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Majors

Overview of the Undergraduate Program

NYU’s Global Institute of Public Health provides undergraduate students with instructors, advisers, and courses drawn from the entire University. The highly selective, demanding undergraduate majors in Global Public Health allows students to choose a course of study which is a combination of public health and a discipline housed in one of NYU's prestigious schools (GPH is not a stand-alone major). The Global Public Health majors have been approved by the New York State Department of Education and will launch Fall 2013.

The Curriculum

All students, regardless of the Global Public Health Major, take required courses in the six core public health areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health policy
  • Environmental health
  • Sociobehavioral health
  • A global public health internship

They will also take courses in their chosen major department, with the exact number of courses varying by major, and will fill out their coursework with relevant electives (in global public health and/or the major department) and study of a foreign language. Study away for one semester at an NYU Global Site is a requirement of the GPH combined majors.

 

Available Global Public Health Majors

Offered by the College of Arts and Science

Global Public Health/Anthropology

128 Credits
Bachelor of Arts

The Global Public Health/Anthropology major provides interdisciplinary training that embraces the natural convergence of society, culture and health, and draws on the Department of Anthropology’s strength in bridging the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. A major in Global Public Health/Anthropology prepares students to analyze various cultural traditions through the lens of health; to examine complex relationships within economic, political, cultural, physical and biological environments; and to apply anthropological approaches to public health problems. Students will study a variety of topics such as epidemiology, medical anthropology, health and disease, health policy, human rights and culture, and emerging diseases. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. The major is designed to prepare students for multidisciplinary careers in a variety of settings and/or for advanced academic training in public health, anthropology or other related fields.

Offered by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Global Public Health/Applied Psychology

128 Credits
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Applied Psychology major provides interdisciplinary training that bridges psychological theory, research, and practice with public health principles with the goal of improving health outcomes among diverse populations. The major links to the mission of the Department of Applied Psychology, to prepare students both to understand and to intervene in human development across contexts and cultures. A hallmark of the major is the extensive fieldwork requirement in both applied psychology and global public health, offering students the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in lectures and readings to research and other real-world experiences. Students study a wide variety of topics such as developmental, abnormal, and community psychology, sexuality, epidemiology, health policy, research methods, and group dynamics. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. NYU's Global Public Health/Applied Psychology major provides excellent preparation for graduate programs in applied psychology, psychology, public health and related areas as well as graduate programs in business and law.

Offered by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Global Public Health/Food Studies

130 Credits
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Food Studies major provides interdisciplinary training that examines the historical, cultural, political, economic, and geographic aspects of food production, consumption, and post-consumption, with an emphasis on improving health outcomes among diverse populations. The major aligns with the Food Studies Program’s focus on the ways in which individuals, communities, and societies relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Students will study a wide variety of topics such as food science and technology, food and culture, epidemiology, marketing, nutrition, and health policy. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. NYU's Global Public Health/Food Studies major prepares students to enter a variety of careers in advocacy, policy, agriculture, food production, public relations, and development as well as to pursue advanced academic training in public health, food studies, or other related fields.

Offered by the College of Arts and Science

Global Public Health/History

128 Credits
Bachelor of Arts

The Global Public Health/History major provides a unique opportunity to unite the study of human experience in relation to particular times and places with the study of health of populations around the world. The major draws on the expertise of the CAS Department of History in providing students with the tools needed to analyze and interpret many different kinds of evidence—cultural, social, economic, and political—and to organize them into a coherent whole, presented clearly in written or oral form. Students will study a variety of topics such as environmental history, ethnicity, sexuality, epidemiology, health policy, gender, and social movements. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. NYU's Global Public Health/History major provides a unique set of skills that may be applied in a variety of careers including law, teaching, public health, business, film, international affairs, and medicine and science.

Offered by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Global Public Health/Media, Culture & Communication

128 Credits
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Media, Culture & Communication (MCC) major bridges the sociological, political and cultural aspects of communication technologies and systems with public health principles in order to effectively examine strategies for improving the health of populations around the world. The major aligns with the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication’s emphasis on the intersections of media, culture, and communication as crucial to understanding and navigating an increasingly globally connected world. Students will study a variety of topics such as epidemiology, media culture, politics, health policy, technology, and ethics. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. NYU's Global Public Health/MCC major offers undergraduate students a theoretical foundation and practical experience to prepare for entry into a wide range of career fields and graduate study. Popular industry options include: advertising and marketing, public relations, broadcasting (TV and radio), publishing, film (in the areas of development, distribution, production and promotion), and non-profit and government organizations. Global Public Health/MCC graduates may also pursue graduate study in areas such as law, business administration, education, public health, social work, and journalism.

