Public Health.


Public Health

Historically, the field of public health has focused on preventing the spread of contagious diseases among population groups through a variety of means including health education, medical intervention and water quality control. Today’s public health policy makers, researchers and practitioners confront a daunting array of challenges to the health of various population groups at home and abroad and their environments. Public health research is shaping policy debates over disease prevention, health care reform and climate change.

The Public Health Major

This multidisciplinary program encompasses the biomedical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Our curriculum enables majors to examine public health problems from a number of different disciplinary perspectives. The major offers a population-level approach to solving health problems with a strong focus on scientific, social and ethical principles. Public health majors through their research projects  and coursework acquire the methodological skills needed to assess the prevalence and incidence of illnesses, disorders and disabilities in specific population groups. Public Health majors develop a mastery of health care policy issues and an in-depth understanding of the many public health programs administered by federal, state and local  government and international agencies. Upon graduation, they are prepared to do epidemiological research or participate in health policy making and program implementation.

Public Health in Action

Drew Public Health Students and Professor Brianne Barker in Soweto for Short TREC: Health and Human Development in South Africa

Drew Public Health Students and Professor Brianne Barker in Soweto for Short TREC: Health and Human Development in South Africa

George Van Orden is a member of the Public Health faculty. He was the Health Officer of the Regional Health Department of Hanover Township from 1981-2015.  One of his most acclaimed successes during his tenure was spearheading the cleanup of the Whippany River. In 2014, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Glenn Silber and Emmy Award Winner Peter Coyote collaborated on  a documentary River’s Journey which chronicles  Van Orden’s remarkable accomplishment.

Internship and research opportunities

Students in the Public Health program have recently done internships in local health departments, hospitals and private consulting firms.

Career Outcomes

Recent graduates of our program have gone on to graduate work in public health or the biosciences at prestigious universities, gone to work for international health consulting firms, local and state health departments, private and public health care providers, and client advocacy organizations.