Onboarding for Online Students


Welcome Online Students!

Congratulations again and welcome to NYU School of Global Public Health! 

We are very proud to count you as members of our community and are looking forward to meeting you and working closely together over the next few years! 

There are a few things you need to do prior to your first day and the GPH Office of Student Affairs has put together a checklist to help you get started here at NYU. Please refer to the next steps below to get started.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email to:

or connect with your onboarding ambassador.


Resources in one click:



1 - Activate your NYU Net ID

Included in your acceptance email is your official University ID number (often it will be referred to as your N number because it starts with an N, and is followed by 9 digits). Write this number down or memorize it, as you will be asked for it throughout your academic career. At GPH, it will serve as your on-campus identification number. For example, you will need to provide your N number to schedule appointments at the Wasserman Center for Career Development or at our Health and Wellness Center. 

Now that you have a University ID, you must also activate another form of NYU identification called a NetID.

  • To obtain your NetID, log on to https://start.nyu.edu.
  • Click on the link on the right that says "Don't know your NetID?"
  • You will then be prompted to input your University ID number, date of birth and personal email address, if you have one.
  • After you have entered this information, click on "Continue" and you will be assigned a NetID.

Your NetID is a combination of your initials and a few random numbers, e.g., aqe123. It is different from your University ID.

Once activated (see below), your NetID provides access to authorized NYU online services and applications via desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices, including end user devices such as laptops. Your NetID is your username for all NYU online services, including your NYUHome account, ALBERT, NYU wi-fi, as well as off-campus access to the New York University Libraries resources.

Your NetID is also used to create your default NYU Email address (e.g., aqe123@nyu.edu).

2 - Create a Password for your NetID

Once you have obtained your NetID go back to https://start.nyu.edu.

  • Toward the bottom of the page you will see a place to input your NetID and password.
  • Fill in your NetID and click "Start" (leave the password blank). 
  • This will prompt you to create a password, allowing you to log onto NYUHome
  • Passwords should be a mixture of letters and symbols, such as a combination of letters and punctuation. See also NYU NetID: Password requirements and security tips

Visit the the IT Service section on the Current Student page if you would like to:

  • Change your current NYU NetID password
  • Reset a forgotten or expired NYU NetID password
  • Learn how to use the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

3 - Accept/Decline your Admissions Offer

How to Accept Your Offer of Admission

To accept or decline your offer of admission you'll need to take the following steps:

1.) First, make sure you've logged in to the application portal to view your decision.

You will need to log in to the GPH Application Status Portal. To access the portal, you will need to use the Net ID and password you would have set up when you first applied. If you have not yet activated your net ID and set a password, go to the NYU Start Page and follow the instructions by clicking on the panel that says, "Activate NetID". You will then be prompted to enter your University ID, which was sent to you by email by gph.admissions@nyu.edu. The email subject line is "How to Accept your NYU Offer of Admission"

2.) Submit the Offer Reply Form

Once you've viewed your offer of admission, you'll see a link in the portal called "Respond to Your Offer of Admission". You'll need to submit this form to accept your offer and reserve a seat. If you have any questions or issues accepting your offer of admission please email gph.admissions@nyu.edu

Final Official Transcripts

☛ IMPORTANT NOTE: New York University and the School of Global Public Health mandate that all newly enrolling students have final official transcripts or WES evaluations (for international candidates) on file before the start of classes in the first term of registration.

If you have not done so, you must send a final, official transcript to the Office of Admissions at the address provided below or you can request to have your prior institution send electronic copies directly to gph.admissions@nyu.edu. Any transcript/WES evaluation you mail must be an original, official transcript with your degree conferral date listed in a sealed envelope with the Registrar's stamp or signature to be considered final and official.

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by notarized translations. Failure to do so before the start of the first term will result in a hold being placed on your registration.

Transcripts can be sent to the following address:

For any questions about your admissions offer or submitting your transcripts please email gph.admissions@nyu.edu.

Important Note

If for any reason you are no longer attending NYU GPH after accepting your initial offer, you must notify this change of status as soon as possible to avoid unexpected charges.

Please send an email communicating this change of status to all the following offices (you can copy all in the same email):

4 - Activate & Check your NYU Email

After you have activated your NetID, the system will process the activation, and your NYU Email and Google Education Accounts will automatically become active. Please allow the system time to process the activation of your credentials.

Once your NYU email is active, you can access your account via NYUHome by clicking the "NYU Email" card or navigating directly to email.nyu.edu.

☛ IMPORTANT NOTE: It is NYU policy that all communications are sent via NYU email. Incoming students must check the NYU email very often and use their NYU Email from now on.

