What is public health?

Public health practitioners help solve the world's most pressing health problems.


While clinicians work to treat patients individually when they are sick, public health prevents people from being sick in the first place. The field is focused on improving the living conditions for people around the world.


Those in public health work at the community or population level. The impact can be local or global. But no matter which population or where they are located, students make different in the lives of others.

Equity and Justice

The basis of preventing disease and impacting communities often begins with addressing the root inequities that cause health disparities. Public health professionals do just that.

Profiles in Public Health

Tate Atkinson
Tate Atkinson

"My experience working in health care inspired me to pursue a Master of Public Health. When helping patients I was exposed to the public health issues, such as barriers to accessing care, food insecurity, and housing instability, which many Oklahoman’s struggle with."

Walae Hayek
Walae Hayek

"Public health is a multidisciplinary field dedicated to achieving health equity and preventing disease by addressing the social determinants of health."

Ashley Vaughn
Ashley Vaughn

"Public health means acknowledging the interconnectedness of our world and using it to address the root of the inequalities in health outcomes that we see today."

Marcus McKay Jr.
Marcus McKay Jr.

"Public health is the interdisciplinary field of study whose sole purpose is to investigate, inform, and intervene on any subject that causes harm to the health of the mass population."

Alyssa Rentuza
Alyssa Rentuza

"Public health to me is not just the social, economic, judicial, medical, and biological factors that contribute to individual and community well-being, but also finding where we can contribute to and bolster the systems that support this well-being."

Deanna Gatling
Deanna Gatling

"Public health is a collaboration of concepts and ideas that are the foundation for building strong, healthy communities."

What We Do

This Is Public Health, a brand run by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, raises awareness about education and career options in public health through student ambassadors, graduate fairs, partnerships, interprofessional activities, and other pipeline-building events for students.

Since the inception, This Is Public Health has produced:

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Our TIPH Ambassadors share their passion for public health and why it's more than just a career—it's a calling. #ThisIsPublicHealth
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February is I ❤️ Public Health Month! I asked my friends to describe what public health means to them to see how each person views public health differently. Public health plays a vital role in our everyday life, whether we can see it or not. What does public health mean to you? Comment below!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤️

Every year, we create a postcard to spotlight a pertinent topic in public health. This year’s theme is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Building a healthier future starts with embracing diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion in every aspect of public health. Let’s work together to ensure health for all, no matter who you are or where you live. 🌍✨

Share this post with the ones you care about, add it to your story, and continue to spread the love this “I ❤️ Public Health” month!

Visit @thisispublichealth link in bio to download the postcard! 

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Did you know that colleges and universities all over the nation are investing in their students’ well-being, and there is a growing need for public health professionals in student affairs?

Join us on Friday, February 16 at 1:00 PM ET for a webinar that provides an exclusive opportunity to hear from Dr. Raphael Florestal-Kevelier, President of the American College Health Association and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health & Wellness at the University of Illinois Chicago. During this session, Dr. Florestal-Kevelier will share information about his experiences as a scholar, researcher, practicing public health practitioner, and student affairs leader. Additionally, he will answer your questions about how to get involved in college health and well-being.

Learn more and register at the link in @thisispublichealth bio!

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Want to learn more about the collaborative nature of community health? Join us on Wednesday, February 14 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET!

We will be joined by Dr. Marybeth (MB) Mitcham, Director of the Online MPH Program and Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at George Mason University. Dr. Mitcham’s presentation will delve into the framework of community health work across disciplines, showcasing multiple examples of successful and innovative collaborative efforts.

Learn more and register at the link in @thisispublichealth bio!
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