The CUNY School of Public Health is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world.


Employing the resources of the nation’s largest and most diverse urban university, the school seeks to create new models of public health education. The school’s four consortial campuses bring together students and faculty from throughout CUNY’s academic and professional programs, engaging with practitioners, researchers, activists, community residents and policymakers from many sectors of New York City—a global city that faces many of the world’s most serious health problems, yet also serves as a cradle of public health innovation.


In May 2013, Dr. Ayman A.E. El-Mohandes, an internationally recognized leader in the field of public health, was named dean of the CUNY School of Public Health, effective Sept. 2, 2013. El-Mohandes is a pediatrician, epidemiologist and academician with a deep commitment to public service. He served as dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 2009. He is an established researcher in the field of infant mortality reduction in minority populations and he was supported by the NIH between 1994 and 2009 to conduct community-based interventions with pregnant women and new mothers in underserved communities.

Guiding Principles

Informed by the values of public health, social justice and democracy, the school seeks to become a platform for collaboration to:

  • Examine the causes of and solutions to serious health problems;
  • Engage the public in an ongoing dialogue on public health policy; and
  • Develop a workforce with the capacity to plan and implement health-promoting programs and policies.


To realize its mission, the school partners with communities, nonprofit and private organizations and government at all levels to build capacities and create the conditions necessary for people to lead healthier lives. During its first decade, the school will focus on fulfilling four broad, interrelated goals that reflect major health challenges in our current era:

  • Creating healthier cities
  • Promoting healthy aging through the lifespan
  • Preventing chronic diseases and improving their management
  • Promoting health equity