Our Work to Address COVID-19

Since the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019, Columbia Public Health has been working on multiple fronts to respond to the spread of the virus.

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Two soldiers wearing protective face masks wait to cross 10th Ave in midtown. NY National Guard COVID Response Is Now the Largest Domestic Mobilization in U.S. History
Over 7,000 service members have administered over 4 million vaccines and administered over 1.5 million tests.

People walking on the streets of NYC, some wearing masksLatest COVID Wave Projected to Peak in August
Since it arrived in the United States in the spring, the BA.5 wave of COVID-19 has swept the nation, causing hundreds of thousands of new infections daily.

COVID Sparks Outpouring of Creativity in Hospitals
Throughout the crisis, many hospitals and other health care delivery organizations have been hotbeds of creativity and innovation.

Fever Screening Tech Doubles as Early Warning System for Infectious Outbreaks
The low-cost system continuously screens multiple people for fever, and detects trends of fever prevalence that could help authorities direct public health resources.

Our Community

Photo of Tom Devine and a map of New ZealandMy Summer on the Frontlines of Remaking the New Zealand Health System
Tom Devine spent his summer practicum working in his native New Zealand as the nation’s public health system was completely overhauled on July 1.

Governor Hochul Honors Prof. Kai Ruggeri for Military Service During the Pandemic
Kai Ruggeri, assistant professor of health policy and management, was awarded a New York State Medal for Meritorious Service.

A University-Community Partnership Established at the Height of COVID Stands the Test of Time
The program offers regular opportunities for the Northern Manhattan community to attend workshops designed to address and end the digital divide that impacts access to health care.

Nine Ways Columbia Mailman Has Responded to the Pandemic
The Columbia Mailman School community has been on the front lines of the public health response to COVID-19.


Learn from our experts

COVID-19 and Public Health: Two Years and a Changed Profession

Featuring Columbia Mailman School faculty Anabel Cole, MS, MPH, Jessica Justman, MD, Terry McGovern, JD, Nischay Mishra, PhD, and Michael A. Joseph, PhD, MPH 

HIV & COVID-19: When Pandemics Collide

Featuring Kevin De Cock, MD, FRCP (UK), DTM & H, Formerly with the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kenya, Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, ICAP at Columbia University and Columbia World Projects, Shannon Hader, MD, MPH, UNAIDS and United Nations, Gregg Gonsalves, PhD, Yale School of Public Health and Yale Law School, and Rejoice Nkambule, MPH, the Ministry of Health Eswatini

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines: What Happens Next

Featuring Robert Galvin, MD, Blackstone; Magda Schaler-Haynes, JD, MPH, Columbia Mailman School; and Olajide A. Williams, MD, MS, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Hip Hop Public Health, and Michael Sparer, JD, PhD, Columbia Mailman School

Public Health: A Critical Foundation for Successful Societies

A conversation with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Dr. Linda P. Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health.

Roll Up Your Sleeves

The “Roll Up Your Sleeves” public education campaign, featuring community leaders and Columbia University Irving Medical Center employees, encourages all eligible people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19.

Control the Contagion

The team that brought you the film CONTAGION, including director Steven Soderbergh, writer Scott Z. Burns, along with key members of the ensemble cast, have partnered with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to share evidence-based information about COVID-19 through public service announcements (PSAs).