See also:

5 - Update your contact information

It is important that you take the time to review, verify and update your contact information, which can be found under the "Personal Information" section of the Albert Student Center on NYU Home. Please be sure to review and update both your permanent and local addresses.

➪ NYU Emergency Alert

Please note that all students will be required to have an "NYU Emergency Alert" cellular phone number and emergency contact information on record in order to be eligible to register for classes. In order to avoid a delay in registering for your classes, we suggest that you verify this information prior to the start of the registration period.

➪ Pronouns and Name Pronunciation

Students now have the opportunity to add their pronouns, as well as the pronunciation of their names, into Albert.  Students can have this information displayed to faculty, advisors, and administrators in Albert, as well as other NYU systems. Students can also opt out of having their pronouns viewed by their instructors, in case they feel more comfortable sharing their pronouns outside of the classroom. To set  up your pronoun visit this page.

➪ Gender Identity in Albert

Students can indicate and edit their gender identity in their Albert Student Center. Students who would like to modify their gender identity on Albert or learn more should visit this page.

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6 - Complete the NYU Academic Integrity Tutorial (Plagiarism)

Each incoming graduate student at GPH is required to complete the NYU Academic Integrity Tutorial.

While we all know stealing is wrong, recognizing plagiarism is not always as easy.

Plagiarism sometimes happens not as a result of conscious cheating, but because of a lack of understanding about what actually constitutes plagiarism.

This guide intends to:

  • clarify what plagiarism is,
  • identify the different types that exist, and
  • show you how to avoid it.

Recognizing the various forms of plagiarism is an important step in preventing it. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and pleading ignorance will not protect you! 

As an incoming graduate student, you are required to complete the NYU Academic Integrity Tutorial. The tutorial will take around 30 minutes to complete. It is composed of three case studies: 

  1. Getting Help
  2. Working Together is Good, Right?
  3. Plagiarism

At various points, you'll be prompted to answer questions, ​​​​​but there is no score or grade for this tutorial. Just be sure to read every slide carefully. 

Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Understand academic integrity, plagiarism, and cheating.
  • Identify and locate NYU resources that support academic success.
  • Determine in which circumstances collaboration with other students is appropriate or permissible.  
  • Practice good decision-making whenever you draw on existing resources to create original academic work.

More information on Plagiarism and How to Avoid it can be found here.

Complete the NYU Academic Integrity Tutorial (Plagiarism)

7 - Complete the NYU Health Requirements

Next Stop NYU is the designed webpage that helps you navigate your path to New York University and through the mandatory health requirements, tasks, and deadlines. 

As an online student, the requirements on the NYU  Health Requirements Website | Online Degree Students apply to students in an online-only degree program that will never enter NYU buildings or participate in University-sponsored activities, on- or off- campus.

Please review the webpage and complete the following requirements that pertain to you, specifically: 

  • Student Health History Form,
  • Sexual Misconduct Training “Think about it”, and
  • Enroll in or Waive NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance

➪ Please Note: If you ever need to access any NYU buildings or participate in any in-person University-sponsored activities, whether on- or off-campus, such as internships, practicums, field placements, immersion experiences, field trips, and events, at any point during your program (including immersion programs), you must complete the NYU Health Requirements for New York Students instead. Additionally, you would need to request an NYU ID Card in order to enter any NYU Building. 

Questions or Need Help Completing These Requirements?

Contact NYU Immunization Record Services to resolve any issues and ensure that you will not be de-enrolled. Don't wait until the last minute. They are available to assist you Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm! 

Complete the NYU Health Requirements

8 - Download the Wellness Exchange App

Download the Wellness Exchange App to chat with a counselor anytime. Literally 24/7. Available in six languages through the Wellness Exchange app for iPhone or Android.

The Wellness Exchange is your greatest mental health resource at NYU. Our 24-hour hotline can be reached at (212) 443-9999.



9 - Enroll in Classes and Learn NYU Albert

Shortly after you have accepted your offer and submitted your deposit, you will receive an email from the GPH Office of Registration with the courses to enroll in your first semester. You can also visit the webpage First Semester Courses for Online Students, where you can register for your courses using NYU Albert.  

NYU GPH online courses are indicated by the 5000-level number (e.g., GPH-GU 5190).

This applies only to students enrolled in our master's programs. Doctoral Students will receive communication from their Doctoral Department (PhD or DrPH) regarding their classes.

Registration for Fall 2024 Incoming Students will open on Monday, June 3, 2024.


It is your responsibility to register for courses in a timely manner. It is highly recommended that all students register for courses as soon as registration on Albert begins. 

Students are responsible for any financial, administrative and/or personal arrangements that may affect timely course registration. Such arrangements include payment of outstanding balances, financial aid, immunizations, visa status, and employer work arrangements. 

