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What is Public Health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, work and play.

Public health is about prevention.

We work to prevent people from getting sick or injured and we promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.


From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food.

Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others.

The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems.


A Career in Public Health Requires Passion, Commitment and a Desire to Make a Difference!


Public Health Successes:


Public Health Work Includes:

  • First responders
  • Epidemiologists
  • Restaurant inspectors
  • Biostatistician
  • Health educators
  • Public health physicians
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Public health nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Sanitarians
  • Community planners
  • Public policymakers
  • Social workers
  • Occupational health and safety professionals

(*Info. from American Public Health Association)


Making the world a better place …it’s what our graduates do everyday!


Last updated: 5/19/2019