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What is Public Health?

The field of Public Health focuses on the promotion of health and prevention of disease at a population level. As a student in UNE’s Public Health program, you will develop the skills necessary to understand the complexity of health issues that affect communities and identify potential solutions to address them. Benefiting from small class sizes, access to professional conferences, leading experts, and one-on-one engagement from experienced faculty, you will learn how to work collaboratively with stakeholders and to communicate complex concepts to diverse audiences.

The coursework you complete through our program will expand on the five core areas of Public Health:

  1. Health Policy: Developing laws and regulations to promote and protect health (e.g. seatbelt laws).
  2. Environmental Health: Assessing how the environment affects health (e.g. air and water quality).
  3. Social and Behavioral Health: Studying how people make health decisions and how to encourage healthier decision-making (e.g. how marketing influences health behavior decisions).
  4. Epidemiology: Studying how and why diseases are distributed in a population (e.g. tracing outbreaks of infectious diseases).
  5. Biostatistics: Analyzing population-level data to identify trends (e.g. using data to associate tobacco exposure with lung cancer).

UNE’s Public Health program also offers you the flexibility to pursue a minor in Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Nutrition, Political Science or Health, Law and Policy.

​To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

UNE also offers a minor in Public Health