Learn how to use NYU Albert:

Albert, the NYU student information services website, is easy to use and can provide you with a wealth of up-to-date information that will help you make quicker and more informed decisions about your class schedule. The guidelines on the GPH Current Student section and on the Registrar website will help you navigate the Albert registration pages.

We encourage you to sign up for the "Mastering NYU Albert & Brightspace: Your Guide to Enrollment & Beyond" webinar listed in section 10 to familiarize yourself with NYU Albert. For more information on how to register for classes, you can visit the GPH Registration Guidelines section on the Current Student page and also use the Student Self-Service Enrollment Guide.

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10 - Register for the GPH Student Affairs Workshops 

The Office of Student Affairs will be hosting four virtual workshops over the summer: please note which workshops are mandatory to register for, and which ones are recommended.

Additionally, you must register with an NYU email address and must be logged in your NYU account prior to registering.  

IMPORTANT NOTE about NYU Zoom: Be sure to confirm that you're using the full-featured NYU version of Zoom and haven't been redirected to the free, public version of Zoom at zoom.us. 



The GPH Student Affairs Mandatory Workshops are designed to introduce you to important school resources and policies in order to support your transition into graduate studies. Whether you'd like to learn how to navigate your studies, select your courses or seek guidance on professional development, we have a session just for you! You are required to register for one session of each webinar

Register for the following times listed in Eastern Time (ET):

1) Welcome to NYU GPH: Embark on Excellence! 

Topics Covered: academic policies, degree requirements, tutoring, advising, career services

Join our Welcome Webinars hosted by the GPH Office of Student Affairs! Explore our innovative academic offerings, inclusive community policies, and comprehensive support services—all designed for your success. Engage in live Q&A, connect with our team, and secure your spot to shape your academic journey!

2) Graduate Financial Success: Navigating Your Finances at NYU GPH!

Topics Covered: federal financial aid, scholarships, billing & payments, on-campus jobs

As you embark on your academic journey, it's essential to understand the financial aspects of graduate life. Join us for this informative webinar where we'll cover everything you need to know about managing your finances at NYU GPH. From navigating the Central Financial Aid office and understanding SAP Holds to maximizing GPH Admission/Scholarships and managing Bursar Holds, we'll provide you with invaluable insights and resources. Additionally, we'll explore opportunities for on-campus jobs to help you offset expenses and enhance your graduate experience. Join us as we empower you to achieve financial success during your time at NYU GPH.



The GPH Student Affairs Recommended Workshops are accessible for students that want to take a step further in familiarizing themselves with student life. They are designed to prepare you for your new adjustment and settle in before the semester starts. We discuss the ins and outs of Albert, engaging with the community as an online student, and student resources. We hope you add these sessions to your list!  

1) Mastering NYU Albert & Brightspace: Your Guide to Enrollment & Beyond

Topics Covered: NYU Albert, Brightspace, enrollment, holds

In these comprehensive webinars, we'll demystify the intricacies of NYU Albert and enrollment processes to ensure a smooth transition into your academic journey. From navigating NYU Albert and Brightspace to understanding enrollment procedures, managing holds, and accessing additional resources, this session is designed to equip you with the essential tools for success. Join us as we empower you to confidently navigate NYU's digital ecosystem and optimize your graduate experience from day one.


2) GPH Digital Oasis: Maximizing Your Online Student Life

Topics Covered: resources for online students

Prepare to dive into the vibrant world of virtual student life as we uncover the plethora of online resources available to enhance your graduate experience. From student clubs and events to academic support services, this webinar is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of online student life at NYU GPH. Join us as we explore the dynamic opportunities that await you in the digital realm, empowering you to make the most of your graduate journey from the comfort of your own screen.



11 - Register for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop

NYU GPH values the diversity of its students and is strongly committed to maintaining an inclusive scholarly environment. As a school we continually strive to foster a dynamic, rigorous teaching and learning community that embraces a broad spectrum of viewpoints and approaches.

The GPH Office of Student Affairs in partnership with United Solutions Consultancy Group created a mandatory two-part workshop that includes a series of community learning sessions around diversity, equity & inclusion.

This workshop is designed to create a space in which students can engage in deep and critical conversations around topics of diversity, equity, power within race, and building community in the field of Public Health and beyond. We will discuss how the concept of power is both situational and circumstantial, in addition to exploring participation in taking and making space, to be heard while also practicing how to listen to one another better. Students will be supported in contextualizing race and power (specifically, how it can be taken, given up, usurped, or decentralized) and consider how power changes depending on context (place, space and time). By seeking both domestic and international student perspectives we hope to help students create a broader vision for what an equitable and diverse practice can be.

