Public Health

Public health, a field geared toward serving others and improving people鈥檚 health and well-being, addresses some of society鈥檚 most perplexing questions.

Public health students explore such questions as: How do societies eradicate infectious diseases, from tuberculosis to polio to AIDS? Why are some economic and social groups more likely to get certain diseases? How did the United States reduce the incidence of smoking and what can other societies learn from that success?

Public health seeks to improve people鈥檚 health and serve the community through the development and application of knowledge that prevents disease, protects the public from harm, and promotes health throughout local communities, the state, the nation and the world. The field confronts complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury.

Through swag外流鈥檚 public health minor, you鈥檒l develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of human health, giving due consideration to basic principles of human rights and a wide range of cultural perspectives. The minor, like the field itself, is interdisciplinary, including the natural sciences and the social sciences. You will learn about the scientific aspects of disease as well as the political and policy issues involved in improving people鈥檚 health and well-being. The minor is jointly administered by the departments of biology, kinesiology and Urban & Environmental Policy (UEP), with course offerings from multiple departments.

The minor can set you up for success in master鈥檚 programs in public health as well as careers in health and safety engineering, environmental science, healthcare administration, biostatistics, epidemiology, health education and social work.

What Our Graduates Are Doing

Community Health Educator, Peace Corps, Ethiopia

Kelsey Walter

MD program, Drexel University College of Medicine

Tyler Wilson

J.D. candidate, USC Gould School of Law

Eva Schifini

Organizer, Change Corps

Eliza Fox

Patient Navigator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Shuyi Chen

M.S. in environmental health, Harvard

Marissa Chan

MSPH in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins

Cristina M. Checa

Community Organizer, CA Immigrant Policy Center

Denzel D. Tongue

Research Assistant, Children's Hospital LA

Jessica Shiosaki
Contact Public Health
UEPI 104

1882 Campus Road