Passing the Torch 2015-2018
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.
Today the College of Global Public Health (GPH) is the culmination of eight decades of passion for this field. The heart of our college beats with the dedication and diversity derived from faculty spanning ten NYU colleges who together contribute in immeasurable ways to the scholarly pursuit of how to extend and save lives. Every college of public health has its own personality and mission. Ours is devoted to nothing less than reinventing the public health paradigm. Like the city that our campus calls home, where some have said “the future comes to audition,” NYU GPH dares to approach the field differently, providing our students with public health passports to a globally-networked university with academic centers and portal campuses on six continents.
This report chronicles the story of how our young college was molded and details our accomplishments since our inception in 2015, a period in which we saw our graduate enrollment increase by 89%. Many of NYU’s colleges have passed this public health torch on to us and contributed to the establishment of our bold new institution.