Resources for Gradudate Students


Every semester the CUNY Urban Health Collaborative lists courses related to urban health at the Graduate Center, Hunter College’s Urban Public Health program, the Brooklyn College public health program, Baruch’s School of Public Policy, and at Lehman and Queens Colleges. These listings include existing courses in the Graduate Center’s health psychology, medical anthropology or medical sociology sequences; public health courses in the Masters programs at other campuses; and special doctoral urban health courses such as Society, Cities and Health and Social Epidemiology. These courses allow doctoral students in disciplines such as anthropology, criminal justice, economics, political science, psychology, social welfare, sociology, or urban education to explore urban health issues. The most recent listings can be found here.

In the last few years, the UHC has also offered several new courses on urban health. These include:

Health, Society, and Cities - This course will examine the health of urban populations in the United States in the post-World War II period. The course will assess the impact of social, economic, demographic, political and environmental changes on the health of urban residents and the implications of these changes for public health interventions. Students will read relevant literature from a variety of disciplines including public health, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, and economics and write a paper based on an investigation of a specific urban health problem.

Interdisciplinary Urban Health Research - This course prepares students to investigate causes and solutions to complex urban health problems such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, depression, substance abuse, violence and others. The course will examine the value and limits of using multilevel models to study the causes and consequences of urban health problems and familiarize learners with approaches to combining methods from different disciplines within a single research project. Students will prepare a proposal for a research study that uses at least two methods to collect relevant data and examines an urban health problem from at least two disciplinary perspectives. This is one of the core courses in PhD Urban Health and Society concentration.


(Formerly the “Health and Society” concentration) Concentrations allow more in-depth study of an interdisciplinary area. These courses are designed to provide historical, theoretical, and critical perspectives on health and society, with a focus on health and cities. The concentration’s multi- and interdisciplinary approach enables students to bring a new outlook to their own research, apply their disciplines’ training to the resolution of health problems, and understand more fully the implications of the work done in their disciplines on health policy and related social issues. For more information, contact Professor Suzanne Ouellette at or visit the Urban Health and Society website


Some doctoral students want to pursue a Masters in Public Health degree as they work towards their doctorate. This sequence prepares students for academic careers in health and social sciences and research positions in health agencies. To date, formal agreements for pursuing an MPH and PhD have been reached between the Program in Urban Public Health at Hunter College and the doctoral programs in sociology and environmental psychology. In consultation with their doctoral adviser and a faculty adviser from the Hunter College Masters in Public Health program, students take 30-36 additional credits for the MPH. In some cases, certain courses can meet the requirements of both degrees. To learn more about the MPH/PhD pathway, contact Susan Saegert at or Nicholas Freudenberg at


Several CUNY research centers have affiliated with the Urban Health Collaborative and offer field placements and opportunities for doctoral research. These include the Center for Human Environments at the Graduate Center, the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College, and the Brookdale Center on Aging, the Center on Urban and Community Health, and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at Hunter College.