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Combined Global Public Health/Social Work Major

The global public health/social work major combines the longstanding excellence in social work education at NYU with an in-depth perspective in public health approaches. The major aligns with the Silver School of Social Work’s mission of continuous progress in scholarly excellence and commitment to social justice, diversity, and helping people in need. Students will study a variety of topics and will also work closely with an adviser to select the right mix of electives to compliment individual interests and career paths. Global public health/social work graduates will be well prepared for exciting careers in a variety of settings, including community and governmental organizations, clinical healthcare settings, social service agencies, and educational/research institutions. Students who complete the global public health/social work degree will complete all the same social work courses and internship hours as in the Council on Social Work Education-approved major at NYU and will therefore meet all requirements for the B.S. in social work as approved by CSWE.

The NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH) crosses disciplinary boundaries to address the world’s most pressing health problems. Drawing from resources across NYU’s schools, the Institute delivers truly interdisciplinary public health education at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The Institute also supports cutting-edge and collaborative research on public health issues around the world. The GIPH builds on the global reach of NYU’s unique Global Network University; draws strength from the entrepreneurial spirit of NYU’s many talented faculty and students; and serves as a conduit for groundbreaking research and education that advances and promotes equitable health for all.

The highly selective, demanding undergraduate majors in global public health (GPH) allows students to choose a course of study that is a combination of public health and an academic discipline housed in one of the seven NYU partner schools (GPH is not a stand-alone major), and also provides them with instructors, advisers, and courses drawn from the entire University. This unique bi-disciplinary structure responds to the ever-increasing demand for interdisciplinary public health practitioners both in the U.S. and abroad. The coursework is combined with experiential learning and study away opportunities to ensure that students are broadly trained and uniquely prepared for a variety of careers.

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Course Grid

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