NYU GPH Complex Public Health Disasters Lab

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NYU GPH Complex Public Health Disasters Lab

The NYU GPH Complex Public Health Disasters (CPHD) Lab builds upon the momentum of the school’s Disaster Certificate Program and leverages the research of two GPH faculty members who are actively conducting public health disaster studies. The purpose of the Lab is to build upon cutting edge applied research to (1) meet the needs of the public health and health care sectors; (2) minimize risk and increase resilience in vulnerable populations, including disabled, aged, marginalized and minority populations; and (3) improve our public health disasters preparedness capabilities to protect essential workers, such as mass transit workers.

The Lab is led by two Disaster researchers and educators: Dr. Robyn Gershon, Clinical Professor of Epidemiology, and Dr. Alexis Merdjanoff, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Lab currently includes DrPH, PhD, MPH, and undergrad public health majors who are working on thesis projects, applied practice projects, as well as student interns with an interest in gaining research experience and in opportunities for publications and presentations. A new NYU GPH Public Health Disaster Journal and a corresponding webpage have recently been launched to provide a platform for students to publish their disaster-related work.

As of Fall 2022, we have stopped taking new applications for internships and student projects. The lab will be open to new student members again in Spring 2023. Please visit the “Get Involved” page for more information.

NYU GPH Advanced Certificate in Public Health Disaster Science, Policy and Practice

The program offers students and professionals in the field an opportunity to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the scholarship, policies, and practices associated with the management of complex emergencies and public health disasters.
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NYU GPH Journal of Public Health Disasters

The Public Health Disaster Journal is a student-led journal at the NYU School of Global Public Health. The journal website showcases exemplary student work and reports news and updates on the latest research related to public health preparedness and disaster response.

Access the journal online