Participating in University Life is a stimulating and ongoing experience that blooms with fresh opportunities throughout your time at NYU.
The NYU School of Global Public Health campus is not enclosed by gates or walls, but rather blends with the vibrant streets of New York City. Students join one of the world’s most creative cities – a center for finance, cultural institutions, international affairs, the arts, and research – as they become creators of new knowledge. there are numerous opportunities for our graduate students to get involved in campus life and to take full advantage of living in one of the world’s dynamic capital cities
Taking advantage of all New York City has to offer is an essential aspect of the NYU experience.
The NYU GPH Office of Student & Alumni Affairs strives to enhance the student experience and foster community by organizing gatherings, outings, and special events. Events and social gatherings are also regularly announced by email or posted here, so be on the lookout.
The resources listed below will help you begin to explore life in the city.
Explore how you can get involved!
GPH Student Government and Organizations
The NYU GPH Office of Student & Alumni Affairs encourages your full participation in the student life of the School by engaging with one of the groups below.
Students also run a wide variety of organizations and activities that enrich their experiences every day at NYU GPH.
Many memorable moments at GPH happen outside the classroom.
With more than 10 student organizations, GPH lets you pursue the activities you’ve always loved, discover new passions and find people who share interests.
Joining is a great way for you to become more connected and engaged during your graduate school experience.
GPH Student Governing Council (SGC)
The Student Governing Council is the umbrella student organization for all student groups at the School of Global Public Health. The SGC is a group of GPH students (Undergraduate, MA, MS, MPH, and PhD students) elected to serve on behalf of the general GPH student body.
The SGC works to foster a sense of community, promote leadership and professional development opportunities, and oversee the creation of new GPH student groups.
GPH SGC Constitution - Rev 2020 (Download the SGC Constitution here)
- Graduate President: Nicholas Nguyen
- Treasurer: Akshitha Dondapati
- Senator: Cole Swartz
- Alternate Senator: Chrysta Ng
- Student Club Officer: Sa'Haara Bryant
- Event Officier: Emily Chen
- Communications Officer: Kayria Ahmed
GPH Student Clubs & Associations
You are invited to become a student leader in the GPH community by joining one of our student-run clubs or organizations or starting your own!
This is a wonderful way to become involved in a range of activities - outside of the classroom - with your classmates and future colleagues.
Are you a group of students with a new club idea?
If you are a group if students interested in creating a cultural and identity based student organization, please reach out to the GPH Student Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and the GPH Student Governing Council (SGC) at email@example.com and complete the forms below:
- GPH-Affiliated Student Group Guidelines
- GPH-Affiliated New Student Group Faculty Support Form
- GPH-Affiliated New Student Group Proposal Form
Approval times may take from one to two weeks.
1 - Bioethics @ NYU
Bioethics @ NYU is an undergraduate student-run organization that promotes interest in bioethics outside the classroom. The club is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all of NYU’s colleges and schools. Through facilitated discussion and debate, guest lectures, film screenings, and special events, students are encouraged to consider the multitude of bioethical issues facing our world today.
2 - Black Women's Health Collective (BWHC)
NYU’s Black Women Health Collective aims to support and encourage the leadership of Black women in public health. The mission of Black Women’s Health Collective is to connect Black women students and professionals in Public Health, while highlighting the experiences and opportunities related to Black women's health outcomes.
3 - Community Preparedness & Response (CPR)
The mission of CPR is to serve as a platform for students to learn about emerging topics in disaster preparedness and response, advance their professional and career interests in the field, and gain specific emergency response and management skills. CPR encourages students of all concentrations to join in our events as we delve into issues encompassing local, state, national, and global emergency preparedness along with the implications for the populations most at risk. Through a series of training events, field trips, volunteering experiences, professional panels, and conferences, CPR aims to foster a community of NYU students with active bystanders skills to respond to emergencies at a moments notice.
4 - E.X.C.E.L for Healthcare
E.X.C.E.L (Exuberant Communication Engagement Leaders) for Healthcare club believes that everyone is entitled to healthcare education in order to improve their holistic health. The club focuses on creating monthly health-related initiatives to align with the awareness months i.e. Black history month, women’s history month, alcohol awareness month, etc. These initiatives focus on creating safe and healthy spaces to exchange health education information, participate in healthy activities, bond with members of the community and become a healthier version of yourself. The club will also distribute health education information on social media platforms via videos, blog posts, and other digital media formats.
For more information contact club president Julyssa Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 - GPH International Student Society (GISS)
The GPH International Students Society (GISS) is a student organization that represents the GPH international student body. GISS focuses on helping international students to be part of the GPH global community and supports their transition into campus life and adjustment to the American culture, enabling them to build professional relationships, and share the cultural richness of public health experiences.
