The Department of Public Health 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 (BSPH)

The 30-credit public health core provides foundational public health knowledge and skills important for entry-level public health practice or post-graduate study. In addition to the public health core, a 15-credit concentration in Addiction Prevention, Community Health Education, Health & Society, or Healthcare Management provides tailored career-related training.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MPH is a 42-credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge, research, and practice skills necessary for the advancement of evidence-based public health. The program’s global health concentration emphasizes an evidence-based understanding of complex determinants of population health combined with practice and evidence-based strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies in global settings. These applied competencies are acquired in relevant coursework and reinforced by application during an international practicum placement.

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Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

The Masters 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.

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Accelerated Public Health, BSPH/MPH

The 150-credit accelerated B.S. Public Health/MPH program provides students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Public Health (BSPH) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in five years, as opposed to six years if the degrees were completed separately. The B.S. Public Health/MPH program substitutes 15 credits of graduate public health coursework for 15 credits of similar undergraduate public health coursework.

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Accelerated Public Health, BSPH/MSPH

The BS/MS in Public is a 150 credit hour, 5-year academic program that provides students with an accelerated pathway to an advanced degree in public health. Students gain core knowledge, research, and practice skills necessary for the advancement of evidence-based public health, while eliminating redundancy if the degrees were completed separately. Students complete an internship experience, a specialization track in either global health or biostatistics, and a masters thesis. The bachelor’s degree is awarded at the completion of year 4 and the masters degree is awarded at the completion of the 5th year of study.

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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies

The 12-credit Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Addiction Studies examines the intersectionality of substance use and addictive behaviors with emphasis on prevention, policy, and sustainable recovery. The CAS in Addiction Studies is designed for students from professions and disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Education, Law, Marriage and Family Therapy, Neuroscience, Public Administration, Public Health, Psychology, and Social Work.

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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.

You are considered an “internal admit” if you are a current SU student. If you wish to pursue a concurrent degree; are presently completing one degree program and wish to pursue another; or wish to be admitted to a doctoral program in the same program of study in which you are currently pursuing a masters degree you need to complete the internal admit process. To be considered for admittance to either the CAS in Addiction Studies or the MS in Global Health, you will need to submit a Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application Form and personal statement to the Public Health Office in 344 White Hall.

Personal Statement Instructions

Submit your personal statement as a hard copy or PDF document along with your completed internal admissions application. Be sure to include your name and SUID Number on your personal statement. The purpose of the personal statement is to help the Admissions Committee better understand your interest in, and compatibility with, your chosen profession. Please submit a personal essay of 600-800 words that addresses the following:

  1. Why you have selected the program to which you are applying?
  2. Describe your personal and professional experiences with diverse populations, referencing at least three of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, ethnicity, gender, mental/physical ability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  3. Describe your professional goals, future professional plans, and academic interests.

Once you have completed the internal application form, personal statement and GRE (MS applicants only) and submitted all materials to the Public Health Office in room 202 at 344 White Hall, you will meet with the Graduate program director, or designee, to determine eligibility for internal admission.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain signatures from their current department prior to submitting the application and supporting materials. Applicants from the School of Education must also obtain the signature of Amy Redmond before forwarding the form to the new department. There is no application fee for an internal application.

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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 Addiction Services and Supports (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.

There have been numerous reports documenting the need for a better educated and prepared workforce in the fields of addictions including the recent 2013 Report to Congress on the Nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Workforce Issues and the preceding Report to Congress: Addictions Treatment Workforce Development, and Strengthening Professional Identity: Challenges of the Addictions Treatment Workforce. These issues are made more urgent with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (HP AEA) which move toward more integrated primary and behavioral health care and necessitate adequately trained healthcare professionals. The ACA and HP AEA will provide access to healthcare for those with behavioral health conditions and will require additional training for primary care providers as well as new specialty practitioners as part of the multi-disciplinary teams. In addition to the identified need for more counselors and a better-trained workforce in substance abuse treatment there is a need for addictions informed professionals working in public health, public policy, education, and medicine, among many others. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) revised their national strategies to promote evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) view alcohol and other drug use as a major public health problem increasing risks for injuries, violence, and diseases. Within the National Institutes of Health there are multiple divisions dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse including, but not limited to, the National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).  For providers in New York State go to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers in New York State.
For up to date meeting times visit the Registrar’s website. For questions or concerns please contact your Academic Adviser.

Course Meeting Times
  Information Subject to Change 
Course Credit Hours Offered Fall Offered Spring Offered Summer
PHP 318 Dynamics of Addiction 3 credits M/W 5:15-6:35 M/W 5:15-6:35 Online
PHP 321 Prevention in Addiction Services 4credits T/TH 3:30-4:50
PHP 436 Ethics in Addictions Services 3 credits M/W 2:15-3:35
PHP 405 Cognitive Behavioral Stress Reduction 3 credits T 5:00-7:45
PHP 406 Clinical Assessment Evaluation 3 credits T/TH 5:00-6:20
PHP 407 Motivational Interviewing 3 credits M/W 2:15-3:35
PHP 408 Addictions Cultural Context – OR 3 credits T/TH 3:30-4:50
PHP 412 Global Perspectives in Alcohol and Other Drug Policies Study Abroad: every other May (even years)
PHP 409 The Impact of Addictions on Families 3 credits M/W 3:34-5:05
PHP 436 Ethics in Addictions Services 3 credits M/W 2:15-3:35
Information for the Certified Prevention Professional/Certified Prevention Specialist (CPP/CPS) certification and application process through the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) is managed by NYS OASAS. Upon successful completion of the Minor in Addiction Studies students receive an OASAS issued secured certificate documenting they’ve completed the 250 hours for the CPP/CPS through Syracuse University. Please go to the NYS OASAS website and review the information for the respective certifications. You may also call them to discuss the process.

Certified Prevention Professional/ Certified Prevention Specialist (CPP/CPS)

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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.

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