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

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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Hi everyone!! I am Arpana Karki. I am student at East Tennessee State University College of Public Health @etsucph. I am currently enrolled in Master in Health Administration Degree @etsu_mha. 
I will takeover TIPH social media and take this opportunity to focus my radar to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Rural Health.
I was born and raised in Nepal and I have been residing in United States for eight years now. I chose Public Health Major because I believe that I can help make a change and positively impact several lives. I dream to work for United Nations one day. 
#ambassadortakeover #thisispublichealth #americanpublichealth #etsucph #etsumha
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Join us this Wednesday, November 9, 5:30 – 7:30 PM ET in Boston, MA, for our in-person public health graduate school fair.

Speak with representatives from 60+ institutions to find a graduate program that works for you!

Visit the link in our bio to learn more and register.
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Today is World Polio Day! Partners around the world collaborate to work towards eradicating polio through polio immunizations. Poliomyelitis, also known as poliovirus or polio, is a disease that is spread through person-to-person contact from food and unsanitary water. Polio affects the spinal cord and can cause paralysis of the body. Before 1988, there were over 125 countries with polio cases. Currently, there are only two countries with polio cases. Since 1988, polio cases have reduced by about 99%.

Sources: End Polio Now, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization
#AmbassadorTakeover #ThisIsPublicHealth #cphhs @cphhs
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Let’s talk about food! October 16th is World Food Day. This week we will learn about food insecurity and action steps to create food security for our neighbors foreign and domestic! #AmbassadorTakeover @temple_cph
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Join us for our next in-person public health graduate school fair in Berkeley, CA on October 13th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM PT. 

Speak with representatives from 30+ institutions to find a graduate program that works for you!

Visit the link in our bio to learn more and register.
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Hi TIPH followers! I am Avery Meyer and I will be taking over TIPH’s social media this week for #AmbassadorTakeover. I am a second-year MSPH candidate in Heath Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health @johnshopkinssph. In my time at Hopkins I worked with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative’s Opioid Initiative team interviewing people who survived or witnessed an overdose during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fulfilling my program's second year work requirement I work full time as a Public Health Analyst with the CDC Foundation’s Overdose Response Strategy. 

I am passionate about overdose prevention, harm reduction and centering the voice of people who use drugs in our public health efforts. 

Stay tuned this week for content on overdose prevention, new drug trends and more!
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