Undergraduate Program

Global Public Health/Applied Psychology

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 curriculum 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. 

The 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.

Global Public Health Majors at NYU

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

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. 

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.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.