Public Health

What is Public Health?

  • The science and art of protecting and improving community health through health education, promotion, research and disease prevention strategies.
  • Knowledge and application of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary population-based methods of research, teaching and practice involving various academic disciplines.

Distinctions Between Public Health and Clinical Health Professions:

Public Health Clinical Health
Population Individual
Health Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion Diagnosis and Treatment

(source: American Public Health Association)

There are many core areas of study in public health. For more information, visit the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.

Each program or track within a given department may set additional requirements for admission; therefore, applicants should refer to the individual programs for details. Find an academic program.

2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP) at Memorial Sloan Kettering



Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSK) is embedded within Memorial Sloan Kettering, the country’s oldest and largest private cancer center, and sponsors …

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Clarifying COVID-19 Terminology


Johns Hopkins published a new article to help us better understand COVID-19 terminology. Check out the latest from JHU’s School of Public Health Expert Insights.

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Black Pre-Health Students at Yale


Are you a Black pre-health student interested in improving the Black experience regarding healthcare? Or looking for a community of like-minded pre-health Black peers? Join Black Pre-Health!
We are a student organization dedicated to inaugurating an empowering, educational, and preparatory …

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FGLI Pre-Health Community


Are you a pre-health first-generation and/or low-income student? If yes, join the FGLI Pre-Health Community! This year, they are offering an applicant mentorship program, a sophomore mentorship program, and various workshops. If you simply want to be part of this …

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For current public health information/stories, regularly check the Well section featured in The New York Times.