PhD Program in Public & Community Health

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About the PhD Program in Public and Community Health


About the PhD Program in Public and Community Health

The purpose of the new PhD Program, offered through the Institute for Health and Society, is to educate a new generation of researchers to integrate traditional public health sciences with direct community engagement. The Program will give students the opportunity to participate in an innovative new curriculum with the essential components of community health improvement through participation and partnership.

In 1988, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark study of public health in the United States, The Future of Public Health, defined public health as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency through organized community effort.” Community health may be understood as a state of well-being and the capability to function in the face of changing circumstances, emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities.

The Medical College has the opportunity to create an innovative graduate program for students interested in obtaining a doctoral degree in public and community health that integrates the public health sciences with community health improvement.

The addition of this unique PhD Program in Public and Community Health will provide advanced public health training and create opportunities for original, independent research focusing on important public health issues.

Letter from Director
Welcome to the College from Director Laura Cassidy, MS, PhD

The purpose of the PhD is to transform the research paradigm in public and community health.

Trends in Public Health Research
New developments in the field of public health, and figuring out where we might be headed in the future.

Read some of our most frequently asked questions about the PhD Program in Public & Community Health.

Association of Schools of Public Health
"What is Public Health?"


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