The Profession of Public Health

While earning her Master of Public Health degree, Keila Canete ’07M (at far right) began volunteering at the Maternity Care Coalition’s Northeast MOMobile. Due to her outstanding work, she is now the Program Director for a MOMobile site in Philadelphia, providing women with prenatal and postpartum education.

The field of Public Health is expanding as people worldwide are realizing the importance of disease and injury prevention. Public Health professionals focus on a population or community’s physical, mental, and environmental health to prevent illness and promote health. This is accomplished through disease prevention strategies and interventions designed to improve quality of life.

Public Health services include

  • Informing and educating communities and community members about health issues
  • Identifying a community’s potential health problems and risk factors
  • Formulating public policy to address health problems
  • Assuring that all populations have access to appropriate, affordable care including disease prevention and health promotion services

Evaluating the effectiveness of prevention services and care, Public Health encompasses many fields, including epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental health, policy and bioethics, and community health education.

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