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Mission & Competencies


Mission of the Global Public Health Program:

The undergraduate Global Public Health program at NYU is grounded in the academic disciplines and professional programs of study across its undergraduate schools. Anchored in different disciplines, students from across the university gain fluency in the key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world. Public health courses explore the global nature of the field, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Students enrolled in the combined public health majors join a community of learners at NYU in the College of Arts and Science, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, the School of Social Work, the College of Nursing, and the Wagner School of Public Policy.  Six core global public health courses, two electives by advisement, and a semester of study at another NYU are required by each of global public health program of study. Global public health majors may go on to careers across a variety of professions, including academia, law, medicine, nursing, public health, public policy, social work and other fields of health practice.

In their global public health courses, students gain foundational knowledge and skills in essential areas of public health. Students explore a variety of disciplinary and theoretical frameworks to understand how biological, environmental, political, social, and economic factors interact to influence the health of populations across the globe. They gain an understanding of the application of basic epidemiologic and research methods are used to assess and monitor the distribution and determinants of health across communities. They study how health services and public health interventions have addressed salient health issues and needs over time and in these different contexts. Through classes, lectures, student activities, and participation in collaborative activities and research with major public health organizations, global public health majors are exposed to the breadth of the field.

Global Public Health Competencies:

After successfully completing the six required global public health courses Health and Society in a Global Context, Biostatistics for a Global World, Environmental Health for a Global World, Epidemiology for Global Health, Health Policy in the Global World, and Experiential Learning in Global Public Health, students will be able to:

  1. recognize the key historical milestones in the development and evolution of the field of public health with examples from both the US and international contexts.
  2. describe and assess the biological, social, environmental and structural determinants of health by applying interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies.
  3. know and understand key data analytic techniques and epidemiologic concepts for measuring disease occurrence and frequency and how the information obtained from these measures is used to assess the health of populations.
  4. read and understand the public health literature across time, forms, and cultures.
  5. compare measures and outcomes of health systems and policy in high, middle and low income countries.
  6. apply concepts of public health promotion and prevention to engage in collaborative and culturally relevant public health activities that, in turn, promote social justice.
  7. connect disciplinary training to public health concepts in the classroom and in the field.
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