Department of
Urban Health Administration
At Newark

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Rutgers School of Public Health’s Department of Urban Health Administration (URHA) webpage.  Our Department is the result of a longstanding and fruitful collaboration between two Newark-based professional schools: the Rutgers School of Public Health and  the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). Our MPH students are taught by top notch faculty in both public health and public administration.  Indeed, the SPAA faculty are ranked 7th nationally in public management and administration. 

A second strength of the department is our exceedingly diverse student population, which is perhaps the most varied in the country.  Many of our students were raised in poor urban neighborhoods and are the first in their family to have earned a college degree, some have immigrant parents or are immigrants themselves, and some students are from middle class suburban backgrounds.  The diversity of our student population adds richness and depth to the educational experience. Regardless of their background, our students are motivated to address the public health needs of U.S. urban and disadvantaged populations.

The Department of Urban Health Administration is located in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city and the 7th poorest large city in the United States.  Our location informs our mission and course of instruction. The Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences campuses are easily accessible by automobile, New Jersey transit and PATH train from Jersey City and New York City.  And, our classes are taught year-round in the evening hours for the convenience of those who work days.

If you are interested in our degree programs and desire additional information, please feel free to contact me by mail, email or phone.  Also, campus and classroom visits can be arranged on request.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey R. Backstrand, PhD
Chair, Department of Urban Health Administration
111 Washington Street, Room 128
School of Public Affairs & Administration
Rutgers University
Newark, NJ 07102-1801
p. 973-353-3800
backstjr@rutgers.edu