Department: Urban Public Health


Hunter College’s School of Urban Public Health educates 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 undergraduate programs in Community Health and Nutrition and Food Science. 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.

What can I do with my degree in Community Health?

This program is designed to prepare students for work in community-based and human rights organizations, family planning clinics, mental health centers, homeless shelters, research centers, media organizations, as well as in city, state and national health departments.

What can I do with my degree in Nutrition and Food Science?

The major prepares students to work in a variety of career settings. NFS majors can work with athletes, weight control and fitness programs, special groups like WIC (Women, Infants & Children) in community settings, food service industries like hotels, airlines, universities, food service chains, and industrial cafeterias. Graduates can become food science technical specialists and conduct research, development and quality control of food products for food companies. It is also possible to use foods and nutrition knowledge for jobs in advertising, marketing and in the mass media. Students can become consultants to television programs, or write articles on food for newspapers. Students may take steps after graduation to enter a graduate didactic program in dietetics (DPD) at Hunter or elsewhere to become registered dietitians (RD), or pursue graduate study in allied health, social work, scientific research, or other human service professions.  (Note: The NFS-BS undergraduate major is not a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) and does not prepare the student to become a registered dietitian. At Hunter, the DPD is on graduate level (NUTR-MS).)

Since the MS-Nutrition curriculum meets the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), the credentialing arm of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the program will qualify students from the BS/MS accelerated track to apply for Dietetic Internships and continue their professional preparation for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.


 Programs and Courses in Community Health and Nutrition

Programs and Courses in Urban Public Health 


Silberman Campus
2180 Third Avenue (119th Street & Third Avenue, 5th floor)
New York NY 10035

Campus Director
Khursheed Navder, PhD, RDN, FAND

Room 612, (212) 396-7775

For Information Contact:
Nzinga Ajani
Silberman Campus, 119th Street, 5th fl, Dean’s Suite -or-