Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Coordinates: 40°50′33″N 73°56′36″W / 40.84261°N 73.9432°W / 40.84261; -73.9432

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Former names
The DeLamar Institute of Public Health at Columbia University
Graduate school
School of Public Health
Established1922 (1922)
Parent institution
Columbia University
DeanLinda P. Fried
Academic staff
The entrance to the Allan Rosenfield Building (2014)

Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, is the public health graduate school of Columbia University. Located at 722 West 168th Street on the Columbia University Medical Center campus in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a school of public health recognized by the Council on Education for Public Health. The Mailman School is considered a preeminent school of public health in the United States. The School of Public Health began in 1922 as the DeLamar Institute of Public Health.[1] It became an official school within the university in 1945. In 1999, following a $33 million grant from the Joseph L. Mailman Foundation, the school was renamed the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health.[2]

As of 2015, the school is ranked in the top five in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report.[3] Currently, the school enrolls over 1,400 students and is one of the largest recipients for sponsored research pertaining to public health.[2]



Linda P. Fried is Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health. A researcher of healthy aging and longevity, her work helped define the syndrome of frailty. She designed Experience Corps, a program in 22 cities that puts older volunteers to work in public schools, yielding benefits to all generations. Fried has been recognized by Congress as “a living legend in medicine”.[4]

477 faculty members work in over 100 countries, as well as in the Northern Manhattan community. Their research areas include climate and health, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, healthy aging, maternal health, mental health, environmental toxins and children's environmental health, climate and health, epigenetics, the human microbiome, the history and ethics of public health, healthcare reform and how to strengthen healthcare systems, among many other critical issues.

Department Chairs

  • Biostatistics - F. DuBois Bowman, PhD
  • Epidemiology - Charles Branas, PhD
  • Environmental Health Sciences - Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Health Policy and Management - Michael S. Sparer, PhD, JD
  • Population and Family Health - Terry McGovern, JD
  • Sociomedical Sciences - James Colgrove, PhD (interim)


  • 1,404 students
  • 86% master's students
  • 14% doctoral students
  • 44 states represented
  • 52 countries represented
  • 23% non-U.S. citizens
  • 46% ethnic/racial minorities

Educational ProgramsEdit

According to the School's facts and figures webpage,[5] the school offers MPH, MHA, MS, PhD, and DrPH degrees. The School's educational offerings include 10 dual degree programs with other schools at Columbia University. Every year, students can access more than 300 classes at the Mailman School and can also take classes at the other schools of Columbia University. The school has an excellent student-teacher ratio with a median class size of 24 participants.

The School has reported excellent job placement results; 96% of its master-level graduates were employed in Public Health or Health Care (88% of respondents) or continuing their studies in graduate school (8% of respondents) just six months after graduation.[6] Of the remaining 4% of graduates, half were not seeking a job by choice and only 2% of the respondents were still seeking. The overall average salary 6 months after graduation was $77,495 annually.[6]


In 2012, the School redesigned and implemented a new Master of Public Health (MPH)[7] that has since been indicated as a model at other schools in the United States and worldwide.[8] The new MPH program is designed to meet the challenges of the times, such as globalization, urbanization, population aging, and health disparities. To accomplish this, the programs gives students a global perspective on health; trains them across disciplines; imparts a “life-course” approach to disease prevention that looks across the lifespan; and teaches critical thinking and leadership skills that empower them to turn science into action.[9] In the words of Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, the revamped MPH curriculum has provided a new approach to "guide and improve public health education in the country, and offered a guide for other public health programs worldwide".[8] In addition to the 2-year Master of Public Health, the Mailman School also offers a Master of Science degree,[10] which is offered by the departments of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Sociomedical Sciences, and Population and Family Health. Compared to the 2-year Master of Public Health, the Master of Science is often a fast track to public health education, as it includes several programs of 12 or 18 months.[10]

International Longevity CenterEdit

Organized in 1990 by Robert N. Butler, M.D., Professor of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The International Longevity Center (ILC) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan research, policy and education organization whose mission is to help societies address the issues of population aging and longevity in positive and constructive ways and to highlight older people's productivity and contributions to their families and to society as a whole.

In 2011, honoring the wishes of the late Dr. Butler, the mission, work, and the assets of the ILC became the foundation for an interdisciplinary center on aging at Columbia University, anchored at the Mailman School of Public Health.

The Climate and Health ProgramEdit

The Mailman School of Public Health is led by Dr. Jeff Shaman. It houses the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, a global network of 300+ Universities committed to educate their students on health impacts of climate change. The school houses the only Climate and Health training program funded by the National Institutes of Health for doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees and has a Master of Public Health certificate in Climate and Health. Climate and Health at Mailman is supported by scientists such as Jeff Shaman,[11] Carlos Dora,[12] Marianthi Kioumourtzoglou,[13] Micaela Martinez,[14] Darby Jack[15] and many others.

