Updates on COVID-19

From the Dean

Black lives matter.

“I write to acknowledge the pain and grief we are all feeling today, and to ask you to use this moment to strengthen your resolve and not fall into despair. Our role as a public health community is more central than ever in fighting social injustice: in these dark times, change is only possible from the ground up and we all will play a role in making it happen.” Read the full statement from Dean Ayman El-Mohandes. >

Opportunities for Students

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COVID-19 Job Opportunities

CUNY SPH is partnering with various agencies to help fill COVID-19 contact tracing and other job opportunities with New York City, New York State, the CDC, and others. CUNY SPH students are highly encouraged to apply. >

Academic Continuity

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CUNY Credit/No Credit Policy

As part of CUNY’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Spring 2020 semester, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of the (A-F) letter grades they earn in their classes to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading. Please review guidance on this policy posted on the CUNY’s website. >

Resources for Faculty

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Blackboard help for faculty

Sergio Costa, Director of Online Learning, will host weekly virtual drop-in sessions for faculty and instructors via Zoom to answer questions about Blackboard instruction. Sessions will be every Wednesday through May 20, at 11am ET. >

Virtual Commencement

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2020 Virtual Commencement

This year’s virtual commencement ceremony will feature a keynote address from Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Natalia Kanem, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science in Public Health degree. Brief remarks will also be delivered by CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos, APHA President Georges Benjamin, and ASPPH President, Laura Magaña, along with a special greeting from Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. Student honors will be presented, and every graduate will be acknowledged. >

Press Clips

In an op-ed in the New York Daily News, CUNY SPH Distinguished Professor Nick Freudenberg, PhD student Erinn Bacchus, and and Graduate Center Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine urge officials to strengthen, not weaken CUNY in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “In this crisis, our students need and deserve more from us, not less,” they write.

Visit our press clips page to view this story and see all the ways our faculty and students are contributing knowledge and insight to the understanding of COVID-19.>

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If you feel sick

If you feel sick, please follow the NYC Department of Health guidelines:

  • If you are sick, stay home at all times. If you do not feel better in three to four days, consult your health care provider. Call, text, use telemedicine or use your patient portal to contact your physician.
  • Do not go to the emergency department or other places to seek health care if you are not severely ill. Stay home and keep health care access available for others with more severe illness.
  • If you need help getting medical care, call 311. You can get care in NYC regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
  • You can leave your home when all of the following are true:
    • It has been seven days after your symptoms started.
    • You have not had a fever for three days without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
    • Your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved.

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy reaffirms our commitment to diversity and reminds our campus community that we promote and support a culture of civility, respect, and inclusion.  As we respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, it is essential that we remain supportive of all members of our campus community during these challenging times.

Discriminatory behavior based on misinformation, assumptions, and prejudice against persons of a specific race or ethnicity will not be tolerated, and any member of the campus community who believes that they are being treated in a discriminatory manner is encouraged to contact the Chief Diversity Officer Sahana Gupta at 646-618-0129 or sahana.gupta@cuny.edu.