Question: Are graduate school entrance exams (GRE, MCAT) required as part of the MPH program application?
Answer: GRE/MCAT or other graduate school entrance exam taken within the past 5 years is required unless the applicant has earned a master's or doctoral degree from a U.S. accredited school. Graduates of foreign medical schools who have done clinical training in the U.S. can submit exam scores from the qualifying exams (e.g., ECFMG or USMLE) in lieu of the GRE/MCAT.
Question: I am an MD/PhD student in Einstein's MSTP. Can I enroll in the Master of Public Health Program?
Answer: No, Einstein College rules preclude a student in one program, i.e., the MSTP, being simultaneously registered in another program at YU. The current rules limit these students to taking a maximum of one course in the Center for Public Health.
Question: How can Einstein medical students complete the MPH program in 13 months?
Answer: Most Einstein medical students will enroll in the MPH program between their 3rd and 4th years of medical school. MPH classes begin in late June, 3-4 weeks after the end of the 3rd medical school year and students complete the program in mid-August of the following year. While the 4th year of medical school begins on June 1, students can "make up" the two months of June and July in several ways.
- Students can pursue their medical school elective in June after the end of the third year before starting the MPH program, reducing their remaining medical school requirements from 11 months to 10 months.
- The MPH capstone project, which students will be completing in the final June and July of the MPH program, can be used to fulfill the school's 4th year requirement of independent study and research time.
Students are advised to consult with the medical school deans to make sure that 4th year subinternships and other requirements are not scheduled for June-- mid-August.
Question: What are main differences and similarities between the two research-oriented master’s degree programs at Einstein: the MPH program, and the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)?
Answer: Both programs aim to provide research training for health professionals. The major distinction is that the CRTP focuses on training professionals interested in investigator-initiated scholarly research, while the MPH focuses on community-based, collaborative research for professionals who want to develop research skills to use in applied settings. The CRTP leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Research Methods (a 30 credit course of study), including an emphasis on data analysis and study design skills and an independent Master’s thesis. The MPH is a 42 credit course of study, and includes a "practicum" field placement in a community setting and a collaborative community-based Capstone Project. While there are some similarities in curricula (e.g., both have biostatistics and epidemiology classes), classes are taught independently and reflect the differences in emphasis. There are some elective courses that will include students from both programs.
Question: I am currently a student at Einstein. Do I still need to have my transcripts sent to the MPH program?
Answer: Yes, you need to arrange for all your transcripts to be sent directly to the MPH program. All applicants, even those currently or previously attending a Yeshiva University school, must request each educational institution attended (including Einstein) to send an official copy of the transcript to the MPH program.
Question: Is the MPH program accredited?
Answer: Our MPH program is registered and approved by the New York State Education Department, under the auspices of Yeshiva University, a fully accredited university. There is an additional accreditation process that cannot formally begin until our first student graduates (expected in June 2012). This process is conducted under the auspices of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), where we are currently listed as an “applicant institution.” Under the policies and procedures of CEPH, the earliest we could anticipate receiving accreditation is Spring 2014. Students with further questions about accreditation are encouraged to visit the CEPH website or contact our program director.
Question: What is the typical schedule for full time and part time students?
Answer: All classes will be offered early morning and/or late afternoon. All entering students must begin the program in the summer and all courses must be taken in sequence. All students should plan to take courses in the summer, fall, and spring.
Full time students:
- You can complete the program in 13 months over 4 semesters, starting and ending with a summer semester.
- You should plan to take 3 courses each summer and 4-5 courses in the fall and spring semesters.
- You must complete a 240 hour practicum over the fall and spring semesters.
- You must produce a capstone project to be completed in the second summer.
- You cannot work full time and attend the program full time.
Part time students:
- You can complete the program in 2 to 2.5 years, including summers. All part time students must start with the summer semester and typically will end with a fall semester.
- The part-time program can be completed in 2 years if students take a more intensive courseload. It may take some students longer than 2.5 years, but you should be aware that each required course is offered only once a year.
- You should plan to take 3 courses in the first summer, 2-3 courses in the fall and spring semesters, and 1-2 courses in the remaining summers.
- You must complete a 240 hour practicum over 3 semesters. Every effort will be made to place you with a project that can accommodate your work schedule but be prepared to adjust your work schedule if needed.
- You must produce a capstone project to be completed in the final fall semester.