Graduates from Brooklyn College’s Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, as well as students from Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health & Technology, will receive priority admission consideration into the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health.

The agreements between SUNY Downstate and these two CUNY colleges were reached late last year, with qualified students eligible to be considered for admission to the Summer 2020 term. This collaboration follows a similar agreement announced last November with SUNY Old Westbury that gives the same priority admission consideration to students in Old Westbury’s Bachelor of Science program in Health and Society. Two Old Westbury graduates are already enrolled in the SUNY Downstate MPH program for the current term as a result of this agreement.

“This new collaboration between the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences (HNSC) at Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate School of Public Health provides our students with an excellent pathway to pursue their Master of Public Health degree so they can become change agents in their communities,” said Michele G. Greene, DrPH, and Brooklyn College Professor/Deputy Chair for Undergraduate Health. “A number of our former students are already enrolled in the program, and they find that their undergraduate preparation from HNSC aligns well with the new knowledge they are acquiring at the graduate level.”

The mission of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease and disability within communities, but especially underserved urban and immigrant populations.

“These agreements allow us to attract the best and brightest students to our MPH program who are passionate about improving the health of underserved communities,” said Kitaw Demissie, M.D., M.P.H, Dean of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate. “We are pleased and privileged to provide a pathway for the students at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn College to pursue their life’s passion.”