We are all in this together!
As we begin our “new normal” of working remotely, the NYU School of Global Public Health continues to monitor and respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) outbreak.
The Office of Student Affairs created this page to provide GPH students with resources and guidance for studying and working from home.
First and foremost, stay healthy and safe.
GPH Student Affairs Team
Please know the GPH Student Affairs Team cares deeply about you and is working around the clock with various GPH and University offices to resolve any questions that may arise amidst constantly changing conditions.
We will assist you during this time. Just know we will get through this together - one day at a time.
The GPH Student Affairs team will continue to respond to your emails, to have advising meetings (remotely) and to assist however we may during our usual business hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).
Please stay healthy, stay safe and take always good care of yourselves and the people you love.
➪ Student Affairs Open Space | Virtual Coffee HoursDo you have a general question, concern, idea or you would like to chat and share a smile?
- Mondays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM with Dr. Julie Avina
- Tuesdays from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with Angelica Tirro
- Wednesdays from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with Andrea Muraca
- Thursdays from 11 AM to 12 PM with Kristen Bush
- Fridays from 8 AM to 9 AM with Dr. Julie Avina
- The links to the Zoom meetings are listed in the Public Health Post | Friday, April 17, 2020 and in the email Student Affairs Open Space: Virtual Coffee Hours | Monday, April 20, 2020 for privacy & security reasons.
- This is an open space meeting that any student can join and have a chat with us. For your standard advising appointment, please schedule a meeting with us individually.
NYU Coronavirus Information and Resources
Check this page for official updates from NYU regarding the current status of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the university community.
- Campus Activities and Spaces | View the most up-to-date information here.
- Health Information | View the most up-to-date information here.
➪ Supporting Each Other Through COVID-19
Coronavirus is not specific to any ethnicity or race, and NYU is committed to ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. We’re proud to report that the vast majority of our population has met this challenge with patience and understanding. If any member of our community believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Bias Response Line by email at email@example.com or phone (212) 998-2277.
NYU COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant
The NYU Community—our alumni, friends, classmates and parents—have joined together to help support students facing financial strain as a result of the COVID-19 situation.
For this reason, we have established the NYU COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT to help support hardships you might be experiencing such as:
- Unexpected expense of travel home
- Loss of income
- Other expense associated with inaccessibility of university facilities and services
Learn more about how to apply by visiting this website.
For more information visit this page.
➪ Schedule an Online Appointment with an OGS Advisor
If you need to speak with an OGS advisor one-on-one, make sure to schedule an online appointment!
Please note that this service is intended for newly admitted and currently enrolled NYU students in addition to NYU alumni. If you are a prospective student, please review NYU admissions information.
➪ Applications and Document Pick Up
If you have applied for an updated I-20 or DS-2019 from the NYU OGS office, you can continue to pick up your document at the location you indicated in your application until Wednesday, March 18 at 3:00pm. If you instead prefer for your document to be shipped to you or you are unable to pick up your document by Wednesday, please complete the OGS document release form. Please remember, if you are leaving the US, you do NOT need your I-20 in order to leave the country. If at all possible, we are encouraging students to have us ship your document to you so that we can continue to support social distancing during this time.
If we have not yet printed your I-20/DS-2019, or you plan to submit an application to the OGS office soon, they will now be shipping your documents to you if you require a new I-20/DS-2019. OGS will continue to process all student requests during this time, though processing times have increased due to the current situation. Please know OGS is trying to work as quickly as they can.
➪ Travel Signatures Available by Online Requests
If you are traveling and need a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, you can request a travel signature remotely by completing the OGS document release form. Please remember, if you are leaving the US, you do NOT need your I-20 signed in order to leave the country. If at all possible, OGS is encouraging students to have them ship your document to you so that they can continue to support social distancing during this time.
Applied PracticeThe GPH Practice Committee has determined that in light of the global pandemic, May 1st is not a realistic summer deadline for submitting the Practice Learning Contract (PLC).
As a result, this deadline has been moved to July 1st, 2020.
If you will need an extension beyond this date, please reach out to the GPH Applied Practice Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one by June 30, 2020.
We hope this extension allows you to focus on your wellness, your spring coursework and not worry about searching for a practice experience at this time. We will work with you to be flexible in meeting deadlines as well as assist in providing resources and opportunities for internships.
☛ NOTE | If you are not able to finish the hours before classes start in September, you will be allowed to finish these hours during the Fall semester.
Students in Biostatistics (MS & MPH), Epidemiology and Social & Behavioral Sciences concentration
- If you are taking Thesis I in the Fall you may concurrently complete practicum hours during the semester.
