Global Programs

Global Issues in Public Health

Location: Puebla, Mexico
Dates: January 5 - 19, 2014


Examine the impact of transnational migration on issues of community public health in Puebla, Mexico, a state of particular relevance to New York as more than half of Mexican immigrants in New York City are natives of Puebla.

This course provides students interested in immigrant and international health an opportunity to examine the impact of migration on health. The geographic focus of this class is Puebla, Mexico; a state of particular relevance to New York as more than half of Mexican immigrants in New York City originate from Puebla. Students attend lectures and seminars on a variety of issues including: major factors affecting Poblano health, traditional health practices, and aspects of Mexico's general health care system. Additionally, students visit various public health and health care sites such as hospitals, clinics, and community based organizations. During these visits students meet with key health officials who are driving health initiatives and residents whose communities are being impacted by migration. This program is run in coordination with faculty and staff from the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP).

Puebla is located in central Mexico, two hours by bus from Mexico City. It is one of the safest cities in Mexico and has remained largely unaffected by narcotics-related violence.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for this program.  Qualified upper-level undergraduates (seniors with 96+ earned credits only) with related course work may be considered and will require approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor.


PUHE-GE 2317 Section 095 (Class number 15951) - Global Issues in Public Health (3 Points)

Offered through Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

Draft of 2010 course syllabus: E33.2317.095


Yumary Ruiz, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor & Public Health Internship Director, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health


Students will stay in a hotel in downtown Puebla, arranged by our office.
Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees

If an undergraduate participant enrolls in an undergraduate course number, his/her tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point.  2014 Undergraduate Tuition: $1,251 per point plus registration and services fees.

This course counts toward your Spring 2014 courseload and tuition.

2014 Housing Fee: $600

2014 Activity Fee: $300

The final Housing and Activity Fee payment is due to the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs by November 20, 2013.  Tuition for the course is separate and will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2014. (click here for Bursar's Payment Deadline Dates)

International Airfare is not included.  Students must purchase their own tickets.
Recommended Airfare Search Engines: Vayama, Kayak, Bing

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Students should expect to arrive on Sunday, January 5th with a departure on Sunday, January 19th. 

Students should purchase round-trip airfare to Mexico City or Puebla. There are direct flights from New York to Puebla (Hermanos Serdan Puebla Airport -- PBC), or students can fly into Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and take a 90-minute bus to Puebla.

"Estrella Roja" (Red Star) is the bus line that runs every 30 minutes between Mexico City's airport and Puebla. The last busto Puebla departs at 11PM. Schedules can be found at "Estrella Roja" offers service to two terminals in Puebla: the CAPU (Central de Autobuses de Puebla) and the more convenient "4 Poniente". The approximate cost for the bus ticket is $17 USD or 170 Mexican Pesos.

Passport: Valid passport required for US citizens. Please note that your passport must have at least six months validation beyond the day of the intended entry into the country of travel.  All other passport holders should check with their respective travel requirements.

Visa: No visa is required of US citizens. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful Links: Mexican Embassy, US State Department, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide


Warm, sunny days (70º-80º F, or 21º-26º C) and chilly nights (40º-50º F, or 5º-10º C) mean you'll need layers of clothing. There is almost no precipitation from November through March.

Helpful links: BBC Weather

For More Information

Academic Content: Dr. Yumary Ruiz, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, 35 West 4th Street, 10th fl, New York, NY 10003-6677; (212) 998-5456;

Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003-6680; (212) 992-9380;