Mailman School of Public Health MPH Program

Mailman School of Public Health MPH Program

The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health allows highly-qualified students to study for and receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree during the year following graduation from GS by pursuing the General Public Health track within the Mailman Accelerated MPH program

Program Overview

The General Public Health track offers students broader participation in the field of public health as well as formal training in the methods and substantive areas of public health; moreover, it provides a superb foundation for medical education. The General Public Health track also includes a practicum experience, which provides students with opportunities to apply their academic training within a work setting.


The structure of the one-year degree program includes five components, carefully timed and integrated, so that learning in one part of the program informs activities and assignments in another. 

Students begin the program by immersing themselves in the Mailman Core Curriculum, which offers grounding in the history and methods of public health, as well as foundational studies of biological and environmental determinants of health; social, behavioral, and structural determinants of health; methods for public health research and programming; and health systems. 

Rather than focus on a single discipline within public health, students in the General Public Health track draw their coursework from departments and certificate programs throughout the Mailman School.

In addition, each student is expected to develop and demonstrate improved skills in a technical area, such as research design, program evaluation, health education, health program planning, or administration, as well as select from the School’s curriculum, in consultation with their academic advisor, those courses that help meet this objective.


Each student’s program is planned individually in consultation with a Mailman advisor.   



Students are eligible to apply for this program if they:

  • have completed the Core curriculum, declared a major, and maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • have received a grade of B+ or better in University Writing
  • have taken a mathematics or statistics course at Columbia
  • have a minimum of one year (two preferred) of work experience in a health-related field.

Application Requirements

The following materials must be submitted as part of the required application:

Application and Program Timetable

Date Activity
November, Junior Year Attend Accelerated M.P.H. Program information session
January 15 Application Deadline, Accelerated M.P.H. Program
Fall/Spring, Senior Year Cross-register for one elective course at Mailman; this course will count toward the undergraduate degree
May, Senior Year Graduation from GS with B.A. degree
August, following Senior Year Matriculate into M.P.H. Program, begin medical school interviews
October, following year-long M.P.H. Program Graduate with M.P.H. degree


For more information on the Accelerated MPH Program, students should contact their respective academic advisor.