackboard allows instructor to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, and more. The degree to which blackboard is used in a course varies. All Public Health courses utilize the Blackboard system for posting of course syllabi and other documents related to the course.

For additional information regarding the Blackboard system, please refer to the Syracuse University Blackboard Student Support webpages.

Student Services

Academic Support Resources

Syracuse University

Subject-area Librarians: S.U. Libraries are staffed with subject specialist knowledgeable in various field of study. Subject Librarians may be found at: Subject Librarians.

Writing Center: The writing center offers free, one-to-one support for students seeking help with the planning phases of a written assignment (topic identification, organization of ideas, finding sources) and/or the quality of the final draft.

Office of Disability Services (O.D.S.): Syracuse University values diversity and seeks to promote equal access to educational opportunities for all students. Students who believe that accommodation for a disability is needed, should contact the Office of Disability Services.

Information and Technology Services: I.T.S. provides services, training, applications, and infrastructure to support technology needs.

Awards and Scholarships

A range of opportunities and awards are available to students in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, providing you with the means to enhance your personal, academic, and career growth.

Falk College Award

Graduate School Master’s Student Research Award

This award recognizes an outstanding Master’s student in Falk College. Evaluation is based on academic achievement with particular emphasis given to achievement in research.

Public Health Departmental Awards  

Excellence in a Public Health Graduate Program

This award recognizes an outstanding student in a public health graduate program. Evaluation is based on G.P.A., quality of internship outcomes, and impact at the campus or larger community level.

Graduate Student Marshall

This award is given to a Falk College student based on their achievement in scholarship, student organization involvement, leadership, and collegiality, as well as campus and community engagement and service.

Scholarship Opportunities

Syracuse University

Syracuse University awards merit-based scholarships to graduate students based on recommendations from students’ academic department. Learn more about graduate scholarships and other funding opportunities at: S.U. Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

External Scholarship Opportunities

A.A.U.W. Career Development Grant

A.A.U.W. International Fellowships Application

American Indian Graduate Center Higher Education Program

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Army Women’s Foundation Scholarships

N.B.C. Student Veteran Scholarship

Pride Foundation Scholarships

Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship

Trans Student Education Scholarships

Peggy Rudd Transgender Scholarship Fund

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans  

Prospanica Foundation Scholarships

Safety and Emergency Information

Syracuse University Department of Public Safety

Syracuse University is home to the S.U. Department of Public Safety, a department focusing on law enforcement, fire safety, emergency management, crime prevention, and additional services to keep the campus community safe. Learn more about the department at Syracuse Department of Public Safety.

Escort Services

Syracuse University provides an array of safety escort services, including a walking service and a shuttle service. Learn more at Safety Escort Services.

Safety and Emergency Information Cell Phone System

The Divisions of Campus Safety and Emergency Services and Enrollment and the Student Experience provides a download app that makes storing relevant campus safety information on your cell phone easier. With a simple download, you will be able to import contact cards that contain information for the following campus resources. Learn more about these resources at: S.U. Safety and Emergency

  • Department of Public Safety
  • Safety Escorts
  • Syracuse University Ambulance
  • Counseling Center
  • Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team
  • Title IX Office

  • Student Assistance
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