Dean’s Welcome

"I am confident we will continue to make significant strides toward a healthier world" Melody S. Goodman, PhD Interim Dean Professor of Biostatistics

Welcome to the New York University School of Global Public Health. Our school, a pioneer in shaping the future for the next generation of practitioners, researchers, and community leaders, is dedicated to fostering a just and healthy world. As we embark on this journey together, I am particularly thrilled to lead our efforts under the new 2024 - 2029 Strategic Plan, a roadmap that will guide us towards our shared vision.

Our vision is bold yet simple: we envision a world where health and well-being are viewed as a universal human right, not constrained by geography, economics, social status, or political context. This vision informs our mission to prepare public health professionals who are ready to tackle global challenges through innovative research, transformative education, and meaningful partnerships.

Our guiding principles reflect our ethos: We think big, seeing challenges as opportunities to push intellectual boundaries and innovate. We go far, working globally to boost public health capacity and sustainability. We learn together, valuing all experiences as we nurture a culture of shared knowledge and mutual respect. We inspire change, challenging the status quo and advocating for an inclusive society where every voice matters.

These principles are underpinned by values we hold dear—prioritizing equity, diversity, discovery, and collaboration. These values are not just words; they guide our everyday actions and define our approach to education, research, practice, and organizational effectiveness. They are the compass that steers us towards our shared vision of a healthier world.

Looking forward, my focus will be on operationalizing these ideals into achievable goals and strategies throughout our school. Whether through our research, which strives to make a tangible impact on health equity, or through our global partnerships, which aim to transform public health landscapes, or through our focus on educating and preparing the new generation of leaders, we are committed to excellence.

Our journey is a testament to the vitality and dedication of our faculty, students, staff, and partners. We have achieved groundbreaking research, innovative cross-departmental initiatives, and significant global engagements. These successes, which highlight the credibility and commitment to excellence of the School of Global Public Health, are the stepping stones to our future endeavors.

I am truly privileged to lead such a dynamic community. As we write the next chapter of the School of Global Public Health, I am confident we will continue to make significant strides toward a healthier world.

Melody S. Goodman, PhD
Interim Dean, NYU School of Global Public Health


About the Interim Dean

Dr. Melody S. Goodman is a biostatistician and research methodologist. Her research interest is identifying the origins of health inequities and developing, as necessary, evidence-informed primary prevention strategies to reduce these health inequities. Dr. Goodman’s research efforts seek to develop a more rigorous understanding of the social risk factors contributing to urban health inequities to develop culturally competent, region-specific solutions through collaborative activities with community members, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and other community health stakeholders. Her work aims to develop solutions for improving health in minoritized and medically underserved communities. 

Dr. Goodman led the team that developed and comprehensively evaluated the Research Engagement Survey Tool, a quantitative survey measure to assess the level of community engagement in research studies from the community partner perspective. She is the Founding Director of the Center for Antiracism, Social Justice, & Public Health. With numerous funders supporting her work (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Susan G. Komen), she has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books (2018 Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group): 1) Public Health Research Methods for Partnerships and Practice and 2) Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the inaugural recipient of the Societal Impact Award from the Caucus for Women in Statistics (2021).

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