- The access code to register for GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I (2) has been removed.
MPH Students in Community Health Science & Practice, Environmental Public Health Sciences, Global Health, Public Health Management & Policy and Public Health Nutrition concentrations
- You may continue to have the option to complete your practice hours exclusively in the Fall semester, along with your courses.
- The Fall deadline for submitting your PLC is August 1st and will remain unchanged.
- The access code to register for GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2) has been removed.
☛ NOTE | These changes will not have any impact on your program requirements and graduation.
You should also know that GPH staff and faculty are aware of the reduced internship opportunities available to you in the coming months and are working to build a list of internship opportunities specifically for your cohort in the coming weeks.
Student Remote Instruction Guide
➪ Access to Technology
You must have a computer at home with internet access and access to your NYU email account. If you do not have access to a reliable computer or reliable internet, please make your advisor and instructor aware of this right away (See additional info below about Library and Data Services Resources).
➪ Technology Skills
We believe you know how to use email, web browsers, word-processing software, download files, and create attachments. We kindly ask that you be open-minded during this time, willing to solve technology problems and not get easily frustrated with technology glitches. Your instructors will be empathetic of this unique situation, just as we hope you’ll be empathetic with them.
Please contact askIT@nyu.edu (24/7) for technology assistance. You can also peruse the servicelink knowledgebase for troubleshooting guides for all NYU-supported tools (like NYU Classes, NYU Stream, Zoom, Google Drive, etc).
Don’t forget, your peers are your support! Don’t hesitate to ask a friend for help or guidance should you need it.
Be willing to communicate using technology tools like video or text chat and understand that quality learning can and will take place without in-person interaction. If you feel you are not following along or keeping up with the class material, we urge you to be proactive and alert both your instructor and your academic advisor of your situation. While only you are in control of your learning, we understand that remote-instruction will be new to many people, and we recognize this might take some patience and require additional accommodations.
Learn about using NYU’s video conferencing platform, Zoom, by reading this Zoom Guide for Students. NYU Zoom is available to all current NYU community members! Zoom is a free, easy-to-use video and audio conferencing service.
For technical support when using Zoom, we recommend you contact Zoom’s 24/7 technical support (this includes a chat function) for faster resolution. You can also review Zoom’s support resources for answers to anything you might be unsure of.
Be motivated and disciplined with your assignments, and be always comfortable with reaching out and asking for help when you need it. Your instructor might be distracted by the task of providing remote instruction. This means you might need to be proactive with your education and ask for help and guidance when you feel like it is needed.
Please devote to your remote-courses 6-9 hours a week for a 3 credit course, just like an in-person course. Please don’t think that because it is offered remotely, it is less work or the quality is diminished. The work and quality will remain the same, it will just be delivered to you differently.
Be sure to have a growth mindset and see struggles or difficulties as a natural part of getting better at something. When you encounter something you can’t yet do, you should increase your effort and try new strategies. There are many people to support you at NYU (GPH Academic Advisors, GPH Student Affairs, NYU IT, NYU Wellness, etc.) should you decide you need assistance.
- GPH Student Affairs Contact Information
- Contact NYU IT by emailing email@example.com
- Contact NYU Wellness Exchange and chat with a counselor 24/7
Remote-instruction will require increased structure and time management planning. Check your syllabus for course changes, and commit to due dates on your calendar. Designate study times for each class, and stick to them.
It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is to look ahead when engaging in remote-instruction. Check the syllabus and course map for assignments that will be due. Always know when assignments are due, and don’t wait until the last minute to complete them.
Working from home can make you more distracted, and you might start to engage with course work at odd hours (like Sunday nights at 2 AM). Remember that your instructors may not be available outside their normal working hours. They might not be able to address your questions on the weekends. Plan for this, and be proactive with your outreach.
Pass/Fail Course Option & Procedures (Spring 2020)
NYU GPH is allowing students to opt in to a P/F grading basis for this semester. This GPH policy is part of a larger university-wide initiative to relieve some of the pressure that students may be facing as a result of COVID-19 disruptions.
See below for some guidelines that will help you decide what you would like to do:
- Deadline: Students who choose to take courses on a P/F basis will have until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th to decide which class(es) will be taken P/F.
- Procedure for P/F: Students choosing the P/F option simply need to complete this form no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th. You do not need to notify your instructor(s). There is no limit on how many courses, if any, may be taken P/F and this applies to core, concentration, and elective courses. Please note that final grades will not be made available prior to May 12th. Once you decide which courses, if any, you want to take P/F, you may not change your decision. You will only be able to complete the form one time. You do not need to do anything for classes in which you are taking a regular letter grade (A-F). Please note that the form will close promptly at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th.
- Credit and degree requirements: Students will receive credit for any class in which they choose to take P/F, including those taken towards their degree requirements. If you Pass the course, your GPA will remain unchanged. If you take a course P/F and you Fail it, the zero (0) will be factored into your total GPA, you will not receive credit for the course, nor will you be able to count it towards your degree requirements.
- A reminder about our GPA and grade policies: As of Spring 2020, a passing grade for all courses with the exception of APE, ILE, and Thesis I & II, is a C-. Anything below a C- is a failing grade. For APE, ILE, Thesis I & II, a passing grade is a B. Additional information about grade policies may be found on our website.
- P/F for pre-requisites: If a course that is taken P/F is a pre-requisite for another course, students will still be able to move onto that course if they receive a Pass for the pre-requisite. Students who fail a course will need to repeat it, per the GPH policies found on our website (please see Course Grade Minimums, and Course Repeat Policy).
- GPA calculation: Choosing the P/F option will have no impact on a student's cumulative GPA. For example, if you have a 3.4 as of the end of Fall 2019, and you take all of your Spring 2020 classes Pass/Fail, your term GPA will be 0 and your cumulative GPA will remain 3.4. If you take some of your classes P/F and some of them per a regular grading basis (A-F), only the classes that are graded (A-F) will be factored into your term and cumulative GPAs. Students will receive credit for all classes they choose to take P/F as long as they pass the course.
- Graduating students: Master's, doctoral, and certificate students who plan on graduating in May 2020 will still be able to graduate as long as their cumulative GPA at the end of Spring 2020 is 3.0 per the minimum Academic Progress policy found on our website. Graduating students may choose the P/F option in any class.
- Transcripts: For all students, the following note will appear on transcripts for the Spring 2020 semester: “In Spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic required significant changes to University operations, as all classes were transitioned to remote instruction. Unusual enrollment patterns and grades during this period reflect these disruptions, not necessarily the work of individual students.”
- DPD students seeking certification: Students seeking the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) certification may opt for P/F only after consulting with Dr. Joyce O’Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions about the DPD may also be directed to her.
Once again, please keep in mind the deadline of 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th, which is when the request form will close.
☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Once again, please keep in mind the deadline of 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th. Requests for P/F will not be accepted after this date. Exceptions will not be made.
Check this page for travel guidance. You can always email email@example.com if you have questions about specific destinations. Other NYU resources to use include NYU’s travel guidance, and please register all of your travel plans (personal or otherwise) on NYU Traveler. Finally, ensure you have the SAFE NYU app installed on your phone, and that your phone is always charged during your travels.
Health and Wellness
NYU’s Health and Wellness Center (HWC) provides comprehensive services available to you. We want to remind you about the services they provide and how they may apply to COVID-19.
☛ Do not come directly to SHC if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or trouble breathing – or if you think you’ve had contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Additional health-related information from the University is available here. If you are feeling anxious or uneasy, please don’t hesitate to turn to the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999, chat via the Wellness Exchange app (iPhone or Android) anytime, make an appointment, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, check out NYU tips and resources to maintain your mental health.
MindfulNYU hosts a wide offering of FREE yoga and meditation classes throughout the week during the academic year. All classes are now being offered on Zoom and the schedule can be found on the NYU Global Spiritual Life Website.
Additional Health and Meditation Services:
- Calm - Free Calm Sleep Stories, Meditations, etc.
- Other Free Calm Resources
- Peloton - Free Online App for 90 Days
- Daily Burn- 60 day free trial
- Crossfit At Home Workouts - Free
- Full Body HIIT Workouts
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
- Core Yoga - Free Yoga videos
- Daily Burn - 30 day free trial
- NYC Well - Mental health support via phone, chat, or text
- Breathe app - 5-minute mental health check-ins
- 15 Famous NY Cocktails & How to make them
- Mocktails (Non Alcoholic) recipes
Library and Data Services Resources
NYU libraries are working to make services and resources available virtually and in electronic formats. Do not hesitate to contact Hope Lappen (email@example.com) with questions or for assistance in finding alternative formats or resources.
One-on-one and small group consultations are available virtually.
- Research help: email firstname.lastname@example.org directly
- Data Services: make a virtual appointment
- Digital Studio: make a virtual appointment
- For quick questions or immediate help, use the chat service via Ask a Librarian
In addition, Hope Lappen is offering informal office hours via Zoom for anyone who wants to drop in and ask a question (groups are welcome as well). Check the calendar for days/times and the link. No need to set up an appointment.
