Global Public Health/ Nutrition & Dietetics

Global Public Health/Nutrition & Dietetics

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.

Curriculum

The curriculum provides students with an opportunity to study a variety of topics such as:

  • Food production
  • Technology
  • Epidemiology
  • Diet assessment
  • Health policy
  • Nutrition counseling.

Students will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths and to choose a study abroad experience at one of NYU Global Sites.

Careers

Global Public Health/Nutrition graduates will be well prepared for entry-level positions in:

  • Health care
  • Community programs
  • Health departments
  • Nutrition
  • School food service
  • Private practice
  • Publishing
  • Public relations
  • Other businesses that involve nutrition and public health

The major 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.

NYU Global Institute of Public Health

The NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH) crosses disciplinary boundaries to address the world’s most pressing health problems. Drawing from resources across NYU’s schools, the Institute delivers truly interdisciplinary public health education at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level.

The Institute also supports cutting-edge and collaborative research on public health issues around the world. The GIPH builds on the global reach of NYU’s unique Global Network University; draws strength from the entrepreneurial spirit of NYU’s many talented faculty and students; and serves as a conduit for groundbreaking research and education that advances and promotes equitable health for all.

The highly selective, demanding undergraduate majors in Global Public Health (GIPH) allow students to choose a course of study that is a combination of public health and an academic discipline or a professional subject area housed in one of four NYU schools:

  • College of Arts and Science 
  • College of Nursing 
  • Silver School of Social Work 
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Public Health Combined with Other Majors

Global Public Health is not a stand-alone major; rather, students in the various combined majors benefit from instructor, advisers, and courses both in their home school and from across the entire University.

The unique structure responds to the ever-increasing demand for interdisciplinary public health practitioners both in the U.S. and abroad.

The coursework is combined with experiential learning and study away requirements to ensure that students are broadly trained and uniquely prepared for a variety of careers.

Six Core Public Health Areas + Study Away

In all of these majors, students take one required course in each of the six core public health areas: 

  • Biostatistics 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Health policy 
  • Environmental health 
  • Sociobehavioral health 
  • Internship.

Students also take courses in their chosen field within Steinhardt, with the exact number of courses varying by major.

Students fill out their coursework with electives in global public health and/or the Steinhardt major field (chosen in consultation with an adviser) to complement individual interests and career paths and study of a foreign language.

Study away for one semester at an NYU Global site is a requirement of the GPH combined majors.