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About Us

Founded in 1983 within the former UMDNJ, we have locations in Newark and New Brunswick as well as hybrid and remote course options. Under the leadership of Dean Perry N. Halkitis, the school has become a leader in bioethics, cancer health disparities, climate change and planetary health, HIV, COVID-19, TB, and other infectious diseases, modern statistical methods, pharmacoepidemiology, sexual and reproductive health, LGBTQ+ health, population aging and mental health, gun violence prevention, and much more.

New Jersey’s Only Accredited School of Public Health


Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice; Health Behavior, Society, and Policy; Urban-Global Public Health

Graduate Degrees


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Options

Our Mission

To advance health and wellbeing and prevent disease throughout New Jersey, the United States, and the world, by preparing students as public health leaders, scholars, and practitioners; conducting public health research and scholarship; engaging collaboratively with communities and populations; and actively advocating for policies, programs, and services through the lens of equity and social justice.

Our Vision

A world in which all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential in terms of health and wellbeing and where solutions to public health challenges are rooted in population and individual strengths based on a commitment to equity and social justice.

Our Pillar Goals

Excellence in Education: Prepare public health leaders, practitioners, and researchers using modern pedagogical approaches to promote health in diverse communities and populations.

Impactful Scholarship: Advance public health science by growing the school’s capacity to conduct and disseminate outstanding, collaborative relevant research.

Commitment to Community Engagement: Build and sustain partnerships with communities and populations in all aspects of the school’s work.

Our Core Values


Productive and mutually beneficial partnerships within our school, across Rutgers University, and with government, businesses, non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals in the populations we serve.


State-of-the-art thinking, innovation, and discovery that improves public health approaches in the 21st century.


Celebration of background, experience, and identity among our students, faculty, staff, and the populations we serve.


Authentic partnerships with the communities and populations we serve.


Research, education, and community engagement that invoke the democratic process, equal opportunity, and social justice.


Incorporation of all voices and perspectives in all aspects of the school’s endeavors.


Ethical behavior, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and accountability.


Metrics to assess progress and growth and the timely realignment of resources.


High impact in all school activities.


Zero tolerance for any form of harassment and/or discrimination.