Support CUNY SPH Students Throughout the Pandemic

Your gift will support public health students experiencing financial emergencies.




There has never been a more critical time to invest in and support public health than right now. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the importance of training the next generation of public health leaders and first responders. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 200 CUNY SPH students and alumni have been working on the front lines in the public health and health care workforce. 

Please consider making a gift to support CUNY SPH students through the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% of funds raised will directly support the Student Emergency Fund, which provides direct, quick-response financial relief for students facing acute catastrophic life events that threaten their livelihood.

Since the start of the pandemic, nearly $50,000 has been directly re-invested in our students in the form of emergency funds to help them pay the bills, put food on the table, and ensure that they can continue their education free of interruption. 

CUNY SPH is a thought leader for public health in New York City and beyond, and the vast majority of our students go on to support the public health and medical services that New Yorkers depend on every day. We are responding to COVID-19 by:

  • Providing information, support, and public health guidance to the entire CUNY system, which includes over 625,000 students and continuous learners and more than 50,000 employees across 25 campuses

  • Generating current and relevant data through a tracking poll of New Yorkers to document how COVID-19 is impacting our city

  • Researching different dimensions of the pandemic including how it is affecting households across America, how it is spreading, and whether our efforts to slow the spread are working

  • Connecting faculty and students via distance learning, providing emergency support to students who are facing economic hardship, and sharing access to mental health care services remotely

The CUNY SPH Foundation is committed to providing essential funding to help public health students stay in school and complete their training. For our students, balancing their personal and professional lives with the demands of their academic work continues to grow more challenging as the virus closes businesses, threatens jobs, and demands an unprecedented shift to fully remote learning.

Your generosity will make a significant difference in the lives of individual students and support the future of public health in our city and beyond.

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About the Organization

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world.

Our Vision:
Promoting health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and leadership.

Our Mission:
The mission of The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy is to provide a collaborative and accessible environment for excellence in education, research, and service in public health, to promote and sustain healthier populations in New York City and around the world, and to shape policy and practice in public health for all.