Dana March

May 2021

I spent a year with Prof March in two courses, and she is just fantastic. Extremely well-spoken and expert in public health. She was responsive to my emails and helpful even outside of course material. I wish she taught more courses! Intro to Public Health - A good general survey of what public health is. She teaches it entirely and is very passionate about it. Low workload. A few typical research papers, which if you adhere to the rubric you're golden. I enjoyed it. Great TAs. Your Longer Life - March only teaches a handful of the classes, and her lectures are enjoyable as usual, but Dean Linda Fried is the main professor (most of the material is directly from her research) and her lectures are slow, verbatim, slide-readings. Honestly, I tuned out for half of this class because of how repetitive it was. I wish it focused less on the value of older people and had more on how to facilitate healthy aging. The final group project (groan) had almost nothing to do with the content drilled into you during the course... it was a pie-in-the-sky climate change mitigation(???) design project. There is also an interview project which I found interesting.

Apr 2021

This class is 95% fluff. You could probably fit the entire syllabus into 4 classes' worth of content, but for some reason, the professors saw fit to stretch it out into a torturously slow full-length course. Every day they start by repeating the same basic takes about old age and the opportunity that older adults present to society. The assignments are easy but very tedious. The course is also very unorganized, and both the professors and the TAs are bad at replying to emails. But maybe the worst part is how sycophantic some of the students are — they gush about how "important" this class is as if it's literally not just an assortment of buzzwords with a teaspoon of actual content. I recommend you avoid this class unless you have to take it or unless you want your mind to slowly go numb and die.

Jan 2021

Very low effort and workload class. Two 2000 word papers that follow a very lenient rubric, 3 discussion posts and responses that are graded for completions, and a few quizzes based off of the reading (that were open book and untimed because of the online class structure). I basically stopped attending class 3 weeks in and didn't read a single reading but still got 100% in the class. This is easily the easiest class I have ever taken in my life.

Oct 2020

A national treasure. This class is not an easy A, but if you pay attention you will learn so much. I'm not sure how the class structure will change due to COVID, but I took the class Fall 2018 and loved the range of topics. All the papers are about topics of your own choosing, so if you put the time in, you will learn so much (about something you're interested in, hopefully). I got to write about hurricane Maria, sex work in Amsterdam, and the opioid crisis for my papers--I didn't do well on my first paper, but by the third, I felt a lot more confident and did much better. Plus, Prof March is funny, warm, and SO SMART (as well as fashionable, though I'm not sure this is relevant over zoom). I loved taking this class as a freshman too because I learned a lot about NYC, especially with the final group project. One thing is that office hours are basically non-existent because she spends most of her time on the medical campus.

Jan 2019

She comes unprepared. Her TA's don't communicate with each other and all think they run the course. Grading is arbitrary and very subjective. Learn almost nothing. She constantly skips classes and changes the syllabus.

Jul 2016

Dana March is easily one of the best, most engaging profs I have ever had. The class topics seemed very boring and somewhat dry on the syllabus, but Professor March had a way of making them interesting and accessible for all students. The class as very fun and had an inventive project to explore the public health of NYC, and really promoted a hands-on, active approach to learning and investigating public health issues. The class itself is very broad and easy for students without an previous public health interests.

Apr 2016

Dana March is great. No final/midterms, just three very doable papers and a group project. I will say that she doesn't really provide a format for the paper, but I'm confident that everyone in class got at least a B. She's fun and engaging -- class is interesting! Even if you haven't done the readings, it's easy to follow. The TA is great, too. They just both love public health and want to share their knowledge without being too overbearing. Anyone should take this class!

Feb 2015

Dana is quirky and cool. She makes an effort to learn everyones names and really wants the class be accessible to and suit the needs of the students. She has changed around multiple things to make sure we are learning everything we want to. She's so nice and friendly! The class isn't too much work on the whole, an article or two for each class. These are generally interesting especially if public health is something you naturally care about. Even if it isn't, this introductory class makes everyone feel like its a topic they can be interested in on some level especially because of its broad scope and pertinent nature. Public Health is something everyone in our world should know a little bit about. There are no exams, only three papers and a group project. Take this class!!