The Urban Project
Community Health
Social Services

Academic offerings: The promotion of public health depends greatly on local social-service networks. Public Health Management, among other courses, will explore the way much of our country's care for indigent patients relies on social services. Our health, as explained throughout the program, is not just improved by increasing medical care. We must rely on healthier lifestyles, improved preventive care, and a stronger social network that links those who need social services with those can provide them. Most of our students will spend time with local social services organizations through "public health in the community" to more fully understand the benefits and challenges of improving health in the social-service system.

Experiential learning: Three of our program's courses provide opportunities for students to apply public-health knowledge in the community. Access to health services, the environment's impact on population health, education's relevance to health literacy and much more will be explored by volunteering in local organizations that seek to improve the health of the community.

Employment opportunities: Health care is one of the most promising sectors of the economy for those seeking employment. A growing emphasis in the domestic arena and a retiring public-health workforce will provide many opportunities for employment in the public and private sectors. A study conducted in 2007 determined that by 2012, 50% of the state health agency workers will be eligible to retire. Several studies have indicated that there are not enough properly trained public health officials to replace them.


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