Mailman School of Public Health

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Mailman School of Public Health
Established 1922 (Institute), 1945 (School)
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Dean Linda Fried
Degrees MPH, MS, DrPH, PhD
Enrollment 823 students (2005)

The Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) offers education in six tracks of public health: Environmental Health, Sociomedical Sciences, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology and Population and Family Health. Specialties within these tracks include Forced Migration and Health, Global Health, and Health Promotion. It's located in the 20-story Allan Rosenfeld Building on the Medical Center campus, and is the only accredited school of public health in New York City. It has the second-highest research revenue of any Columbia school, on which it supports itself independently. There also instances of MSPH supporting student groups on campus, as it does for the Barnard Columbia Undergraduate Public Health Society.

Lately, the Mailman School has been spiced up by the presence of Jeffrey Sachs on the faculty list and Chelsea Clinton and Christy Turlington in the student body.


The school's founding was sparked by a 1909 College of Physicians and Surgeons call for a "new public health" that would integrate the medical and social sciences. In 1922, Joseph DeLamar belatedly answered the request with a $9 million bequest to start the DeLamar Institute of Public Health. The Institute evolved into the School of Public Health by 1945.

In 1939, the school agreed to share a building with New York City's Public Health Department on 168th St., beginning a period of cooperation between the school and the city government.

In 1992, it became financially independent of the Faculty of Medicine, and was bolstered by a $33 million gift from Joseph L. Mailman in 1999. The independent Faculty of Public Health was founded in 2000, further distancing the school from the Medical Center core.


  1. Biostatistics Department
  2. Environmental Health Sciences Department
  3. Epidemiology Department
  4. Health Policy and Management Department
  5. Population and Family Health Department
  6. Sociomedical Sciences Department

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