The Community Health Sciences (CHS) Division focuses on public health practice aspects of community health as they relate to the interaction of individuals, families and community structures. The behavioral sciences form the theoretical basis for community interventions to enhance health and well-being.
CHS offers three tracks in which students can focus their studies: behavioral sciences and health promotion, gerontology, or maternal and child health (including MCH epidemiology), or students may develop an individualized program. Students may combine track courses with other CHS topic areas such as developmental disabilities, global health, public health practice, public health nutrition and women’s health studies.
The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) Division prepares students to protect the environment and improve the health of workers and the general public. EOHS students learn to anticipate, identify and assess environmental and workplace health hazards, recommend corrective measures, institute programs to reduce morbidity and mortality, and evaluate these efforts. A highly inter-disciplinary area of study, EOHS students draw upon the fields of toxicology, epidemiology, engineering, industrial hygiene and other sciences to identify and control risks.
Specialized study is offered in: air pollution, industrial hygiene, water quality and health, occupational medicine, environmental chemistry, occupational safety and hazardous substances management, toxicology, occupational and environmental epidemiology, and environmental and occupational health policy.
The disciplines of Epidemiology and Biostatistics are housed within the same division (Epi-Bio). Epidemiology studies the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related events in populations. Epidemiologic methods are used to establish links between risk factors and disease (e.g., diet and prostate cancer), clarify the distribution of disease locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally (e.g., global distribution of AIDS), elucidate the natural history of many diseases (e.g., cervical cancer), assess the effectiveness of public health interventions and evaluate health resource utilization.
Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical methods to problems in biology, medicine, public health and other life sciences. Solutions are sought through management, analysis, and interpretation of data; through study design and the acquisition of data analysis knowledge.
The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Division provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools needed to: analyze the implications of proposed policies; influence their formation; evaluate them once implemented; and manage private and/or public health care organizations so as to improve the health of the population. HPA students may develop concentrations in health services research, health care administration, health policy analysis and public health informatics.
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Health, housed within the Dean’s Office, provides a liberal arts education grounded in the public health sciences. Students will learn to think critically about health issues by examining biological, environmental, cultural, behavioral, historical, economic, and political factors. The program’s strong focus on community-based learning enables students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real world public health challenges.
The Doctor of Public Health in Leadership, also housed within the Dean’s Office, offers a rigorous curriculum tailored toward mid-career public health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and practice of public health. The program is offered primarily through simulcast classes, with asynchronous elements (such as assignments). Through active engagement with faculty and colleagues, DrPH Leadership students learn to analyze public health issues, inform policy decisions, lead public health endeavors, and drive innovation.