1. Career Edge - NYU High School Summer Program

Public Health

As we have witnessed this past year, the field of public health has become a focal point—one that is in demand and rapidly growing, encompassing exciting careers and opportunities, such as epidemiology, health education, public policy, global public health research, and community health. If you are considering a career or major in healthcare, public health, or biology, this course will enhance your understanding of the interplay of private and public responsibilities to maximize the health of the nation’s population. This pre-college experience will introduce you to the US healthcare system compared to those of other countries. Study the social determinants of health and lessons from prior epidemics, including the 1918 pandemic. The course also will provide an overview of moral and ethical issues in public health and analyze the responsibility of governments in areas such as maintaining individual health, providing access to care and treatment, and handling disasters. Join us as we explore this fascinating field and its opportunities.

Ideal For

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students who want to learn about the environmental, ethical, socioeconomic, and political aspects of public health

You'll Walk Away With

  • The ability to define current issues, problems, and controversies associated with public health
  • An understanding of the interconnectedness of politics, socioeconomics, and the environment in shaping health issues and improving public health
  • The skills to analyze public health disparities from human rights, ethical, and moral perspectives
  • An NYU transcript showing grade(s) earned upon completion of the course (Please note: No college credit or certificate of completion is granted for this course.)

Information Table

Students from around the world attend NYU summer programs, but only a college prep program like High School Academy provides the opportunity to explore both traditional and emerging career paths.

Projects and short assignments provide take-aways that prepare you for college classroom work, while demonstrating your newly acquired skills.

Career Edge Schedule


Application is now closed! We look forward to posting Summer 2023 information in early January 2023.

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