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.

Featured News

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Mental Health Worldwide
Physical distancing measures to mitigate viral spread impacted the global prevalence of both depression and anxiety.

Increasing Pollen Rates Affect COVID Infection Rate
Rates of pollen can help explain additional COVID infection rates during the Spring when tree allergies become dominant.

First Test for All Known Human Coronaviruses, Including SARS-CoV-2 Variants
The test is highly sensitive and prevents false positives that happen due to the genetic similarity of SARS-CoV-2 and other human coronaviruses.

Columbia Public Health Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Since the novel coronavirus was first identified, Columbia Public Health has been working on multiple fronts to respond to the spread of the virus.


Is The European Vaccine Challenge A US Problem?

Herd Immunity Won’t Save Us—But We Can Still Beat Covid-19

Should Health Care Institutions Require Employees to be Vaccinated?

Biden Wants to Fix Racial Inequality. Mental Health Access is an Important Place to Start.

Why Using Fear to Promote COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Wearing Could Backfire

Salim Abdool Karim: 'None Of Us Are Safe From Covid If One Of Us Is Not. We Have Mutual Interdependence'

Our Community

ICAP Leads Community Effort to Fight COVID-19
ICAP's Harlem and Bronx Prevention Centers are leading a study to understand community vulnerabilities associated with infection risk.

Columbia, NAACP Williamsbridge Join Forces to Spread Facts on COVID Vaccine
Two Columbia University professors—both of whom have received the COVID-19 vaccine—discussed myths and facts about the shot at a virtual event.

Ten Lessons from Our Pandemic Year
Faculty share their thoughts on lessons learned over the past year.

Demand for Public Health Graduates Remains High Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
The job market for master’s-level public health graduates has not been as negatively impacted by the COVID‐19 pandemic as compared with the broader job market.

Learn from our experts

COVID-19 Vaccination and Incarcerated Populations

Featuring: Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, MPH Vice Chair, The Clinton Foundation, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Robert Fullilove, EdD Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Irving Medical Center Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs; Grace Lee, MD, MPH Associate Chief Medical Officer for Practice Innovation, Stanford Children’s Health Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine Vice Chair and Member, U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); Bruce Western, PhD Chair and Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology Co-Director, Columbia Justice Lab, Columbia University; Patricia Yang, DrPH Senior Vice President for Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals; Terry McGovern, JD Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Status of Emerging COVID Strains and the Safety and Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA University Professor Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health Epidemiology (In ICAP) Director, ICAP Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
Jeffrey Shaman, PhD Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Director, Climate and Health Program Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Structural Racism and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Hosted by Columbia University featuring Terry McGovern, JD, Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Machelle Allen, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals, Latanya Mapp Frett, JD, CEO, Global Fund for Women, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Micaela Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

2020: The Year of COVID-19 with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

Hosted by Columbia University featuring Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Columbia Public Health Now Podcast

Columbia Public Health Now explores today’s most pressing public health issues and their implications for the health and well-being of populations around the world.

Last spring, we focused on COVID-19, whose global spread is without historical precedent. Join us as we attempt to unravel some of the mystery around this virus and its many impacts on individuals and communities, both local and global.

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).