Public Health

Public Health

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice, and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community. These individuals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is a field that is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter the exciting world of public health and to pursue graduate programs in public health or other health professions. 

Public Health professionals work in a variety of different areas (environmental health, communicable disease, maternal and child health), settings (governmental agencies, hospitals, community-based organizations), and position types (health educator, epidemiologist, community health program manager).



For more information about public health and the undergraduate public health program please contact:

Dr. Monika Sawhney
Undergraduate Public Health Program Director
309 Prichard Hall
304 696-2602


For information on the Masters of Public Health please visit the graduate program in public health web page