In November 2015 the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the creation of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) as an independent school within the CUNY system, transitioning from its former incarnation as a consortial school encompassing public health programs from Lehman, Brooklyn, and Hunter Colleges, as well as the Graduate Center.  Five months later, in April 2016, the new CUNY SPH received accreditation for a full seven years from its accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health.

A rapid burst of development followed the creation of the independent school, with the launch of two CUNY-wide institutes (The CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute) and three centers of excellence (the Center for Innovation in Mental Health, the Center for Immigration, Refugee, and Global Public Health, and the Center for Systems and Community Design), a streamlined and updated curriculum with a new focus on online learning, and dramatic growth in research activity. The CUNY SPH research program currently ranks third among CUNY graduate schools in research funding, even though it is the newest and by far the smallest of these schools.

CUNY SPH is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems around the world.  Our vision is “Promoting health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and leadership,” and as representatives of their communities, our students bring to bear their cultural knowledge and experience needed to address a new era of public health issues.