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Hunter Public Health Admissions Essay

Admission Requirements

1. General admissions requirements to the graduate programs in the arts and sciences are observed.

2. The Graduate Record Examination General Test (quantitative, verbal, written) or a prior master’s degree from an accredited U.S. university

3. Students are expected to present a background in both natural sciences and social sciences

Applicants to the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Program should have a background in science and mathematics, usually at least 18 undergraduate credits, including a course in statistics or calculus.

Applicants to the Nutrition Program should have a background in science and mathematics, usually at least 18 undergraduate credits, including a course in statistics or calculus and are required to have completed coursework in food, nutrition, biology and chemistry.

Applicants to the Epidemiology-Biostatistics Program should demonstrate evidence of quantitative abilities, such as GRE quantitative score of 550 or better.

Applications to the Public Health Policy and Management Program should have completed at least 3 undergraduate courses in economics, accounting, business administration, management, public policy, urban affairs, sociology, or political science or a related field.

4. At least one year of work or volunteer experience related to public health, nutrition, environmental or occupational health, social services or community health, health-related research, or health policy, management, administration or a related field is required.

5. For graduates of universities in non-English-speaking nations, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-administered), or 75 (internet-based, less the speaking component.) is required for admission.

Academic Requirements

45 credits chosen as follows: All courses in Group A (15 credits) Public Health Core courses (see below under Course Distribution); Group B (15-18cr) Specialization courses within one of five areas: community health education, environmental and occupational health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, public health policy and management or public health nutrition; Group C (0-9 credits) Elective courses; and Group D (6-12 credits) Supervised Fieldwork and Culminating Experience.

The culminating experience consists of a professional portfolio and either: a seminar, and paper and oral presentation based on an aspect of the student’s fieldwork; or, for student’s with GPA’s ≥3.7 and strong research and writing skills, a master’s essay. The capstone project allows students to synthesize academic knowledge with practical skills and experiences. It is designed to assess student skills and competencies in public health, urban health and the specialty area. A list of these competencies is available through the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. 

Course Distribution

Group A - Public Health Core Required: 15 cr

Group B Specialization Courses Required:

 15-18 cr in one specialization area

Group C - Elective/Concentration Courses required, 0-9 credits

COMHE 9 credits

EOHS 9 credits

EPI/BIOS 9 credits of which at least 6 must be from EPI75300-75900 for students who choose EPI option or BIOS 75200-75800 for students who choose BIOS option. EPI-BIOS students may also take electives in mapping public health data and clinical trials or other topical electives offered..

HPM 9 credits of which at least 3 credits must be in finance or economics and 3 must be in program or policy evaluation

NUTR 6 credits (for NUTR non-Dietectic Internship (DI) students) and 0 credits for NUTR – DI students

Group D - Supervised Field Work and Capstone Project

Supervised Fieldwork required, 3 credits

PH 73700

  (210 hrs) or

NUTR 70100


NUTR 70300


NUTR 70200

  for NUTR-DI Students

Capstone Seminar required, 3 credits

PH 73800


Note: To be eligible for the American Dietetic Association’s Dietetic Internship Certificate, a requirement for taking the examination to become a registered dietitian, students in the public-health nutrition specialization must complete

NUTR 70000


NUTR 70100


NUTR 70200


NUTR 70300


General Requirements

For admission to any program in the School of Education, applicants must submit:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate degree, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher in a graduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Personal statement (some programs require a supplemental essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores (for all graduate teacher education and school building leader programs, and the EdD in Instructional Leadership)
  • TOEFL Scores (for applicants who earned a Bachelor’s degree or took more than 90 credits of undergraduate courses outside the US)
  • Application fee of $125 

Program Specific Requirements

Each School of Education program has specific course or certification requirements. Applicants should carefully review the requirements on the program page before applying. Questions about program selection or program requirements can be emailed to edadmiss@hunter.cuny.edu or can be answered in person by an Admission Advisor during walk-in hours.

Admission with Conditions

Students who do not meet all program-specific application requirements, but who are otherwise strong candidates, may be admitted with conditions. These students must fulfill any missing requirements by the end of their third semester. Students missing more than 12 credits of required coursework cannot be admitted until they have completed further undergraduate course work. For more information about how to fulfill Admission Conditions, click here.


Students who are accepted to a graduate program on a non-matriculated basis must submit a new application for matriculation after completing at least 6 credits. 

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