Making a Difference

Most students enter public health because they want to make a difference –contribute to healthier communities and populations, develop more effective programs and policies, or conduct public health research that can lead to better health. The CUNY School of Public Health offers these opportunities and more. Students complete field placements or practica at the more than 100 organizations that accept our students for placement. Given the size and diversity of New York City, CUNY’s deep roots in the city, and the many national and international organizations headquartered here, students can usually find a placement that gives them the opportunity to work on any health problem, with any population in any setting they seek. Many students work with faculty on research projects or at the eight research centers and institutes with which public health faculty are affiliated. All students learn from their classmates whose diverse academic, professional and personal backgrounds bring New York City and the world into every classroom.