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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Hi there, my name is Em Thampoe and I am a second-year MPH student at @rutgerssph! I will be sharing posts as a part of the #AmbassadorTakeover initiative this week, which I am very excited about. Looking forward to sharing more as the week goes on. #ThisIsPublicHealth
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Diana and Sydney, TIPH ambassadors and MPH candidates, share their personal stories on how embracing cultural diversity is essential for achieving health equity. Join us as we explore the powerful intersection of culture and equity in creating a healthier and more inclusive world. #AmbassadorTakeover #UCIPublicHealth
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Our names are Diana Felipe and Sydney Ma, and we are both second-year MPH students at the University of California, Irvine.  We're both excited to be sharing #AmbassadorTakeover this week.  Stay tuned for more engaging posts on cultural diversity & wellness throughout the week! #CulturalDiversity #Wellness #ucipublichealth
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Since the inauguration of the first World Hypertension Day by the World Hypertension League (WHL) in 2005, every May 17 has been symbolic in bringing awareness to the prevention and management of hypertension across the globe.

This year's theme is "Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer”, highlighting the importance of reducing the pervasive low awareness rates globally and encouraging the need for accurate blood pressure measurement methods, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Visit the link in our bio to learn more!

#ThisIsPublicHealth #AmbassadorTakeover
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Hello everyone! My name is C.J. and I will be hosting an Ambassador Takeover this week! I recently graduated with my MPH from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, where I concentrated in Health Policy and Management! This fall, I will be attending law school at Boston University. As an aspiring JD, I will be focusing this week’s takeover on the intersection between law and public health. 
#AmbassadorTakeover #ThisIsPublicHealth #CWRU
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Today is World Malaria Day - a day to highlight the critical need for continued action toward malaria prevention and control. The day was instituted by @who in 2007. 

This year's theme is "Time to Deliver Zero Malaria: Invest, Innovate, Implement," with a specific focus on the implementation component.

Malaria is an urgent global health problem that impacts millions of lives, particularly among vulnerable populations. More effective use of available tools and strategies is necessary to reduce the global burden of malaria.

More at the link in bio!

#WorldMalariaDay #WHO #ThisIsPublicHealth
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Happy Earth Day from This Is Public Health! Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970? 🌎🌿 This day was created to bring awareness to environmental issues and inspire people to take action.

The well-being of our Earth is an integral component of public health, and we will continue to bring visibility to the relationship between climate change and health.

Check out the link in our bio to learn how you can take action!

#EarthDay #EarthDay2023 #ClimateChange #ThisIsPublicHealth #🌎Day
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