Public Health

Columbia’s campuses were largely spared the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed neighborhoods, flooded tunnels, forced hospitals evacuations and knocked out power to millions throughout the region. But many in the tri-state area face a challenging path to recovery.

Shattered boardwalk lining Rockaway Beach Boulevard Image credit: Maura R. O'Connor/The New York World

Researchers at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have been explaining to the media and public how weather systems converged to make Sandy so powerful, and how the rising sea levels caused by climate change have sharply increased the destructive potential from such storms on

Drs. Ron Bayer (left), David Rosner, and Amy Fairchild (second from right) accept the WHO flag.

The World Health Organization (WHO) inaugurated the Mailman School’s Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health as a WHO Collaborating Center for Bioethics, the only such center that explicitly focuses on the ethics of public health.

Research at Columbia

Study finds lower rates of heart disease and cancer than for those living in more mixed areas

Children play with the same type of playground materials being sent to post-conflict or crisis areas.

Play has a critical role in healthy brain development, building physical, cognitive, and emotional strengths that serve children throughout their lives.

Study Finds that Least Educated Whites in U.S. Have Lost 4 Years Off Their Lifespan Since 1990

This year's incoming students at Mailman, pictured here during their August orientation, are the first to experience the school's redesigned curriculum that aims to train students to address 21st-century public health concerns. Image credit: Diane Bondareff/Columbia University

With admissions to public health programs soaring nationwide and public health issues in the news almost daily, this year’s incoming class at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health couldn’t have picked a hotter field.

Scientists generally think that reduced insulin production by the pancreas, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, is due to the death of the organ’s beta cells.

The Children's Learning Center, a Columbia University affiliate, promotes children's growth in all developmental spheres.

In her professional life, Adina Brooks helps oversee graduate admissions and student affairs at the Engineering School’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations.

Mailman Researchers Create a New Tool for Sizing Up the Impact of Anti-Obesity Policies