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Environmental Sciences and Engineering

The environments in which we live, work and play invariably affect public health. In fact, environmental exposures – most of which can be prevented – account for nearly one quarter of all diseases worldwide.

Student entrepreneurs combat climate change.

Health Behavior

Health behaviorists use social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and foster social justice.

Students work to improve the health and well-being of communities.

Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and child health focuses on the determinants and systems that promote and maintain the health of women, children and their families to enhance the future health and welfare of society.

Students get hands-on experience.

Public Health Leadership

Applying system thinking and leadership principles in a public health context — with teams, projects, organizations and systems — can eliminate inequities, improve health conditions and foster change in local and global communities.

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Guns and threats of violence have no place on this campus

Dean Barbara K. Rimer responds to recent incidents on campus, including the March 30 defacement of the Unsung Founders Memorial. Photo by Melinda Young.

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