Population & Family Health
The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health focuses on the health needs and rights of diverse populations in both settled and displaced communities across the globe. Concentrating on underserved populations, we prepare students to work in public health programs as well as advocacy and policy initiatives that facilitate the development, testing, and adoption of best practices in the field.
Our faculty members are recognized national and international leaders in the fields of:
- Reproductive and sexual health and sexuality
- Humanitarian assistance/Forced migration
- Child, adolescent, and family health
- Global health
- Human rights
- Demography and population sciences
The Department considers the areas of education, research, and service delivery to be highly interdependent; we have a long, proud history of service-based research, including translational and applied research. Our faculty and students work in numerous locations in the U.S. and globally - in our Upper Manhattan neighborhood, throughout the nation, and in more than 60 countries worldwide. Students interact closely with faculty and staff, learning from their extensive expertise in research, healthcare services, health education programs, and analyses of the impact of social policy and human rights violations on global health.
By providing our students with a robust academic experience that combines theoretical understanding of the complex factors that affect local and global health with skills-based training, we prepare our graduates to “hit the ground running” in their roles as researchers, practitioners, policy advocates, and evaluators and, quite often, to become leaders in their field. (Learn about the Department's work experience requirement.)