NYU’s College of Global Public Health offers ten diverse and innovative undergraduate degrees in the field, partnering courses in broad global public health issues with a related course of study housed in one of NYU's prestigious schools, including the College of Nursing, Silver School of Social Work, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, and College of Arts and Science.
By enrolling in one of these majors, you will become a member of the GPH family, 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.
Why Global Health?
Choosing from different disciplines to find what interests you most, you will gain fluency in the key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world. Your coursework will explore the global nature of the field, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes.
You’ll delve into a variety of disciplinary and theoretical frameworks to understand how biological, environmental, political, social, and economic factors interact to influence the health of populations across the globe. Through classes, lectures, student activities, and participation in collaborative activities and research with major public health organizations, global public health majors are exposed to the breadth of the field.
The NYU GPH Advantage
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, and scholars 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 and in-depth advising on course selection, major selection, fieldwork, professional development and career planning. Students take advantage of dedicated public health advising through the GPH.
Access to resources across the University, including a wide variety of student and academic services offered through the GPH. Students benefit from events and conferences, global health news and announcements, student research opportunities, student organizations and governance, career services, and student and alumni networking.
- Students who are part of the College of Global of 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.
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What Can I Do With a Global Public Health Major?
- Diverse Career Options
In today's globally connected environment, diverse training leads to a satisfying and flexible career. Majoring in global public health will prepare you for entry into not-for-profits, government organizations, social service agencies, international health services and programs, and more. GPH also has a robust relationship with NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, one of the top career resource centers in the nation, to help you start your future and aim for your specialized career goals.
- Further Your Education
Upon graduating with your undergraduate degree in global public health, you will show broad, sophisticated competencies in the field, providing excellent preparation for further public health study at the masters and doctoral levels – including the GPH’s own graduate programs like the Master of Public Health, Cross-Continental MPH, MA in Bioethics, and our PhD program.
If you prefer to pursue your continued education in a related discipline, the global public health majors are designed to prepare you for work in Anthropology, Applied Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Food Studies, History, Media, Culture and Communication, Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics, Social Work, and Sociology, as well as for entrance into professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, law and business.
Mission of the Undergraduate Global Public Health Program
The undergraduate Global Public Health program at NYU is grounded in the academic disciplines and professional programs of study across its undergraduate schools. Anchored in different disciplines, students from across the university gain fluency in the key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world. Public health courses explore the global nature of the field, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Students enrolled in the combined public health majors join a community of learners at NYU in the College of Arts and Science, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, the School of Social Work, the College of Nursing, and the Wagner School of Public Policy. Six core global public health courses, two electives by advisement, and a semester of study at another NYU are required by each of global public health program of study. Global public health majors may go on to careers across a variety of professions, including academia, law, medicine, nursing, public health, public policy, social work and other fields of health practice.
In their global public health courses, students gain foundational knowledge and skills in essential areas of public health. Students explore a variety of disciplinary and theoretical frameworks to understand how biological, environmental, political, social, and economic factors interact to influence the health of populations across the globe. They gain an understanding of the application of basic epidemiologic and research methods are used to assess and monitor the distribution and determinants of health across communities. They study how health services and public health interventions have addressed salient health issues and needs over time and in these different contexts. Through classes, lectures, student activities, and participation in collaborative activities and research with major public health organizations, global public health majors are exposed to the breadth of the field.
After successfully completing the six required global public health courses Health and Society in a Global Context, Biostatistics for a Global World, Environmental Health for a Global World, Epidemiology for Global Health, Health Policy in the Global World, and Experiential Learning in Global Public Health, students will be able to:
- recognize the key historical milestones in the development and evolution of the field of public health with examples from both the US and international contexts.
- describe and assess the biological, social, environmental and structural determinants of health by applying interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies.
- know and 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.
- read and understand the public health literature across time, forms, and cultures.
- compare measures and outcomes of health systems and policy in high, middle and low income countries.
- apply concepts of public health promotion and prevention to engage in collaborative and culturally relevant public health activities that, in turn, promote social justice.
- connect disciplinary training to public health concepts in the classroom and in the field.