What is Public Health?
Public health is the study and practice of preventing disease and promoting wellness of populations. Students of public health study the ways in which biological, social, psychological, environmental and policy factors interact to influence human health. In contrast to clinical fields such as nursing and medicine, students of public health study health and disease within a population. Public health has a strong history of health promotion, disease prevention and social justice. An innovative and exciting component of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) is the Field Practicum, where students are engaged in real world service to local and global communities, and are able to contribute significantly to UM’s mission of service.
What are Important Contemporary Public Health Issues?
Some of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges include chronic conditions (e.g. smoking and obesity-related diseases, cancer), water and food security, HIV/AIDS, emergency preparedness, reemerging infectious diseases, violence, climate change, and health reform. In order to effectively meet these concerns, public health professionals must address multiple health challenges at once through disease prevention and health promotion frameworks. Baccalaureate education in public health will prepare students to confront these issues by entering the workforce immediately after college and/or by seeking advanced graduate training in public health and related fields.