The CUNY School of Public Health will be restructured as a unified graduate school, a move that will bring together its resources, finances, faculty and governance under a resolution approved November 23 by the University’s Board of Trustees. The resolution calls for a transition from the school’s existing consortial model, including five units, to a unified graduate school. It will be renamed the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.
Many organization and experts lauded the restructuring including Dr. Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, and Mr. James S. Marks, executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The CUNY Board’s decision to transition the CUNY School of Public Health from a consortial or collaborative model — a structure rare among U.S. public health schools — to a free-standing institution, comes as it seeks its first re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Health, a process key to ensuring the value of the school’s degrees. It is currently one of only two out of 56 CEPH-accredited “collaborative” schools.
Dean Ayman El-Mohandes said: “The unified Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, situated in the heart of Harlem, promises to consolidate its resources in the service of communities with the greatest health needs in New York City, and train the next generation of public health leaders dedicated to serving these communities.”