Steinhardt Launches Undergraduate B.S. Program in Public Health

Next year NYU Steinhardt will launch an undergraduate program (B.S.) in public health, one of the first of its kind in the country. The program will prepare students for careers in local and state health departments, health care organizations, and human service agencies.

Students will study statistics, epidemiology, public health nutrition, and global issues. The program provides a broad overview of the field and enables students to explore particular health conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and obesity. It culminates in a semester long internship in one of the many national and international organizations involved in public health in New York City.

“Our new public health program builds on the enormous strengths that NYU and New York City have to offer,” said Diana Silver, assistant professor of public health and director of the program. “Given the set of public health challenges facing us all, and the need for a sophisticated, talented, and well-prepared workforce, I can think of no better place to explore the field.”

Public health is rapidly becoming one of the top five new undergraduate majors in the country. The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in collaboration with NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, currently offers a public health and policy minor for undergraduate students, as well as an Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree.

To learn more about the program and its admissions policies, visit the NYU Steinhardt website at

Photo: Diana Silver, director of the new undergraduate program in public health.