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The mission of the undergraduate program in the School of Public Health is to instill in a diverse group of educated individuals the awareness, values and knowledge of the various disciplines within public health.

Many students have a genuine interest in helping people and want to enter professions that allow them to make meaningful contributions to society. Studying public health is an effective way to enable students to fulfill this goal.

What is Public Health?

The achievements of Public Health have dramatically improved our quality of life: an increase in life expectancy, world wide reduction in infant and child mortality, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. Professionals with Public Health knowledge are increasingly called upon to address population-based health issues, and the demand for leaders in this field continues to grow.

Public Health is a coordinated, committed effort that:

  • Tackles current issues such as Bioterrorism, West Nile Virus,
  • Violence Prevention, Health Disparities, and Obesity
  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protects against environmental hazards
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors
  • Responds to disasters and assists community recovery
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of health services


Examples of Public Health Organizations :

New York State Department of Health
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Enviornmental Protection Agency






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