Celebrating the Centennial

A century ago, Columbia University made a bold commitment to help shape the study and practice of public health.

In 1922, we began with a single student, in a single room on West 59th Street. Since then, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has educated generations of leaders, led groundbreaking scientific discovery, and delivered solutions to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.

Recent events have made clear what many of us have long known. The work of the Columbia Mailman School is indispensable. From navigating the COVID-19 crisis and understanding the health effects of climate change to reducing health inequities in this country and around the world, Mailman’s experts are leading the way on the issues that matter. As we mark this centennial, let us celebrate the school and its students, faculty, and staff for their tireless and courageous efforts to protect our collective health.

Lee C. Bollinger, President and Seth Low Professor of the University

Our History

Key moments in the history of our school and important world events.

Video Highlights

A Century of Building a Healthy and Just World

We mark this moment with highlights about our global and local impact. Narrated by Columbia Mailman School graduate Brian Lehrer, MPH ‘96, host of WNYC’s award-winning “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

Give

Gifts from alumni, donors, and friends enable the Columbia Mailman School to train promising students in the skills they will need as tomorrow’s public health changemakers. Make a Columbia Mailman education more financially accessible to all and help implement new ways to prepare future leaders to think expansively, work across disciplines, and harness rapid changes in science to serve the public interest.

Events

World Leaders Forum

PUBLIC HEALTH: A CRITICAL FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESSFUL SOCIETIES

September 29 at 11:00 a.m.


Centennial Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series

A CONVERSATION ABOUT CLIMATE AND FOOD

October 13 at 5:00 p.m.

See all Centennial Events >>

For Alumni

Columbia Mailman is immensely proud of the more than 14,000 alumni around the world who are using their education and experience to make an impact in their communities. We strive to empower our graduates further by providing opportunities to stay connected, and to inspire and support each other’s success.

Join us in celebrating our Centennial year! Learn more about upcoming alumni events and ways to get involved.

News

Centennial Celebrations Begin
Celebrations kicked off to highlight the numerous ways the School has achieved progress on the world’s most pressing health challenges over the last 100 years.

A Century of Impact
The Columbia Mailman School of Public Health has been a champion of public health—and the public good—since it helped create the discipline in 1922.

Memory Project

We’d love to hear stories, reflections, and memories from our alumni and friends. Was there a moment that meaningfully impacted your personal or professional path? A professor, mentor, or colleague whose impact persists? Did you participate in research, community outreach, or advocacy that was meaningful to you? Who or what has inspired you during your time at Mailman?

Please use this form to share; we would especially love to see any photos you are able to share. Please share as many details as you can – when did this moment occur, who was involved, how did it affect you? Your information may be used in our commemorative magazine, on our web site, in social media, and in other materials. Please send any questions here.

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