GISS cultivates a diverse, inclusive and dynamic community for students from every corner of the world, providing a forum through which members can come together to celebrate differences and achievements alike, share experiences and stories, raise concerns, and most importantly, build a strong community of future public health advocates. GPH ISS is a place where we grow and help others grow with us.
GISS hosts social and cultural events, academic lectures, and professional and networking events, to celebrate the diversity of GPH’s student body, and also give international students the unique experience of living and studying in New York City.
6 - Health and Human Rights Association (HHRA)
The Health & Human Rights Association is a student led organization that aims to foster community around issues of social justice within the New York University (NYU), New York City, and global community . We intend to raise awareness among NYU students, faculty, staff and other professionals regarding the complete interdependence of health and human rights in order to bridge the gap between scholarship, research, policy, and practice.
7 - Mission for Mental Health (MMH)
Mission for Mental Health (MMH) is a student club with a sole focus on mental health. Our mission is to engage our fellow students, staff, faculty and the larger New York City community in discussions encompassing stigma, policy and health resources. We hope that our work ultimately leads to a better understanding of the many facets in mental health and begin to chip away at the stigmas surrounding a crucial, complicated aspect of wellbeing.
8 - Nutrition Without Borders (NwB)
The School of Global Public Health’s first student club dedicated to public health nutrition has been engaging the New York community since 2016. Founded in response to the World Food Programme’s “Counting the Beans” exhibit in the GPH student lounge, the club has taken an interdisciplinary approach to increase student involvement in domestic and global nutrition issues through advocacy, research, volunteering, and outreach. The club offers its members a platform for integrating their studies with their interests in public health nutrition and has a dedicated and active member base from a variety of concentrations, including public health nutrition, epidemiology, public health management, and global health.
Over the years the club’s activities have included:
- Building a vertical grow system for the hydroponic farm at the Los Sures food pantry in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Visiting Square Roots, an entrepreneurial organization founded by Kimbal Musk, whose mission is to pioneer farming in climate-controlled storage containers in a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, parking lot before expanding to other major U.S. cities
- Helping with the Zero Hunger Cooking challenge put on by GPH every year
- Hosting a nutrition professionals panel in order to expose current and incoming students to the professional possibilities in public health nutrition
- Working with Kitchen Connection, an organization dedicated to eliminating food insecurity by working with chefs from different backgrounds in an online platform. NWB has collaborated with them on two different UN events
- Meeting new GPH students at the Admitted Students Day luncheon and Research Expo club fair
- Offering GPH students ideas for preparing food and eating healthy throughout grad school on the club’s blog
9 - NYU Healthcare Consulting Organization (HCO)
NYU Healthcare Consulting Organization (HCO) is a team of passionate, skilled students, energized to gain exposure to and experience in the field of healthcare consulting, policy, and management. We aim to build a strong interdisciplinary team of students that mirrors the complex intricacies of the US healthcare system, who bring their interest in public health to create creative solutions to today’s healthcare problems. This student organization is centered around the professional development and relationship building of our members through informational panels, speaker events, and networking opportunities.
10 - Peer Health Exchange (PHE)
We are a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing health equity and improving health outcomes for young people by teaching health workshops in under-resourced public high schools across NYC. Our mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions.
11 - Sexual and Reproductive Health-Positive (SRH+)
NYU SRH+ is a student-led inclusive community dedicated to shifting the human sexuality paradigm by empowering sexual and reproductive choices and strengthening professional commitment for the future leaders of the sexual and reproductive health and rights field.
12 - Queer Health Task Force (QHTF)
QHTF is dedicated to promoting the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and others on the campus, in the curriculum, and in the community. By providing opportunities for learning, activism, and skills building, we work toward creating improved visibility of queer health issues and improved access to care. We believe that competent, informed care for LGBTQI people is integral to Public Health.
13 - Youth Mappers NYU
We are the NYU Chapter of Youthmappers, a global network of universities who, in partnership with USAID, use web-based geospatial technology to contribute meaningful data to Open Street Maps. This data is used by humanitarian agencies for disaster relief, community development, public health emergencies, and more!
14 - Polygeia
Founded in 2014, Polygeia is a student-run think tank engaging student minds in research on current global health issues and policies
Our aim, to engage the brightest student minds in research on global health issues and policies while delivering high-quality research and to act as a springboard to foster the next generation of public/global health leaders.
We publish reports, papers, accept commissioned projects and organise an annual conference.
Living in NYC
The Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, the Capital of the World: whatever you call it, New York is an exciting place to live. There’s always a new restaurant to try, museum to visit, or Broadway play to catch. The world lives here, too - from Astoria to Brighton Beach to Chinatown, you can hear just about any language spoken on our streets (and try any cuisine, too!)
