Mission of the Undergraduate Global Public Health Program

The undergraduate Global Public Health (GPH) Program exposes students to the global nature of the field, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Grounded in the academic disciplines and professional programs of several undergraduate schools across NYU, GPH students gain fluency in the key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world.

By enrolling in one of the 13 Global Public Health majors, students will become a member of the GPH family and be able to draw upon instructors, advisors, and courses from across NYU’s elite network of schools and departments. This unique structure responds to the ever-increasing demand for interdisciplinary public health practitioners both in the US and abroad.

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Experiential Learning

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Public Health Minor

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Why Global Health?  The NYU GPH Advantage

Students who are part of the School of Global Public Health participate in a broader public health community at NYU, studying and working alongside other undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, practitioners, and alumni engaged in public health activities. Global Public Health students receive:

  • An interdisciplinary education with coursework across the University and around the world at NYU’s global sites

  • Access to world-renowned faculty across NYU schools

  • Opportunities to network with practitioners, leaders, scholars and alumni in government, not-for-profit, and private institutions around the globe

  • Extensive opportunities for applied fieldwork in the US and in countries around the world, including a required semester abroad at one of NYU’s many global sites

  • Multidisciplinary advising on course selection, major selection, fieldwork, professional development and career planning

  • Access to resources across the University and College, including events and conferences, student research opportunities, student organizations and governance, and career services


We asked Joy Madubuonwu, BA 2016, Global Public Health and Anthropology: What drives you to work in Public Health in New York City?

Global Public Health Competencies

After successfully completing the six required global public health courses Global Public Health, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize key historical milestones in the development and evolution of the field of public health with examples from both the US and international contexts.
  2. Describe and assess the biological, social, environmental and structural determinants of health by applying interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies.
  3. Understand key data analytic techniques and epidemiologic concepts for measuring disease occurrence and frequency and how the information obtained from these measures is used to assess the health of populations.
  4. Know the public health literature across time, forms, and cultures.
  5. Compare measures and outcomes of health systems and policy in high, middle and low income countries.
  6. Apply concepts of public health promotion and prevention to engage in collaborative and culturally relevant public health activities that, in turn, promote social justice.
  7. Connect public health concepts to disciplinary training in the field.

Key People

Undergraduate Program

Joyce Moon Howard, DrPH, MPH
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health Science and Practice

Julie Avina, EdD, MA
Senior Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs

Karyn Faber, EdD, MPH
Director of Undergraduate Experiential Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Angelica Tirro, MA
Assistant Director, Student and Alumni Affairs

Brittany Edghill 
Program Administrator, Undergraduate Programs

Alicia Ocasio
Program Administrator, Student and Alumni Affairs


Are you ready to reinvent the global public health paradigm and start changing the way the world lives, heals, and hopes? Apply for an undergraduate global public health major now!