Centers & Institutes

CUNY School of Public Health conducts research and implementation through its centers and institutes, many of which are affiliated with institutions both within and outside of the CUNY network.

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute provides evidence to inform urban and municipal food policy, making equitable access to healthy, affordable food a priority; promoting intersectoral perspectives that link nutrition, health, and sustainable community and workforce development; and engaging CUNY faculty and students in food policy research and action.

To achieve its mission, the Institute:

  • Develops, improves, and evaluates policies and programs that support nutrition and health equity;
  • Promotes economic growth and social justice through a food sector that supports good jobs, health, and sustainable urban environments;
  • Convenes and supports CUNY faculty and students with interests in food policy, food studies and food justice;
  • Improves food security and nutritional well-being for CUNY students and staff;
  • Advances fair and effective urban food policies for New York, the nation and globally in partnership with public officials, community organizations, and academics.

Institute Director:
Nick Freudenberg

Research Director:
Nevin Cohen.

SPH affiliated faculty:
Sandra Echeverria
Chris Palmedo
Emma Tsui

Affiliated faculty from other CUNY colleges:
Felix Cardona, Hostos Community College
Hector Cordero-Guzman, Baruch College, Graduate Center
Alyshia Galvez, Lehman College
Janet Poppendieck, Hunter College


CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health

The central mission of the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH) is to translate research into sustainable, cost-effective population-level interventions, strategies, initiatives, and policies with the potential to improve health and reduce health disparities at scale around the world. We do this by understanding biological mechanisms, subtypes and major drivers of disease, identifying program/service/policy implementation gaps driving suboptimal health outcomes at the population level, and by designing and conducting rigorous experimental and observational studies of the impact of strategies aimed at improving population health outcomes. We rigorously assess the effectiveness of these strategies when implemented at scale. Given that many forces shape population health, including those outside the health sector (e.g., political, economic, sociologic, environmental, demographic), we seek and generate knowledge, collaboration and expertise to achieve our mission of improved population health through better implementation.

Executive Director:
Denis Nash, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology

SPH affiliated faculty:
Christian Grov
Daliah Heller
Ashish Joshi
Elizabeth Kelvin
Grace Sembajwe
Levi Waldron
Hongbin Zhang

Affiliated faculty from other CUNY colleges:
Sarit Golub, Hunter
Renee Goodwin, Queens College
Nancy Sohler, Sophie Davis School of Medicine


Healthy CUNY Initiative

This initiative is a collaboration with the University Student Senate. Designed by CUNY students, faculty and staff, the goal is to make the City University of New York the healthiest urban university in the United States. Acknowledging the strong connection between educational achievement and health, Healthy CUNY seeks to ensure that students leave college healthier, and better able to protect their future health, than when they entered.

SPH affiliated faculty:
Nicholas Freudenberg
Spring Cooper
Daliah Heller
Chris Palmedo