This page provides an explanation of what public health is. You can also find out more about the history of public health, and the meaning of some useful public health terms. Under the public health major, undergraduates will develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and cultural perspectives that abound in our multicultural country and world.
Public health plays an important role in disease prevention efforts in both the developing world and in developed countries, through local health systems and non-governmental organizations The World Health Organization (WHO) is the international agency that coordinates and acts on global public health issues.
Examples include examining whether regeneration programmes improve public health and reduce health inequalities; evaluating employer schemes to encourage walking or cycling to work; and assessing interventions that encourage healthy eating among school children.
In the United States, public health worker Sara Josephine Baker , M.D. established many programs to help the poor in New York City keep their infants healthy, leading teams of nurses into the crowded neighborhoods of Hell’s Kitchen and teaching mothers how to dress, feed, and bathe their babies.
Public Health is preparing a special issue on ‘migration and health’, which aims to bring together a collection of papers across the sciences, arts and humanities on those aspects of migration that matter most to health, healthcare delivery and related public policy.