The School of Global Public Health (GPH) has a bold vision - to significantly improve the health of populations by pioneering solutions that advance health equity around the world, today and tomorrow. That vision reflects a core belief that global health is not merely a field of study, area of research, or a career, but a goal that will change the world. Achieving grand goals requires both seriousness of purpose and willingness to take action, and at NYU, we believe that investing in committed people and essential resources will bring us closer to addressing the global health problems of today and tomorrow.
Who We Are
The NYU School of Global Public Health crosses disciplinary boundaries to address the world’s most pressing health problems. Drawing on our interdisciplinary faculty and staff, GPH delivers truly interdisciplinary public health education at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level.
NYU GPH builds on NYU’s expansive reach as a globally-networked university; draws strength from the entrepreneurial spirit of our many talented faculty, students, staff, and alumni; and serves as a conduit for groundbreaking research and education that advances and promotes equitable health for all.
While NYU has granted degrees in public health for over 40 years, GPH is young with big aspirations. Our mission is to reinvent the public health paradigm by inspiring innovative scholarship, practice and leadership across boundaries.
It has been said that New York City is “where the future comes to audition.” Unbound by tradition, and much like the innovative and enterprising city in which our home campus resides, our school seeks to reinvent the public health paradigm by applying entrepreneurial approaches to public health crises.
The History of Public Health at NYU
In the five short years since the NYU Board of Trustees established the School of Global Public Health, we’ve expanded our programs, successfully earned accreditation, and graduated over 2000 public health professionals. With innovation in public health urgently needed around the world, the creation of our school could not have been more timely. Thanks to each one of you for your contributions to our school; our collective efforts are needed now more than ever.
The story of the study of public health at New York University began over 90 years ago when, in 1931, health courses were first offered in the School of Education. Course by course, degree by degree, the public health program gathered multi-disciplinary strength as it evolved across colleges from one end of our campus to the other.