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Educational Programs

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Our graduate programs are designed to actively prepare graduates for careers in public health, health services research, epidemiology, and clinical research. These programs take advantage of a unique setting within a leading School of Medicine and afford the opportunity for intensive, advanced training including theoretical and practice-based learning. Our programs draw students from a wide mix of disciplines and backgrounds. Students accumulate real-world skills, including critical thinking, community engagement, communication, problem-solving, and data management and analysis. The programs combine active training in modern research methods with innovative educational approaches designed for today’s adult learner. Each program seeks to train practitioners and scientists who are prepared to excel and lead in the ever-changing public health and clinical research environment.

The University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences will provide a 40% tuition scholarship to full-time Master’s students who register for and complete 9 or more credit hours per semester. University of Rochester employees are ineligible for tuition scholarship.

Since Fall 2020, the MPH Online program has been delivered completely online. Students who wish to take advantage of our on-campus (i.e. in-person) elective course options and an additional option for their Integrated Learning Experience (i.e. capstone) paper that includes on-campus (i.e. in-person) requirements should consider applying to our MPH online/on-campus hybrid program.

The application deadline for our PhD programs is December 15 for fall admission. For our Master’s and advanced certificate programs, the application deadline is November 1 for spring admission, and May 1 for fall admission. Note: Individuals applying for spring admission will NOT be able to complete the program as a full-time student except in certain circumstances. Therefore, unless you are already an undergraduate student or employee at the University of Rochester and have already take some PM courses you should not apply to the spring admission cycle, and you should apply for fall admission instead. Please inquire with the program ( for more details. Please see the School of Medicine and Dentistry's graduate education website for equal opportunity statements for PhD, Master's, and Advanced Certificate programs.

What Our Students Are Saying

"Being right next to the medical center is a huge asset, I think, to the program. You get to connect with real-life projects and people that are working in public health."

"There’s a lot of time to spend with professors, with your fellow students who are going through the same experience you are, but it’s very intimate. You get to know each other personally and academically."


Graduate Handbook


Master's Programs Fact Sheet - Download Now

Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisors and Graduate Students

URMC Guidelines to Assure a Professional and Respectful Learning Environment

Please feel free to contact individual instructors for any course-specific questions you may have or contact our Graduate Programs Administrator at: