The minor in Public Health familiarizes students with the science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting healthy life styles both in this country and abroad. Public health includes the study of the causes and distribution of disease in human populations and interventions aimed at minimizing risk factors and preventing disease at the population level. The profession of public health studies community efforts for improving the environment, containing community infections, addressing the social determinants of health, and developing the social infrastructure to maintain the health of a population.
The "A-Ha" Moment for Students
This moment occurs when students realize that public health is an essential context for health care and recognize that citizens and policymakers need to create the social and other "upstream" infrastructures to prevent illness and enable human flourishing rather than simply addressing ill health "downstream".