➪ Additional resources
NYU Libraries already has one of the largest collections of e-resources for research and we’re rapidly expanding! Find materials using the search bar on the library homepage.
In addition to long-standing collections available in Ebook Central we expanded access this week by adding the EBSCO ebook collection on a trial basis. Check out the EBSCO ebook collection and let us know if it’s a resource you find useful.
You can also browse our databases.
Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is available for NYU students. Get started at the VCL webpage.
Students who need a computer for studying remotely may borrow a Chromebook for the rest of the spring semester by completing the NYU Chromebook Request Form.
➪ Have you borrowed materials from NYU?
Many of you who’ve borrowed materials from Dibner and Bobst (including the Avery Fisher Center and the Computer Center) don’t plan to be back on campus till Fall Semester, so you want to extend your due date beyond May 22nd. Works for us! You can renew your borrowed items through Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
➪ IT Student FAQs
- If a student does not have a functioning computer/laptop, they can request to borrow a Chromebook from the university by completing the NYU Chromebook Request Form.
- If a domestic student is without access to home internet service, we are encouraging them to explore this list of internet service providers from Educause offering free or discounted services to college students during this period.
- If a student is without reliable internet service, and they are not able to use one of the free or discounted services, we are asking them to contact the Office of Student Success at email@example.com. A team member will then be in touch to explore options.
Wasserman Career Development Center
- 30 minute virtual career coaching appointments can be scheduled in Handshake. You will hear from your career coach before your appointment to confirm details. GPH Graduate students are able to select "Graduate Students" GPH Student only for career counselors specialized in Public Health.
- Virtual Drop-ins can be scheduled through Handshake by selecting "15 Minute Drop-in Appointment".
- Please click Events in Handshake to RSVP for virtual events.
- Utilize virtual career resources on Handshake under Career Center.
- On-Campus Employment remote work update.
Additional Non-NYU Resources*
Remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help "flatten the curve" of daily cases that put pressure on our health care system. What's there to do while stuck indoors? We've compiled some suggestions to help make your time self-isolated as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible.
☛ Note | the websites on this page are provided to assist you with your search based on feedback from other students who found the sites helpful. Please keep in mind that NYU does not have any relationship with these companies and inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement.
Get your taxes ready | With no brunches to go to, games to watch, or really any public fun to be had, this is the perfect time to start wrapping up your taxes.
Clean and get organized | Cleaning is something that’s necessary to do. Do your laundry, purge your home clean, and tidy up like there’s no tomorrow. Let your creative side show and take an opportunity to make some fresh and new executive decisions for your living space. Move things around, play with your decor, give things a springy new feeling!
Exercise | Quarantine or not there’s still plenty of ways to stay in good health. It might not be the same as your routine workout but there’s plenty of options and workouts that are being streamed to do from home.
Check in on those close to you | Having strong mental health in times of seclusion is certainly as important as having good physical standing too. Call or Facetime your friends and family routinely, it will be much appreciated. Apps & Software that enable group video chatting are Houseparty & Zoom.
➪ Online Streaming Services
- Free Streaming Services
- How to try every major streaming service for free
- Netflix Party (watch Netflix with your friends virtually)
- Best Movies and Shows
- First Run Movies Streaming
➪ Things to do
- What to watch, Listen and Cook During Self Quarantine - NY Times
- Virtual Dance Party
- Mango Language Learning - Free language learning for NYU affiliates
- 90s Computer Games
- Marco Polo app - video texting
- Visit Museums Around the World Virtually
- NYU Hawk Cam
- Jackbox Games
➪ Resources for Parents
- Free Meals for Kids at any NYC School
- Free online resources and subscriptions for those with children
- How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy - The Atlantic
- Cosmic Kids - Free Yoga videos for kids
- List of Activities for Kids
- Childcare Coordination for Group/Co-op
- Speech Buddy - Free Speech Therapy Resources for Children
➪ Journal Resources
➪ Industry Announcements
- Spectrum | Community Assistance: We're committed to serving our valued customers and ensuring they maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, we commit to the following services. We will offer free access to Spectrum broadband and WiFi for new K-12 and college student households that our network currently passes for the next 60 days. We'll partner with school districts to make sure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. We'll open our WiFi hotspots across our footprint for public use. We'll continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, our high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households.
- Xfinity | All Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access.
- Comcast | Offering Internet Essentials package free for low-income customers for 60 days.