Academic Programs

The Public Health program within the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students in the department learn about health issues among diverse populations; factors influencing the health of individuals, families, and communities; health literacy; and cultural competence, with a predominant focus on health promotion.

Academic service learning provides the framework for the undergraduate program. The program partners with more than 120 local and regional public health agencies, non-profit organizations and other health settings in which our students provide important service work while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Courses with service opportunities begin freshmen year and culminate senior year with the 400 hour Capstone Internship requirement.

Opportunities to participate on research teams led by faculty members exist for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The bachelor of science degree in Public Health (BSPH) is built on a foundation of liberal arts courses in the natural sciences, statistics, written and other forms of communication, the social sciences and humanities. Public health core courses explore factors that impact on health of individuals, families, and communities and ways in which public health intersects with these factors. Students are introduced to public health fundamental core areas such as epidemiology, public health administration, health policy, program development and evaluation, and health ethics.

Graduates of the program will be competent to pursue entry level employment in public health fields or to pursue graduate studies in a variety of academic areas including public health, public policy, health care administration, and law.  The program can also provide students with a pathway to advanced studies in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant studies or nursing.  Within one year of graduation, 95% of our students are employed or pursuing post-bachelor’s training or education.

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Accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Global Health Program

The 144-credit accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Global Health program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in Global Health in five years, as opposed to six years if the degrees were completed separately and consecutively. The program substitutes 15 credits of graduate public health coursework for 12 credits of similar undergraduate public health coursework plus 3 credits of social science requirement. Students complete two internship experiences: a generalist public health internship in year 4 and an international global health internship in year 5. While not required, students will be encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience during their second or third year of study.

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Accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Public Health Program

The 150-credit accelerated B.S. Public Health/M.S. Public Health program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Public Health in five years, as opposed to six years if the degrees were completed separately and consecutively. The program substitutes 15 credits of graduate public health coursework for 12 credits of similar undergraduate public health coursework plus 3 credits of liberal art or general elective. Students complete an internship experience in year 4 and a master’s thesis in year 5. Students choose one area of specialization: Global Health or Biostatistics.

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Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

The increasing interest in, and need for, an addictions informed workforce and adequately trained addictions counselors is compounded by an environment where there are not enough counselors, healthcare professionals or social services professionals with adequate training and credentialing in alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions. Workforce development is also an important issue in the field of substance abuse prevention. Workforce problems are evident in every element and dimension of the behavioral health field from policy development to prevention and treatment. Concerns about the workforce also exist among every group of stakeholders concerned about the future of prevention and treatment of substance use problems.

This Masters of Arts in Addiction Studies would be ideal for graduates of programs in public health, nursing, psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience as well as practicing behavioral health, mental health and allied professionals in need of addictions specific education and credentialing.

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Master of Science in Public Health

The Master of Science in Public Health is a 42 credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge and research skills necessary for the advancement of evidence-based public health. Within the MSPH, there are two tracks. The Global Health track introduces students to health issues in the context of the global community providing students with exposure to theory, research and applications in both the US and international settings. The Biostatistics track provides students with training in both introductory and advanced biostatistics – applying multiple different analytic methods to the analysis of public health data. This degree prepares graduates for research careers in a variety of local, national and international public health settings. Unlike applied training in public health offered by Master of Public Health (MPH) or other health-related master’s degree programs, the MSPH focuses on research methods and biostatistics competencies in concert with mentored research culminating in a thesis. With the rapid increase in accessible health information and the proliferation of global health initiatives, graduates will be well-positioned for careers in these growth fields.

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Master of Science in Global Health

The 36-credit hour master of science in Global Health (MSGH), is an educational program that builds from the     department’s strengths in public health work in global settings.

Many threats to health exist today-from biomedical challenges, such as infectious diseases, chronic illnesses and disabilities-to psychosocial challenges, such as poverty and violence. Ecological and cultural factors shape the meanings that health practitioners and families attribute to health and illness, and how these connotations influence choices made regarding care practices, exposure to potential dangers, requests for assistance, and responses to interventions.

The MSGH incorporates the study of cultural health norms and practices and integrates the study of historical experiences of ethnic groups and their culturally determined patterns of dealing with issues of health and illness. The program introduces students to methods and statistics in public health; however, the degree program focuses on applications in global health, culminating in an 6-week international placement directly following the second year’s spring semester. These placements are structured experiences designed to provide a real-world application of principles and skills learned previously in the classroom. We are continually adding and updating these placements; however, possible sites might include Kenya in Africa or Ecuador in South America.

Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds with extensive experience in the Caribbean, Canada, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East that will offer students valuable exposure to issues and lifestyles of these cultures. The varieties of faculty disciplines offer students more than the traditional perspective that will add in-depth knowledge from multiple perspectives.

The program seeks to develop a new group of health care professionals who are trained to meet the needs of the local, national, and international community. The global perspective of the program will be invaluable for graduate students interested in meeting the needs of the increasingly diverse population of New York State and the United States. The program’s combination of theory and practice allows students to work in policy, research, and service settings.

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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies provides an intensive concentration of coursework on the biology, psychology and cross-cultural sociology of addictions for students enrolled in the following Syracuse University graduate programs:

  • M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education)
  • Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education)
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College)
  • M.S.W. Social Work (Falk College)
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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health 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 CAS in Global Health can be offered in combination with any graduate degree, or pursued as a stand-alone Certificate. 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 direct field experience.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Syracuse University Global Health CAS Gainful Employment Disclosure page.

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Addiction Studies Minor

This 19-21 credit minor in Addiction Studies prepares students for employment in addiction prevention programs and services. Upon completion of the minor, students will have met the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) education training requirements for Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) and Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP). Supervised work experience (2,000 hours for CPS; 4,000 hours for CPP) and a passing score on the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) exam is required before full certification is awarded by OASAS.

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Health and Wellness Minor

This minor addresses personal behaviors, environmental factors and social conditions that affect the quality of personal and public health. It is intended to increase the capacity of the individual to adopt health-benefiting behaviors and lifestyles. The minor requires completion of 18 credits, including 12 credits above the 300 level. To be admitted into the minor, a student must submit a Declaration of Minor form to his or her faculty advisor, the Health and Wellness Minor coordinator, and the Dean’s office in his or her home college.


Public Health Minor

This minor addresses personal behaviors, environmental factors and social conditions that affect the quality of personal and public health. It is intended to increase the capacity of the individual to adopt health-benefiting behaviors and lifestyles. The minor requires completion of 18 credits, including 12 credits above the 300 level. To be admitted into the minor, a student must submit a Declaration of Minor form to his or her faculty advisor, the Health and Wellness Minor coordinator, and the Dean’s office in his or her home college.