Offered by the College of Nursing

Global Public Health/Nursing

130 Credits (Traditional); 82 Credits (Accelerated*)
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Nursing major combines the longstanding excellence in nursing education at NYU with a more in-depth perspective in public health approaches. The major aligns with the College of Nursing’s mission of continuous progress in scholarly excellence and in innovations that advance humane and quality healthcare for all people. Students will study a variety of topics such as mental health, epidemiology, health assessment and promotion, health policy, acute care, psychiatrics pediatric nursing, research, and leadership. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. Global Public Health/Nursing graduates will be well-prepared for exciting careers in a variety of settings, including community and governmental organizations, clinical healthcare settings , and educational/research institutions. Students who complete the Global Public Health/Nursing degree will complete all the same nursing major courses and clinical hours as in the existing state approved nursing major at NYU and will therefore meet all licensing requirements for the B.S. in Nursing as approved by the NYS Education Department.

*Students with a baccalaureate degree in another field who have successfully completed prerequisite courses in nutrition, chemistry (with lab), statistics, anatomy and physiology), microbiology, and developmental psychology can enter the College of Nursing, and complete the Bachelor of Science combined degree program in 5 semesters of full time study (including summer)completing 82 credits. Students are admitted to the College as undergraduates with the following advanced standing credits: 44 credits in the liberal arts based on having a bachelor's degree and 20 credits in the science and prerequisite requirements that are completed prior to matriculation to the College of Nursing.

Offered by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Global Public Health/Nutrition & Dietetics

128 Credits
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Nutrition & Dietetics major prepares students to apply current knowledge, policy, and research about food and nutrition toward the improvement of the health of populations locally and around the world. The major aligns with the mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program to educate students on the role of food, nutrition, and health in society. Students will study a variety of topics such as food production, technology, epidemiology, diet assessment, health policy, and nutrition counseling. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. Global Public Health/Nutrition graduates will be well-prepared for entry-level positions in health care, community programs, health departments, school food service, private practice, publishing, public relations, or other businesses that involve nutrition and public health. It also offers preparation for dietetic internships that enable students to become eligible to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), as well as further graduate work in nutrition, public health, or other related disciplines.

Offered by the Silver School of Social Work

Global Public Health/Sociology

135 Credits
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Social Work major allows students to unite two complimentary disciplines in one undergraduate experience to address some of the world’s most complex health and social challenges. The major aligns with the mission of the Silver School of Social Work to educate professionals in a global perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities and to provide leadership in the development of knowledge relevant to social work practice in complex urban environments. Students will study a variety of topics such as health policy, epidemiology, immigration, refugee health, welfare programs, trauma, religion and HIV/AIDs. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. Global Public Health/Social Work graduates are well prepared for diverse careers in healthcare settings, schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, as well as for further studies at the graduate level.

Offered by the College of Arts and Science

Global Public Health/Sociology

128 Credits
Bachelor of Arts

The Global Public Health/Sociology major prepares students to study social structures and interactions through the lens of public health issues and principles. The major draws on the Department of Sociology’s strength in theoretical creativity and substantive empirical research on important social issues. Students will study a variety of topics such as race and epidemiology, health policy, ethnicity, gender, immigration, wealth and poverty, family dynamics, and social policy. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. Global Public Health/Sociology graduates may go on to a diverse array of careers in law, health, public administration, and social service, as well as further graduate study in sociology, public health, or other related disciplines.

Offered by the College of Arts and Science

Concentration in Biology: 132 Credits
Concentration in Chemistry: 136 Credits
Concentration in Pre-Health: 128 Credits
Bachelor of Science

The Global Public Health/Science major provides a unique opportunity for students to explore cutting-edge science and how those developments can help address some of the world’s most complex health challenges. The major draws from the College of Arts and Science expertise and innovative approaches to the sciences. Students in the Global Public Health/Science select one of three concentrations: Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Health. Students will study a variety of topics such as infectious diseases, virology, immunology, genomics, health policy, epidemiology, and toxicology. Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. Global Public Health/Science graduates will be well prepared to pursue professional studies in medicine, dentistry, public health, and nutrition, as well as academic and research positions.

 

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