To attend this webinar and receive the Zoom Link, you are required to register for one Session (July or August) for both parts (1 and 2):

July Session - Humanity Centered DEIBJ Practice: Our Vision for Global Community

  • PART 1 Thursday, July 11th from 8:00 AM EST to 11:30 AM EST with a 30 min. break included | Register Here
  • PART 2 | Tuesday, July 16th from 8:00 AM EST to 11:30 AM EST with a 30 min. break included | Register Here

August SessionHumanity Centered DEIBJ Practice: Our Vision for Global Community

  • PART 1 Wednesday August 14th from 5:30 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST with a 30 min. break included | Register Here
  • PART 2 | Wednesday August 21st from 5:30 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST with a 30 min. break included | Register Here

12 - Learn About Important GPH Professional Development Resources

I) NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development

NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, offers various resources and services to our public health students. Take advantage of our career services specifically designed for public health students early in your academic career. 

Below you will find a pre-recorded webinar video from our Graduate Student Career Development Team at Wasserman talking about how to access career support, the types of programs and services they provide, and the career outcomes that Wasserman users enjoy. 

Wasserman Center for Career Development Orientation

II) NYU Library & Data Services

In academic writing it is essential that you acknowledge the sources of your information and ideas, both in your text through in-text citations and in a bibliography or reference list at the end of your work. This presentation covers the basics of referencing; what it is, why you should do it and which style you should be using in order to avoid plagiarism.  In addition, the last portion of the webinar will be dedicated to data services resources offered by NYU!
The presentation is hosted by your assigned Public Health librarian, Hope Lappen, Life Sciences Librarian.

Public Health Library Orientation and Citation Review

III) GPH Applied Practice Experience

Note: the following does not apply to doctoral students 

The NYU Master of Public Health program requires all students to complete an Applied Practice Experience Program (APE) which includes:

  •  180-hours of hands-on public health practice, and 
  • two courses taken in the final year of the academic program.

The APE provides students the opportunity to become familiar with the kinds of organizations that put into practice the theory, concepts, and methods taught in the Masters program. Students will be able to choose their own field placement with NGOs, governmental agencies, multilateral institutions, community-based organizations, or private sector companies based within the US and overseas. 

As an incoming graduate student, you are required to watch the welcome video below from our Director of Practice, Dr. Karyn Faber. She is the point person for APE and is available to answer any questions related to their requirement. You can also learn more about their requirement via our webpage: NYU GPH | Applied Practice Experience.

Introduction to the GPH Applied Practice Experience with Dr. Karyn Faber

13 - Review the GPH Program Policies & Procedures

All students in the program are expected to understand and adhere to program policies and procedures while matriculated in the NYU GPH Graduate program. 

All students are responsible for being aware of, and adhering to, the standards set forth by the NYU School of Global Public Health (GPH Resources, Forms & Policies).

14 - Complete the GPH Student Affairs Onboarding Form 

Please note that all incoming graduate students must complete the GPH Student Affairs Onboarding form.

In order to complete the Onboarding form, you must have read and completed the following sections below:

  • 6 - NYU Academic Integrity (Plagiarism)
  • 7 - NYU Health Requirements
  • 13 - GPH Program Policies and Procedures

The GPH Onboarding Form must be completed no later than the first day of class.

15 - Attend the Orientation Activities

Orientation is designed to foster academic and professional success while at the School of Global Public Health. 

At orientation, you will be able to meet and network with other GPH students, faculty, and staff who will support your transition to graduate studies. All students are expected to attend.

Prepare for your transition to GPH by reviewing the complete schedule on this webpage.



16 - Learn to Use NYU Brightspace

The NYU Learning Management System (Brightspace) is NYU’s new digital learning platform. From accessing course materials, to collaborating online with classmates and instructors, NYU LMS (Brightspace) offers a ton of resources to meet your learning goals and needs. Each course that you take at NYU might feature a corresponding course website with learning materials. Most commonly, that website will be a “course site” in the NYU LMS (Brightspace).

Review the Brightspace Student Guide, it provides helpful information about navigating to the site, tips for staying on top of all your coursework and other features that your instructors might use. 

NYU Brightspace: Overview for Students

17 - Prepare for your Online Learning Experience

Below we have consolidated some helpful NYU resources that will prepare you for your online learning experience and support you should you need to troubleshoot any technology related issues throughout your time in the program. 

18 - Review the Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar provides all relevant holidays, breaks, commencement, school start/end dates as well as Registration and Bursar dates.

...Learn More about Resources for Students

Finally, make sure to review our GPH Current Student page to find out the thousand resources that will make your life easier at GPH! From academic support services, career development, free Microsoft Office and registration guidelines – to housing options, health & wellness, athletics and much more!