Nicholas Freudenberg

Distinguished Professor
Community Health and Social Sciences
(646) 364-9604
Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at City University of New York School of Public Health and Faculty Director of Healthy CUNY (, a university-wide effort to promote the health of CUNY students to support their academic success.
He is also Senior Faculty Fellow and co-founder of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute ( His research examines the impact of food and social policies on urban food environments and health inequalities; strategies to bring the health, social and economic benefits of a college education to more students from low income, Black, Latino and immigrant communities; and public health approaches to reduce the harmful influences of commercial determinants of health. His two most recent books are At What Cost Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health (Oxford, 2021) and Lethal but Legal Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health (Oxford, 2014 and 2016). Freudenberg was founder and first director of the CUNY School of Public Health’s Doctor of Public Health program. For the past 35 years, he has worked to plan, implement, and evaluate health policies and programs to improve living conditions and reduce health inequalities in low income communities in New York City and elsewhere.
DrPH from Columbia University, New York, NY
MPH from Columbia University, New York, NY
BS from CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY
Research Interests
urban food policy, corporate practices and health, social determinants of health inequalities, urban health, interactions between public policies and community interventions