Combined Majors in Global Public Health (2022 - 2024)
The six core GPH courses below (required of all majors) are offered by the School of Global Public Health and are taught by expert faculty from throughout GPH.
Note: in the GPH/biology concentration, students substitute Biostatistics (BIOL-UA 42) for UGPH-GU 20 (see details under program of study).
CAS students are allowed to count 16 points from the other schools of the University toward the baccalaureate degree. Four of the six core UGPH-GU courses required for the combined GPH majors are treated as liberal arts courses and therefore do not count against the 16-point allowance: UGPH-GU 10, 20, 30, and 50. (These four courses are exempt from the 16-point rule both for declared GPH majors and also for CAS students who simply take one or more of them as electives.) The two required GPH core courses UGPH-GU 40 and 60 are not exempt from the 16-point rule, and together use up 8 points of each student’s 16-point allowance. Any other UGPH-GU courses besides 10, 20, 30, and 50 will also count against the 16 points.
Students may request additional non-CAS, non-liberal arts credits beyond the 16-point limit through the College Advising Center, 726 Broadway, 7th floor; 212-998-8130.
No UGPH-GU courses can count toward the 64 credits that internal or external transfer students are required to complete in CAS (-UA) courses.
School of Global Public Health Core Courses
Health and Society in a Global Context
UGPH-GU 10 4 points.
Social, behavioral, and cultural factors that affect public health in community, national, and global contexts. 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 are analyzed in light of individual risk factors as well as larger structural forces.
Biostatistics for Public Health
UGPH-GU 20 Prerequisite or corequisite: Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10). 4 points.
Basic concepts and techniques in the analysis of public health data. Emphasizes applications and the use, interpretation, and limits of statistical analysis. Real world examples are used as illustrations. Integrates computer-based data analysis.
Epidemiology for Global Health
UGPH-GU 30 Prerequisite or corequisite: Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10). 4 points.
Distribution and determinants of health and illness in human populations worldwide. Examines epidemiological theories, analytic approaches, and methods. Emphasizes critical interpretation and appraisal of epidemiological studies and evaluation and synthesis of information from mass media sources.
Health Policy in a Global World
UGPH-GU 40 Prerequisite or corequisite: Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10). Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: Epidemiology for Global Health (UGPH-GU 30). 4 points.
Comparative exploration of organization, financing, and delivery of health care services and health systems. Examines the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in delivering care and contributing to a health care infrastructure. Sociological, political, economic, and ethical perspectives.
Environmental Health in a Global World
UGPH-GU 50 Prerequisite or corequisite: Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10). 4 points.
Highlights how environmental threats come to the attention of the public and weighs the options for addressing these threats. Underscores the need for multi-disciplinary approaches in understanding these threats and crafting solutions. Focuses on prevention of environmentally mediated diseases and discusses challenges to effective prevention.
Undergraduate Experiential Learning in Global Public Health
UGPH-GU 60 Prerequisites: Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10), Biostatistics for Public Health (UGPH-GU 20), and Epidemiology for Public Health (UGPH-GU 30). 4 points.
Requires a minimum of 90 hours of fieldwork. Consult the website of the NYU School of Global Public Health (publichealth.nyu.edu) for full details and options, including NYU study away versions of the course.
School of Global Public Health Elective Courses
New electives are added regularly. For the most updated list of electives, please visit the GPH website at publichealth.nyu.edu.
Behavioral Risk Taking in the Global Context
UGPH-GU 35 4 points.
How behaviors associated with health risks are shaped by, and in turn shape, larger social contexts. Successes and challenges of various interventions and programs. Biomedical consequences, epidemiology, and global public health approaches.
Public Health Entrepreneurial Ventures
UGPH-GU 80 Prerequisites: Epidemiology for Global Health (UGPH-GU 30) and Health Policy in a Global World (UGPH-GU 40). 4 points.
Creating sustainable and scalable public health business models, either as stand-alone entities or within a larger corporation, to address public health needs.
Topics in Public Health: Controversies and Debates
UGPH-GU 90 4 points.
Should we mandate vaccination, limit smoking in public places, try to change eating and drinking habits, or introduce stricter traffic safety measures? Do such initiatives infringe on personal rights or stigmatize certain groups? Social, medical, and ethical examination of 150 years of public health debates in the U.S.
Public Health Research Seminar
UGPH-GU 100 Prerequisites: Biostatistics for Public Health (UGPH-GU 20) and Epidemiology for Global Health (UGPH-GU 30). 4 points.
Research design and methods: peer-reviewed literature and disciplinary theory, constructing conceptual models, framing research questions, and analysis of quantitative data for a final paper.
History of Medicine
UGPH-GU 158 Identical to HIST-UA 158. 4 points.
The impact of infectious disease and epidemics throughout American history. Considers medical research and practice, as well as effects of disease upon different segments of the population.
College of Arts and Science Courses
For descriptions of the CAS courses that are required for the combined global public health majors, please see the relevant departmental sections of this Bulletin.