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All students enrolled in the global public health majors - regardless of school - are required to complete six core global public health courses throughout their time at NYU. The courses are offered by the Global Institute of Public Health and taught by expert faculty from around the university. In Albert, the courses can be found under the heading of University College and begin with UGPH-GU.

Please  note that there may be a few exceptions to the courses below based on specialized degree requirements within a specific major. Students will work with his/her advisor on exact global public health course requirements.

 

Core Course Descriptions

This course examines social, behavioral and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in community, national and global contexts. We will consider how health is influenced by factors such as age, gender, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Public health problems and their solutions will be analyzed in light of individual risk factors as well as larger structural forces.

This course introduces basic concepts and techniques in the analysis of public health data. It is an applied course, emphasizing use, interpretation and limits of statistical analysis. Real world examples are used as illustrations, and computer-based data analysis is integrated into the course.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and illness in human populations worldwide. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to the history, principles, and methods of epidemiology in a global context. Students will also examine epidemiological theories, analytic approaches, and tools from a global health perspective. Finally, students will develop the necessary skills to critically read, interpret, and appraise published epidemiological studies and to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize information from mass media sources.

This course introduces students to key concepts in health policy formation, implementation and evaluation in a global context. Using a comparative lens, students explore organization, financing and delivery of health care services and health systems around the world. We examine the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in delivering care and contributing to a health care infrastructure using case studies and other materials in a comparative approach. Key lessons in the implementation of new health policies and initiatives are explored across the developing world, as well as in a US as students explore health system performance, the quality and cost of care, the management of health care services, the process of health improvement and health reform. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach that employs sociological, political, economics, and ethical perspectives. The objective is to build an understanding of the fundamental ideas, issues, and problems currently debated in global health policy and management and to provide a foundation for future studies and careers in the global health field. Epidemiology in a Global World and Health and Society in a Global Context are recommended but not required pre-requisites for the course.

This course will examine some of the key issues and principles of environmental health practice. It will focus on the how environmental health issues are defined and approached by civic groups, governmental officials and researchers. It will highlight how environmental threats come to the attention of the public and weigh the options for addressing these threats. Finally, it will underscore the need for multi-disciplinary approaches in understanding these threats and crafting solutions. We will focus on prevention of environmentally mediated diseases and discuss challenges to effective prevention.

The global health undergraduate internship has a three-fold goal: It: 1) broadens the student’s exposure to public health issues, 2) facilitates opportunities for student’s to observe public health work and leadership in action, and 3) increases the student’s knowledge of specific career opportunities. The internship is a semester long course where the student engages in fieldwork (a minimum of 90 hours) and attends in-class seminar sessions. The integration of didactic and practice experiences provide the student with opportunities to critically reflect on the fieldwork experience, complete a public health project that is mutually beneficial to the student and the organization, and synthesize public health knowledge, skills, and attitudes.




Study Away in Global Public Health!

The global public health major requires students to spend one fall or spring semester away.  Though students are not required to take a public health course while they are away, we do offer many of our core courses in various GNU sites.  There are undergraduate courses in Accra, Ghana; Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, U.K.; as well as Sydney, Australia. Below is a list of courses and the GNU sites in which they are offered.  Further information about study away courses and how to register, may be found here.

This course examines social, behavioral and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in community, national and global contexts. We will consider how health is influenced by factors such as age, gender, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Public health problems and their solutions will be analyzed in light of individual risk factors as well as larger structural forces.  This course wll make use of local examples, data and experiences at the site.

 

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and illness in human populations worldwide. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to the history, principles, and methods of epidemiology in a global context. Students will also examine epidemiological theories, analytic approaches, and tools from a global health perspective. Finally, students will develop the necessary skills to critically read, interpret, and appraise published epidemiological studies and to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize information from mass media sources.  This course will make use of local examples, data and experiences at the site. 

This course introduces students to key concepts in health policy formation, implementation and evaluation in a global context. Using a comparative lens, students explore organization, financing and delivery of health care services and health systems around the world. We examine the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in delivering care and contributing to a health care infrastructure using case studies and other materials in a comparative approach. Key lessons in the implementation of new health policies and initiatives are explored across the developing world, as well as in a US as students explore health system performance, the quality and cost of care, the management of health care services, the process of health improvement and health reform. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach that employs sociological, political, economics, and ethical perspectives. The objective is to build an understanding of the fundamental ideas, issues, and problems currently debated in global health policy and management and to provide a foundation for future studies and careers in the global health field. Epidemiology in a Global World and Health and Society in a Global Context are recommended but not required pre-requisites for the course. This course will make use of examples, data and experiences at the site.

This course will examine some of the key issues and principles of environmental health practice. It will focus on the how environmental health issues are defined and approached by civic groups, governmental officials and researchers. It will highlight how environmental threats come to the attention of the public and weigh the options for addressing these threats. Finally, it will underscore the need for multi-disciplinary approaches in understanding these threats and crafting solutions. We will focus on prevention of environmentally mediated diseases and discuss challenges to effective prevention. This course will make use of local examples, data and experiences at the site.


Public Health Internship and Fellowship Opportunities (bachelor-level eligibility)


Click above to find a selection of internship and fellowship opportunities aimed specifically at undergraduate students studying public health. Please note it is not an exhaustive or pre-approved list. Internships undertaken for academic credit must be approved by the the NYU Global Institute of Public Health.


Helpful Tips

  • UGPH-GU courses are controlled courses open to majors only in the first week of registration
  • Global Public Health majors should work with their department advisors when planning their semester schedules
  • UGPH-GU courses are listed under University College in Albert

Contact Information


For information regarding specific courses and registration, please contact:
giph.registration@nyu.edu

For general inquiries, please contact:
giph.undergrad@nyu.edu

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