Urban — Global Public Health

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the Rutgers School of Public Health!

An increasing proportion of people around the world reside in urban areas. Cities offer both challenges and opportunities for improving people’s health and lives. As Jane Jacobs, author of “The Life and Death of Great American Cities” noted: “A vigorous culture capable of making corrective, stabilizing changes depends heavily on its educated people, and especially upon their critical capacities and depth of understanding.” The Urban-Global Public Health faculty and staff are committed to developing those capacities and understandings and are proud to be based in Newark, NJ.

In the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, you will find faculty and staff that are committed to:

  • Excellence in teaching and training the next generation of public health leaders and providing opportunities for students to experience practica to develop their professional skills;
  • Innovative research, conducted in true partnership with communities, focused on making a measurable difference in the lives of urban and global populations that experience inequities that often lead to health disparities; and
  • Programs and policy responses that advance health and recognize the intersection of health with numerous systems, such as housing, employment, education, and the legal system

Within the Department, students will develop quantitative and qualitative research skills to characterize health status and disparities in urban and global populations, learn to analyze how diverse urban and global factors and environments influence health status, and apply theories and scientific evidence to develop and assess programs and strategies with urban and global populations -- all through innovative coursework and practicum.

The Department includes opportunities for expanding public health training by completing concentrations or certificates in:


Areas of excellence in the Department include sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, TB and infectious diseases, LGBTQ health, environmental health and justice, tobacco control, substance use, occupational health, mental health, nutrition, and maternal and child health.

I am thrilled to serve as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health. Throughout my career, I have been and continue to be fully committed to improving public health with a focus on health as a human right and have had the opportunity to work in both academic and non-profit settings, most recently as the Vice President of Education at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

I look forward to our work together!

Leslie M. Kantor, PhD, MPH
Chair, Department of Urban-Global Public Health
Professor, Clinical Practice
Director, Urban Public Health Concentration