The History of Public Health at NYU

In the five short years since the NYU Board of Trustees established the School of Global Public Health, we’ve expanded our programs, successfully earned accreditation, and graduated over 2000 public health professionals. With innovation in public health urgently needed around the world, the creation of our school could not have been more timely. Thanks to each one of you for your contributions to our school; our collective efforts are needed now more than ever.

The story of the study of public health at New York University began over 90 years ago when, in 1931, health courses were first offered in the School of Education. Course by course, degree by degree, the public health program gathered multi-disciplinary strength as it evolved across colleges from one end of our campus to the other.


Debra Furr-Holden is appointed Dean. 


NYU GPH celebrates its fifth anniversary and moves to its new home at 708 Broadway.


The NYU GPH is granted full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health through 2024 and changes its name to the School of Global Public Health.


GPH graduates its first PhD in public health.


The Council on Education for Public Health accepts GPH’s application to become a fully accredited college of public health.


NYU’s Board of Trustees formally approves the creation of the College of Global Public Health (NYU GPH).


Steinhardt’s PhD in public health transfers to GIPH.


New York State approves GIPH departments including Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Environmental Public Health Sciences; Public Health Policy & Management; and Social & Behavioral Sciences. The Center for Bioethics transfers from Arts & Science to GIPH.


Steinhardt graduates its first PhD in public health. The founding dean at GIPH is appointed. The School of Medicine establishes the Department of Population Health.


The University-wide MPH and Steinhardt’s MPH consolidate into the Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH). New York State approves the undergraduate combined majors.


A bachelor of science in public health is established at The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; in 2009 it admits its first class.


A University-wide master of public health (MPH) degree program is founded.


SEHNAP offers a Master of Public Health with a focus on international community health, expanding later to public health nutrition and food studies.


The School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions (SEHNAP) creates the Department of Health Studies, which includes public health, disability studies and human sexuality. Courses on solving community health problems, environmental health and world health crises are offered.


College of Public Administration offers a concentration in Health Policy, Planning & Administration, and receives a Public Health Service training grant. Council on Education for Public Health accredits NYU’s Public Health program.


Arts & Science’s Urban Studies program collaborates with 13 schools to address health policy.


Formal Department of Physical Education and Health courses include public health nursing.


NYU School of Education lists courses on hygiene and teaching health.