Global Public Health/Food Studies

Global Public Health/Food Studies

The Global Public Health/Food Studies major:

  • Provides an interdisciplinary education
  • Examines the historical, cultural, political, economic, and geographic aspects of food production, consumption, and post-consumption
  • Emphasizes the improvement of health outcomes among diverse populations

The major aligns with the Food Studies concentration’s focus on the ways in which individuals, communities, and societies relate to food within a cultural and historical context.


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

  • Food science and technology
  • Food and culture
  • Epidemiology
  • Marketing
  • Nutrition
  • Health policy

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.


NYU's Global Public Health/Food Studies major prepares students to enter a variety of careers in:

  • Advocacy
  • Policy
  • Agriculture
  • Food production
  • Public relations
  • Development
  • Advanced academic training in public health, food studies, or other related fields

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 compliment 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.