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About Public Health

Millions of people are alive today thanks to a handful of public health initiatives, such as vaccination programs, motor vehicle safety laws, restrictions on the use of tobacco, family planning, and clean air and water standards. The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it. That mission includes the practice of public health policy, the research of public health issues, and the education of future leaders who eventually will translate that research into practices and policies to improve the health of people regionally, nationally, and globally.

The work of public health professionals is important because public health initiatives affect people every day in every part of the world. It addresses broad issues that can affect the health and well being of individuals, families, communities, populations, and societies—both now, and for generations to come. However, there is still a critical shortage of public health workers. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) issued a Policy Brief, Confronting the Public Health Workforce Crisis (2009), which revealed that the current public health workforce is inadequate to meet the health needs of the U.S. and global population; furthermore, the worsening worker shortages will reach crisis proportions in the coming years.

In response to the need for an expanded public heath professional workforce, Howard University has established a two-year Master of Public Health Program in three areas of concentration: Social and Behavioral Sciences; Community and Global Health; and, Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research with a focus on health disparities. Howard University’s interdisciplinary MPH Program will significantly contribute to the growth in numbers of diverse public health professional to meet the workforce needs of 2020.

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