Past Features

July 11, 2005 (Vol. 1, No. 10)

Lehman Brings the Bronx a Master's of Public Health Program

Lehman Music Building
Starting in Spring 2006, Lehman will offer a Master's of Public Health program–the only program of its kind in the Bronx. The program will be offered through the Department of Health Sciences.

The College hopes to increase the number of health professionals from under-represented minorities and also contribute to the improvement of public health, especially in the Bronx and Westchester. High rates of obesity, diabetes, asthma, tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, cancer and teen pregnancy persist in the region, particularly in the Bronx, which is the city's poorest borough in terms of income. "The need for public health practice," notes Professor Jane Levitt, director of the program, "is most urgent in communities where poor socioeconomic conditions exacerbate health problems."

The curriculum consists of 46 graduate credits, including core courses, an area of specialization, one elective graduate course, a supervised internship and a capstone seminar. The elective may be replaced by a master's thesis.

Designed to meet the standards for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health, the program will focus on health disparities, cultural diversity and community collaboration in the teaching, research and practice of public health. Students will be able to specialize in epidemiology (study of the causes and transmission of disease) or policy/management.

For more information, contact Professor Levitt at 718-960-8671 or by email at