Public Health Overview
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of the public through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research regarding disease- and injury-prevention. Public Health professionals analyze the effects of genetics, personal choice and environmental forces in order to track the spread of diseases, understand health-related behaviors, and develop programs and policies that protect the health of families and communities.
Overall, Public Health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations, from those as small as a local neighborhood to those as large as an entire country or region of the world.
Broadly speaking, the mission of Public Health is to assure people can be healthy in society. Whereas medicine is concerned with understanding individual causes and treatments of diseases and illnesses, Public Health focuses on the community and the health of the population. This means assessing the population's health, understanding the causes and determinants of health challenges and problems and identifying ways to improve the population's health. In some cases, this might mean working to help people gain access to existing medical services, while in other cases it might require introducing population-wide interventions.
Areas of Research in Public Health Careers
Public Health Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate:
Define problems and identify multifaceted explanations for complex economic phenomena by using information and data from multiple sources to answer the questions at hand.