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Dean's Welcome

Cheryl Healton, DPH


Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH

On behalf of the over 140 faculty members who comprise the College of Global Public Health (CGPH) here at New York University (NYU), I’m thrilled you’re interested in our academic programs.

Cultivating and Inspiring Bold Aspirations

While NYU has granted degrees in public health for over 40 years, CGPH is young with big aspirations. Our mission is to promote health and to advance health equity by cultivating and inspiring public health scholars, practitioners and leaders to engage in action-oriented initiatives that span disciplinary and geographic boundaries. 

It has been said that New York City is “where the future comes to audition.” Unbound by tradition, and much like the innovative and enterprising city in which our home campus resides, our college seeks to reinvent the public health paradigm by applying entrepreneurial approaches to public health crises. We do this via a unique interdisciplinary model that spans across eight schools within NYU and a globally-networked university with academic centers and portal campuses on six continents.

And what exactly do we mean when we say global? 

Like any nation, the United States is no stranger to hunger, poverty, preventable disease and violence. To us, global can be here at home or anywhere in the world where our students and graduates work to improve programs, change social norms, conduct game-changing research and improve health.

Work Closely With Leaders in the Global Community

As a student here, perhaps you’ll choose to work closely with our world-renowned faculty by participating in one of our many faculty-led student labs. You might take one of our many study abroad courses focusing on local health challenges in cities such as Accra, Havana, London or Tel Aviv. You may find yourself participating in—or even leading—a student-run group working to bring public health knowledge to local communities. And by taking advantage of our vast professional network, you can pursue an internship, fellowship, employment or volunteer opportunity at some of the world’s most influential organizations and agencies.

Shape Your Own Public Health Experience

However you choose to shape your CGPH experience, with a vast array of skill-building activities, career guidance, experiential training and leadership opportunities at your disposal, you can be sure that your time at CGPH will be transformational. Our goal is not simply to arm you with a diploma, but to equip you with the tools to forge a successful and rewarding career in public health.

As you consider the options that best meet your goals in the academic institution you’ll attend, I hope you decide to become one of the next generation of public health pioneers who will call CGPH home. When you do, you’ll come to understand that public health is more than a field of study, it is a calling to improve and save lives.


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Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH
Dean and Professor, College of Global Public Health
Director, Global Institute of Public Health


Dr. Cheryl Healton is Dean and Professor of the College of Global Public Health and the Director of the Global Institute of Public Health at NYU. In this capacity she is responsible for building the College’s academic, service and research programs in collaboration with partners at NYU and throughout the public health community. Dr. Healton works to shape the College's focus on domestic and international health issues with an emphasis on prevention, systems intervention and innovation in public health practice. Click here to read more about Dr. Cheryl Healton.

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