Epigenetics and Precision Medicine at the Mailman School of Public HealthEdit

Recent and ongoing projects include investigations of changes in DNA methylation that may accumulate in children even before they are born due to environmental influences,[16] epigenetic reprogramming due to exposures to arsenic,[17] nutritional interventions to ward off air pollution effects on the human epigenome,[18] liquid biopsies of the liver epigenome to predict overall survival in patients with liver cancer,[19] persistent influences of maternal smoking during pregnancy on offspring's DNA methylation in midlife,[20] epigenetic effects from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,[21] and several others. Since 2017, the Mailman School of Public Health offers a summer Epigenetic Boot Camp for Planning and Analyzing DNA Methylation Studies, a two-day intensive boot camp of seminars and hands-on analytical sessions that provides an overview of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods utilized in human epigenetics studies.[22]

The 2016 recruitment of Dr. Baccarelli to lead the Laboratory of Precision Environmental Biosciences has opened new research and teaching activities in Precision Medicine and Precision Prevention. The Laboratory of Precision Environmental Biosciences, regarded as one of the pioneering epigenetics labs worldwide,[23] is the central focus of a wider Precision Medicine program at the Mailman School of Public Health focusing on public health and prevention. Precision Medicine and Prevention at the Mailman School includes research and education on the human microbiome, extracellular RNA communication, molecular epidemiology, genomics, viromics, mitochondriomics, statistical genetics, computational biology, and biomarker sciences. The Precision Medicine at Mailman offers a unique combination of cutting-edge lab technology with large scale studies and applications in population sciences and public health, including predictive analytics and analysis of return on investment[24]


The main building of the Mailman School of Public Health, the Allan Rosenfield Building, was constructed in 1930, which served as the original New York State Psychiatric Institute until they moved to a nearby newly constructed facility in 1998. It is located at 1050 Riverside Drive[25] in the Columbia University Medical Campus. The building, named after Allan Rosenfield, the long-time Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health and one of the giants in the world of public health,[26] has been recently renovated to create an energy-efficient, environmentally-considered fit-out.[27] The new space was designed to extend natural light as much as possible, and to do so in an energy-efficient manner. Other sustainable features include efficient lighting with occupancy sensors, Energy Star office equipment and appliances, high efficiency fan coil units, water conserving fixtures achieving over a 30% water usage reduction, and low/no VOC building materials and low-emitting furniture systems.[27]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  4. ^ "Indiana University Northwest briefs". The Times of Northwest Indiana. 2008-11-06. Archived from the original on 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2015-12-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
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  6. ^ a b "Facts and Figures | Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health". Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  7. ^ Galea, Sandro; Fried, Linda P.; Walker, Julia R.; Rudenstine, Sasha; Glover, Jim W.; Begg, Melissa D. (March 2015). "Developing the New Columbia Core Curriculum: A Case Study in Managing Radical Curriculum Change". American Journal of Public Health. 105 (Suppl 1): S17–S21. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302470. ISSN 0090-0036. PMC 4339984. PMID 25706010.
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  17. ^ Niedzwiecki, Megan M.; Hall, Megan N.; Liu, Xinhua; Oka, Julie; Harper, Kristin N.; Slavkovich, Vesna; Ilievski, Vesna; Levy, Diane; van Geen, Alexander (November 2013). "A dose-response study of arsenic exposure and global methylation of peripheral blood mononuclear cell DNA in Bangladeshi adults". Environmental Health Perspectives. 121 (11–12): 1306–1312. doi:10.1289/ehp.1206421. ISSN 1552-9924. PMC 3855504. PMID 24013868.
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  19. ^ Yeh, Chih-Ching; Goyal, Abhishek; Shen, Jing; Wu, Hui-Chen; Strauss, Joshua A.; Wang, Qiao; Gurvich, Irina; Safyan, Rachael A.; Manji, Gulam A. (2017-06-07). "Global Level of Plasma DNA Methylation is Associated with Overall Survival in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma". Annals of Surgical Oncology. doi:10.1245/s10434-017-5913-4. ISSN 1534-4681. PMC 5801698. PMID 28593503.
  20. ^ Tehranifar, Parisa; Wu, Hui-Chen; McDonald, Jasmine A.; Jasmine, Farzana; Santella, Regina M.; Gurvich, Irina; Flom, Julie D.; Terry, Mary Beth (2017-05-11). "Maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy and offspring DNA methylation in midlife". Epigenetics: 0. doi:10.1080/15592294.2017.1325065. ISSN 1559-2308. PMC 5873358. PMID 28494218.
  21. ^ Herbstman, Julie B.; Tang, Deliang; Zhu, Deguang; Qu, Lirong; Sjödin, Andreas; Li, Zheng; Camann, David; Perera, Frederica P. (May 2012). "Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzo[a]pyrene-DNA adducts, and genomic DNA methylation in cord blood". Environmental Health Perspectives. 120 (5): 733–738. doi:10.1289/ehp.1104056. ISSN 1552-9924. PMC 3346775. PMID 22256332.
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  25. ^ "722 West 168th Street" and "1050 Riverside Drive" on the New York City Geographic Information Services map
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  27. ^ a b "Columbia University Medical Center - Allan Rosenfield Building". Vidaris.
  28. ^ Mailman School Student and Former Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns Makes Directorial Debut with Film on Maternal Mortality | Population & Family Health | Population & Family Health | Mailman School Archived April 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.

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