Understanding the Vision and Mission of Public Health

The Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is dedicated to improving the health of the communities they serve, including rural, underserved, and global populations. Through education, research, outreach, service, and creative partnerships, they strive to create the healthiest nation in a generation and achieve health equity. The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Binghamton University is a 48-credit multidisciplinary professional degree program that provides full-time and part-time studies with elective course sequences in population health, disaster management, forensic health, and global health. It is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in public health as well as those already part of the public health staff who want to continue their education.

The transdisciplinary approach of the MPH program integrates classroom learning, academic research, interprofessional collaborations, and community participation to prepare graduates for leadership positions and develop evidence-based solutions to critical public health problems. Students learn how to evaluate scientific evidence and translate it into significant health improvements for diverse populations and communities. Graduates acquire public health knowledge, skills, and values for careers in public health departments, health and human services agencies, health systems, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and community health programs. The mission of the MPH program is to prepare a diverse public health workforce who will lead advances in health equity for rural and vulnerable populations through education, scholarships, and service.

Public health is an organized effort by multidisciplinary teams to promote and protect the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations locally and globally. The main functions of public health include evaluation, policy development, assurance, which are implemented through the provision of 10 essential public health services. Public health improves quality of life, extends life expectancy, reduces human suffering, and saves resources in the long term. Binghamton University is seeking accreditation from the Council on Public Health Education (CEPH).

As the leading public health organization in the country, APHA strengthens the impact of public health professionals and provides a science-based voice in political debates that are often based on emotions, ideologies or financial interests.

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