Located in the heart of Manhattan, Hunter College is the largest college in the City University of New York. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. More than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter—from every walk of life and every corner of the world—pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study.
Hunter College’s School of Urban Public Health is the lead institution among the four consortial campuses that comprise the CUNY School of Public Health. The programs educate students to contribute to improving urban health by addressing problems such as HIV, substance abuse, asthma, obesity, under-nutrition, violence, heart disease and cancer. The school of offers Bachelor of Science degree programs; a Dietetic Internship; Master of Public Health and Master of Science degree programs; and Doctor of Public Health degree programs with the CUNY Graduate Center.
Hunter's School of Urban Public Health shares an eight-story, 147,000-square-foot green building on Third Avenue between East 118th and 119th Streets with the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Faculty, staff and students from both schools work closely with community organizations and health and social service agencies in East Harlem to strengthen existing and create new approaches to improving the well-being of East Harlem and other low-income communities.
Description: Community health majors develop educational skills and a sound knowledge of public health to encourage effective individual and group action designed to maintain and improve the health of people in the community. Graduates with this degree develop, implement, and coordinate programs and campaigns that promote health. They also organize communities, neighborhoods and other large groups around issues related to health and disease. The goal of those with a BS in Community Health is to find ways to help communities maintain good health, prevent disease and secure treatment.
Description: The Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) major at CUNY School of Public Health at the Hunter College campus is a diverse science-based program where students learn about food and its effect on our health. It offers a comprehensive study of the fundamental principles of food preparation and safety, nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition education. Classes are offered mornings and afternoons. NFS accepts students once a year in the fall semester.
Description: This specialization prepares students to plan, implement and evaluate community health interventions to reduce social and behavioral threats to health such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, HIV infection, infant mortality, and violence. It develops skills in planning, implementing and evaluating community health education and promotion programs. Its graduates work in local, state and federal health agencies; nonprofit health organizations; hospitals and health centers; and policy and advocacy organizations.
Description: This specialization prepares students to recognize, evaluate and control environmental and occupational threats to health. Its graduates work in local, state and federal environmental and occupational health agencies, labor unions, consulting firms, health and safety programs and businesses.
Description: This specialization prepares students to design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of urban populations. It consists of 2 specializations: one in Epidemiology and one in Biostatistics. Epidemiology students learn to understand the principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs; collaborate on applied population health research; interpret epidemiologic findings, effectively communicate research and finding to lay and professional audiences, and apply the findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Biostatistics students gain an awareness and basic understanding of advanced statistical methods and learn to apply core and intermediate level statistical methods to public health endeavors, such as data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. Graduates of both specialization are employed in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutions.
Description: This specialization prepares students to plan and manage public health programs in a variety of urban settings; analyze the impact of health and non-health policies on population health; and advocate for policies that promote the health of urban populations. It emphasizes intersectoral approaches to policy and management in urban settings and the economic dimensions of health policy. Graduates work in health and other settings as managers, policy analysts or policy advocates.
Description: This specialization prepares students to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups. Students learn to assess the nutritional needs of various populations, to plan and implement nutrition and food programs and to manage nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. The specialization offers one curriculum for those who are Registered Dietitians (RDs) and another for those without this credential. Graduates work in hospitals; clinics; community programs; local, state, or federal government health departments and in international nutrition programs.
Description: The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College offers a CCNE accredited dual-degree program in community/public health nursing leading to an MS/MPH. Students learn to apply public health theories and research findings to nursing practice with an emphasis on community health education. It prepares students who are already Registered Nurses to assume leadership roles in community health nursing in a variety of health care settings including home care, public health, and community- based agencies.
Description: This degree prepares students to assess and measure exposures to environmental and occupational hazards and to develop control strategies to remediate these exposures. It offers courses that develop the scientific framework and technical skills needed to achieve these objectives. Its graduates work as inspectors, health and safety specialists and industrial hygienists for government agencies, institutions, consulting firms and businesses.
Description: This degree prepares students to attain the RD credential. It is an accredited didactic program(DP), completion of which certifies eligibility to apply for a dietetic internship. Courses prepare students to assess nutritional needs, plan and manage food and nutrition programs and provide nutrition education and counseling in clinical settings. Graduates work for hospitals and health centers, nursing homes, food service companies and in private practices.
Description: This program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The IP provides a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience to meet the competencies for entry-level dietitians and the standards of education set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics(ACEND), the accrediting arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.