Public Health Master of Public Health (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Program Description

The Master of Public Health program is a two-year program which draws on the unique strengths of Cornell University’s multiple colleges and prepares its graduates for careers as public health leaders. The program equips students to combine knowledge of human, environmental, animal and agricultural health for a One Health approach to addressing public health needs. Students may select from two concentration areas: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Food Systems for Health, both of which draw on the expertise of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Human Ecology, along with instruction from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. This multidisciplinary approach equips graduates with the core competencies necessary to lead public health initiatives at the municipal, state, national, and international levels.

For further information, search the

Contact Information

Phone: 607.253.3838

Concentrations by Subject

  • food systems for health
  • infectious disease epidemiology


2020-2021: $38,354

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Master of Public Health (Ithaca)

Application Deadlines: We accept applications on a rolling basis beginning in December. Our final deadline for Fall Enrollment is June 1. You will apply to the MPH program via Cornell’s Graduate School application portal



Requirements Summary:

Applicants will be required to submit the following:

GRE or MCAT or GMAT Score

GRE writing assessment and TOEFL scores, where applicable

3 Letters of Recommendation

1 Statement of Interest

1 Statement of Intent

CV and Work Experience


Learning Outcomes

Master of Public Health Program learning outcomes are building blocks to develop student foundational knowledge and competence in the following ten domains defined by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students demonstrate competence in these areas through coursework and applied, real world training, so that students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to excel in the public health workforce:

Foundational Knowledge

  1. Knowledge of the science and practice of public health consists of history and values, core functions, causes and trends of health outcomes, science of prevention, and importance of evidence.
  2. Knowledge of factors related to human health consists of environmental, biological and genetic, behavioral and psychological, socioeconomic and political, globalization, and One Health.

Foundational Competence

  1. Evidence-based approaches to public health consists of applying, selecting, analyzing and interpreting epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative methods, and data.
  2. Public health and health care systems consists of comparing and discussing structures and functions of different health systems, and structural bias and inequities in systems.
  3. Planning and management to promote health consists of assessing, applying and designing population needs assessments, interventions, cultural competence, budget and resource management, and program evaluation.
  4. Policy in public health consists of discussing policy-making processes, ethics and evidence, proposing strategies for coalition building, and advocating for and evaluating policies.
  5. Leadership consists of creating visions, empowering others, fostering collaboration, guiding decision-making, negotiation and mediation.
  6. Communication consists of selecting and applying communication strategies for different audiences, written and oral presentations, and cultural competence.
  7. Interprofessional practice consists of collaborative teamwork across professions and disciplines.
  8. Systems thinking consists of applying different systems thinking tools to public health issues.

Concentration Competence
In addition, students develop competence in a specific concentration area:

  • Food Systems and Health concentration students learn to analyze and depict food systems from production to consumption, apply interdisciplinary approaches to contextualize food systems and health, research and evaluate food system interventions, investigate and communicate food safety risks, and analyze public health nutritional problems and policies.

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology concentration students learn to understand and explain infectious disease events, assess epidemiological and statistical methodologies, interpret how environmental and socioeconomic systems affect infectious disease, compare prevention and control strategies, and critique diagnostic and detection systems.