Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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

The entrance to the Allan Rosenfield Building (2014)

Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, 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 beginnings of the school date to 1922 when the university created the Institute of Public Health. It became an official school within the university in 1945. In 1999 it was renamed the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health after Joseph L. Mailman, a benefactor.[1]

Currently, the school enrolls nearly 1000 students and is one of the largest recipients for sponsored research pertaining to public health.[1]

The building occupied by the school, the Allan Rosenfield Building, was constructed in 1930. It also carries the address 1050 Riverside Drive.[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”.[3]

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, 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 - Neil Schluger, MD
  • Environmental Health Sciences - Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Health Policy and Management - Michael S. Sparer, PhD, JD
  • Population and Family Health - John Santelli, MD, MPH
  • Sociomedical Sciences - Lisa Metsch, PhD


  • 1,300 students
  • 84% master's students
  • 15% doctoral students
  • 42 states represented
  • 44 countries represented
  • 22% non-U.S. citizens
  • 38% ethnic/racial minorities

International Longevity Center[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. ^ "722 West 168th Street" and "1050 Riverside Drive" on the New York City Geographic Information Services map
  3. ^ "Indiana University Northwest briefs". The Times of Northwest Indiana. 2008-11-06. Archived from the original on 2015-12-12. 
  4. ^ 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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