Applied Global Public Health Initiative

  • Using a Data-Driven Approach to Improve the Health of Rohingya Refugees

Logo of Applied Global Public Health Initiative in white lettering with a background of informal settlements

The team member will have the opportunity to contribute to one of many public health projects in the student-run Applied Global Public Health Initiative (AGPHI) lab. The lab is based in NYU’s School of Global Public Health but the lab members represent an international and interdisciplinary cohort with satellite labs in Abu Dhabi and Mexico. The lab focuses on public health issues that align with their pillars of health system strengthening, climate change, decolonization, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, and reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health. Partner organizations of the lab include AFYA Foundation and the Pan American Health Organization. 

Through this project-based course, students contribute to the interdisciplinary teams taking an innovative, data-driven approach to understanding and improving the health of target populations. Some health issues currently being worked on include mycetoma, adolescent reproductive health, climate change, mental health, and more. Further details on current projects can be viewed here.

Methods & Technologies

  • Big data
  • STATA and R software
  • Tableau
  • Systems mapping, ArcGIS
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Behavior Change
  • Anthropology
  • Data Science
  • Computer Science


  • Comparative Data Analytics
  • Data Processing and Visualization
  • Memo & Proposal Writing
  • Project Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Literature and Systematic Reviews
  • Social Listening

Areas of Interest

  • All majors welcome
  • Public Health
  • Business management
  • Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Science
  • Marketing
  • Data Visualization
  • Machine Learning
  • Education


  • NYU College of Global Public Health
  • NYU Tandon
  • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
  • AFYA
  • Universidad Autonóma de Querétaro

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