Despite its reputation, New York can also be an affordable city to live in. From student discounts to countless cheap eats options, you don’t have to break the bank to go to grad school.
For additional information visit also the Incoming Student page (Moving to the U.S. & Exploring NYC).
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
New York City is a cultural hotspot where there is always something waiting to be experienced. Explore below to see how you can tap into cultural event offerings at NYU.
➪ NYU Museum Gateway
What better way to maintain your sense of well-being than with art? New York City has more than its fair share of the world’s most renowned art institutions with NYU’s Museum Gateway providing free admission to a number of them by showing your NYUCard. And, if not, most museums have “free days.”
The University also has several galleries that are operated by NYU departments, students, professors, and groups. And a stroll through any one of the boroughs is almost sure to have you crossing paths with private galleries, street artists, or mural art on the sides of buildings.
➪ NYU Box Office
New York City has endless opportunities for experiencing theater, music, and dance, on-and off - Broadway.
By visiting the NYU Box Office in-person with you NYUCard or using your NYU email online, NYU students can:
- Purchase discounted tickets to Broadway shows, plays, operas, ballet performances, and even sporting events using ScholasTix a service that provides discounted tickets an exclusive service for the NYU community. Check here for a full list of available shows can be found here.
- purchase group tickets to virtually any music, opera or dance event in the New York City area and help you find the best prices!
- Purchase discounted movie passes and concessions vouchers for different theater chains.
- Buy Six Flags Vouchers.
- Use the Discount Finder for other ways to find a discount.
The main box office can be reached by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 212-998-4941. To contact an NYU Box Office representative for purchasing group tickets specifically, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 212-992-8256.
➪ Music Ensembles
Orchestras, choirs, and music ensembles are sponsored by NYU Steinhardt some of which are open to NYU students from all schools and majors, as well as community members.
Graduate Student Resource Center
The Graduate Student Resource Center is a hub that provides services for all graduate students at the University and offers everything from programs on money management and trips to the Met to off-campus resources and English conversation workshops.
University-Wide Clubs & Organizations
With over 300 All-Square clubs and hundreds of others across the individual schools, NYU has endless ways for students to engage with one another based on interest, industry, identity, and more. All-square clubs are listed in NYU Engage. NYU Engage allows students to connect directly with club leaders online, and helps club leaders manage membership and budgets. All NYU students have access to Engage, simply use your NetID to log in and start browsing for clubs now.
If you are interested in getting involved in sustainability and environmental matters, NYU has a specific list of clubs with an environmental focus.
Neighborhood Resources & Student Discounts
Take advantage of your student life. Many shops and restaurants offer students discounts of 10% or more for NYU students, but don’t stop there: keep your NYU student ID on you at all times, and don’t be shy about asking for a student rate!
See below for a listing of commonly requested resources and discounts:
- Transportation & Discount
- Housing and Living Accommodations
- NYU Mail & Copy Services
- Storage & Moving
Visit this page for a full list of student discounts in NYC (Restaurants, Retail Stores, Transportations and Entertainment).
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.
Commuter & Off-Campus Students
The Commuter & Off-Campus Student Programs is designed to promote a sense of belonging among commuter students while offering programs to enhance wellness, academic success, and student connections within NYU.
Students with Children
It can be challenging trying to be a parent and a student at the same time. Just by being a parent and a student, you have already proven that nothing is unreachable, and that you have great strength and determination.
Visit the Students with Children website where you will find a number of resources that may be helpful to you as you balance both these roles.
➪ Lactation Rooms
NYU provides access to lactation rooms, private, dedicated spaces to comfortably and conveniently express milk. Lactation rooms are available throughout our campuses and administrative buildings (closed Sundays).
A valid NYU ID card must be presented for access. View the Lactation Rooms & Scheduling for the NYU community (NOTE: you must be logged in to NYU Home to view the document).
Students in the Military and Veterans
New York University is committed to providing an environment for veterans to pursue their academic and personal goals, explore learning experiences, and be involved in campus life. Visit this page to connect with University resources and engage with NYU and NYC. Reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
NYU President Andrew Hamilton sent a message to the NYU community which made clear that undocumented students will continue to be treated exactly as all other students at NYU with regard to housing, privacy, and all other matters. Visit this page for common questions and updates as they become available, and link to resources.
Additionally, the NYU’s Immigrant Defense Initiative provides free legal advice, referrals, and/or representation on immigration issues to NYU students, staff, and faculty.
Members of the NYU community can schedule a confidential consultation with an Immigrant Defense Initiative attorney by phone at 212-998-6640, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Transfer Student Programs component of the Center for Student Life focuses on students transferring or visiting from other universities, as well as those students transitioning from our abroad sites.