Our Vision

Educators are innovators.


The CUNY Center for Systems and Community Design is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, New York City. The Center lends its expertise in (re)framing health problems, unpacking complex issues, developing creative solutions, and recommending new research and practice agendas through a trans-disciplinary approach that combines academia, business, public stakeholders and diverse professional practice fields.

By examining complex problems through a systems lens, we work to converge diverse disciplines and methodologies and to translate systems insights into innovations to enhance prevention and community health.



  • Research: Foster and conduct collaborative and trans-disciplinary research through the lens of systems science and design thinking, leverage theories and methods from diverse disciplines.
  • Educational: Train the next generation of systems thinkers and practitioners in public health through engagement in the Center’s work.
  • Convening: Serve as a think-tank and forum of multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral dialogue and solution generation for urgent and complex public health issues.
  • Practice: Provide expert consultancy to communities and organizations in diverse sectors on strategies for creating and evaluating systems change.