The History of Public Health at NYU

The story of the study of public health at New York University began over 85 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.



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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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’s PhD in public health transfers to GIPH.


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


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


GPH graduates its first PhD in public health.


The NYU GPH is granted full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health through 2024.