Public Health has been defined as the work a society does collectively to ensure the conditions for people to be healthy. Professionals in the field perform a wide range of public health services. They assist individuals by linking them with needed personal health services, particularly in areas where health care is otherwise unavailable. They also assist communities by monitoring health status and mobilizing community partnerships to identify and investigate community health problems and hazards. Many are educators, informing and empowering people about health issues. Others work on a broader level, developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts, and evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services. Lastly, public health professionals work to maintain the integrity of our community health efforts by enforcing laws and regulations that protect our health and safety, and by ensuring a competent public and personal healthcare workforce.
Faculty expertise extends to many pressing public health problems as well as cross-cutting issues such as obesity and diabetes prevention, women’s health, global health, aging and healthy living, and environmental health concerns. The undergraduate major features numerous opportunities for community-based student internships, and experience in outreach programs and partnerships that promote health and the quality of life in diverse populations.
The undergraduate degree program in Public Health Sciences is maintained within the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, which is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health and is a member school in the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.
Please note: In the fall of 2014, the Faculty Senate at UMass Amherst voted to promote the three divisions within the former Department of Public Health to departmental status. The three former divisions are now recognized as the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
For more information on graduate programs in Public Health, please consult the webiste of our five core public health concentrations:
- Community Health Education
- Environmental Health Sciences
- Health Policy and Management
For more information on our highly acclaimed online MPH programs, visit the online MPH program webpage.