Dean’s Welcome

Dr. Cheryl Healton is Dean and Professor of the School of Global Public Health and the Director of the Global Institute of Public Health at NYU. Responsible for building the School's academic, service and research programs, Dr. Healton works to shape GPH's focus on domestic and international health issues with an emphasis on prevention, systems intervention and innovation in public health practice.

On behalf of the over 140 faculty members who comprise the School of Global Public Health (GPH) 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, GPH 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 school 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 GPH 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 GPH 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 GPH 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.


Cheryl Healton Signature

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


About the Dean

Dr. Cheryl Healton is Dean and Professor of the NYU School of Global Public Health (GPH), and Director of the Global Institute of Public Health. In her capacity as Dean, she is responsible for building the GPH's academic, service and research programs in collaboration with partners at NYU and throughout the public health community. GPH focuses on domestic and international health issues with an emphasis on prevention, systems intervention and innovation in public health practice.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Healton joined the staff of Legacy, the foundation created by the Master Settlement Agreement between the States Attorneys General and the tobacco industry as the first President and chief executive officer. Dr. Healton holds a doctorate from Columbia University's School of Public Health (with distinction) and a master's degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner in Health Policy and Planning.

Dr. Healton's career in the field of public health has earned her national recognition and praise. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, she has been honored with the Secretary of HHS award for Innovation in Public Health for her work to reduce prenatal transmission of HIV through rapid dissemination of culturally tailored education to increase use of medical therapy in pregnancy and the Public Health Award from NYC Department of health for her work in advancing public health practice. She has also received the American Lung Association's Life and Breath Award, was named the Donald A. Berreth Lecturer by the National Public Health Information Coalition and received the public communications award from the Public Health Association of New York City. She is the recipient of the Troy R. Westmeyer Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award from New York University's Wagner School.

She is also an active member of the broader public health community, serving on several boards including currently the National Board of Public Health Examiners (treasurer), the Betty Ford Institute, Lung Cancer Alliance, and Phoenix House. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and the Board of Directors at HealthRight International.

Dr. Healton is a thought-provoking public speaker and has given presentations around the world. Considered bold, inspirational and humorous, she is a frequent commentator on national and local broadcasts and print news coverage of tobacco control issues, appearing on ABC's Good Morning America; CNN's Larry King Live; NBC's Today, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Public Radio and more.