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

Interested in becoming a public health leader? Join @americorps  and @whitehouse on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET for a virtual roundtable. 

Learn more about #AmeriCorps and how you can join the first ever class of #PublicHealthAmeriCorps members by visiting the link in our bio. 

AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined forces to launch Public Health AmeriCorps and support the recruitment, training, and development of the next generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

The first-year grants will allow Public Health AmeriCorps programs to recruit nearly 3,000 AmeriCorps members!
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Do you work in #publichealth or know someone who does? We are looking for 100,000 professionals to participate in the #WeArePublicHealth global workforce study. The survey is available in Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish.

𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐧 $𝟓𝟎𝟎 𝐠𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬!

Visit the link in our bio to access the survey.

This exciting study from the National Board of Public Health Examiners will be the first of its kind to use task-based methodology to analyze the responsibilities of the global public health workforce at this level of detail.

A subset of responses will be used to update the content outline of the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam. A preliminary analysis and the data set will also be made available to partner organizations, including schools and programs of public health, for further analysis.
#NBPHE #ThisIsPublicHealth #JobTaskAnalysis #PublicHealthWorkforce #CPH
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Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which takes on special significance in the wake of numerous recent mass shootings. As the leading voice in academic public health, @aspphorg will continue to speak out, advocate for gun safety laws, and actively support our member institutions’ ongoing efforts to stop gun violence through research, intervention, and publication. We urge our followers to wear orange today and continue to bring attention to this national epidemic of gun violence that affects our communities.
#thisispublichealth #stopgunviolence #aspphadvocates #wearorange
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ASPPH is devastated by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and now at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts break for the victims and families of those who were killed and injured, as well as those who had to endure this traumatic experience. Gun violence is a public health issue, and it is preventable. ASPPH is committed to doing more to end these unacceptable acts of violence.

As a public health community, we will continue to speak out against gun violence, and we will work strategically to prevent further tragedies. Here are some actions ASPPH will take:

1. Urge policymakers to take action to strengthen policies around background checks, banning certain types of weapons, and safer storage of firearms.

2. Continue to support additional federal research funding related to gun violence and mental health and enable our members to pursue grants in this area.

3. Collaborate with interprofessional groups to coordinate actions on this issue to enhance impact.

4. Provide an online platform for members to share their work on gun violence including curriculum, research, and community actions.

5. Convene an expert taskforce of our members to strengthen our work in this area.

ASPPH stands with the victims and their families. As the leading voice in academic public health, we are committed to preventing future senseless acts of violence, and we urge all of our members to join us in these efforts.

#ThisIsPublicHealth #EndGunViolence
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📢 Join our team! The ASPPH Public Health Fellowship Program is looking for early-career public health professionals to take part in 1-year training opportunities to support DEIJ & advance education in public health.

Deadline: 06/20/22

Apply Now! (Link in Bio)

Know someone who would be a great fit? Share this post with them 🙏. #publichealth #jobsearch #fellowship #mph
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Changes to mental health accessibility are coming on July 16th, 2022! 

For clarification, the current number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will remain available even after the launch of the shorter code. Users can select either option and will be routed to the same number.

Para Español: 1-888-628-9454
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255


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