What is public health?

What is public health?


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:

Shop Swag

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in public health? Join us for our virtual graduate school fair on January 10, 2023! 

This free virtual event lets you chat directly with admission staff, students, and faculty from 60+ graduate schools/programs.

Visit the link in our bio to register!
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One of the main goals of This Is Public Health is to bring awareness to the ways in which public health exists in our everyday lives. A perfect example of this is seat belts! Though its ratification into U.S. law was quite contentious, using seatbelts today is practically second nature. According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts save an estimated 15,000 lives every year.

Check out the link in our bio for more information about the history of seat belts and comparisons to other public health responses!

#ThisIsPublicHealth #seatbelts #publichealthinnovation
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While flu season has been upon us for some time, the CDC reports that seasonal influenza activity continues to increase across the United States. One key measure that can be taken to help prevent getting sick from the flu is to get vaccinated annually. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and we encourage you to consider getting vaccinated in order to protect yourself and your community. The CDC recommends flu vaccines for anyone 6 months and older.

Check out the link in our bio for more information about flu vaccines and where you can get yours!

 #FightFlu #ThisIsPublicHealth #NoTimeForFlu
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Today is World AIDS Day, a day to collectively raise awareness for the fight against HIV, support people living with HIV, and remember those who lost their lives to an HIV/AIDS-related illness. Since its recognition in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS-related illnesses and an estimated 38 million people are living with the virus today. Though great strides have been made since 1984, there is still a critical need for increased awareness about protecting oneself from HIV, fighting the stigma, and raising money to continue supporting the movement.

Visit the link in our bio to learn more about World AIDS Day and how to get involved!

#ThisIsPublicHealth #worldaidsday
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We are devastated by the recent shootings at Club Q, an LGBTQI+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, CO. 

The LGBTQI+ community has continued to face a multitude of hate crimes. We stand by this community as we champion social justice, equity, and health for all. 

Our hearts break for the victims and families of those who were killed and injured in this recent tragedy, as well as those traumatized by this event. As President Biden said, “We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all of its forms.” 

We hope others join us in our commitment to do more to end these unacceptable acts of gun violence. We urge everyone to reach out to their members of Congress to pass additional legislation to prevent these violent acts and end this public health epidemic.

Read @aspphorg full statement via link in our bio.
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Ocean and Seas Health 
Our ocean and coasts affect us all—even those of us who don't live near the shoreline. It is a global highway for the movement of commerce and regulates global temperature. And vital source of food for many. Keeping our ocean healthy is more than just protecting human health—it's also about finding new ways to save lives. All new marine-based drugs have already been discovered that treat some types of cancer, antibiotic resistant staph infections, pain, asthma, and inflammation. A health ocean leads to a healthier nation. For more information https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ocean-human-health.html

What does the ocean have to do with human health? Comment below...

#AmbassadorTakeover @stgeorgeu
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Hello! My name is Nigel Edwards from @stgeorgesu I will be officially taking over this platform this week! 

We will bring to you a range of public health topics from mental health awareness, oceans and seas health and a few surprises!

Like and Follow to keep in the loop! Comment and share your thoughts!

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