What are the Public Health sciences?

Published: June 28th, 2016

Category: FAQ

Public health is an extraordinarily diverse and exciting profession. Epidemiology and biostatistics make up the scientific foundations of public health. Epidemiologists study the frequency, distribution, and determinants of diseases, while biostatisticians provide the analytic tools to continually advance our research capabilities. Concentrating on either of these areas will prepare you for an ever-changing career in public health research. If community action and behavior change interest you, social and behavioral sciences offer the models and the tools to work with community groups to improve health. Our complex system of governmental agencies devoted to protecting and promoting the health of the public is the focus of health management and policy. If you see yourself pursuing a career in administration, human resource management, or financial management in public health agencies, or in policy development and analysis, this concentration is for you. Environmental health is another exciting concentration. Here, you will learn how to assess a myriad of toxic chemicals and biological threats in our surroundings and to protect the population from their ill effects. Please see the What is Public Health page for more information.