Founded in 1860, New York Medical College is one of the nation’s largest private health sciences universities. It has a strong history of involvement in the social and environmental determinants of health and disease, and special concern for the poor, the powerless, and the helpless.
Our public health programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and feature online and late afternoon and evening on-campus classes to match the busy schedules of working professionals.
Public health initiatives protect and improve the health of individuals, families, communities and populations. Many focus on prevention of illness, working to change unhealthy environmental conditions or change unhealthy behavior. Some are designed to track illness, investigate why some of us may be more susceptible than others, and decide which interventions are most likely to be successful. All public health programs—from immunizations, to infectious disease monitoring, cancer and asthma prevention, drinking water quality and injury prevention—require skilled professionals to develop, implement and monitor them. Public health professionals work in the public, non-profit and private sectors and span many disciplines. Their work includes designing educational programs and interventions, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, and regulating health systems.
The need for public health professionals is growing rapidly, with an expected demand for more than 250,000 public health workers. Growing public awareness of chronic disease prevention, efforts to reform healthcare delivery and contain costs, the aging of the U.S. population, and the increasing complexity of global health problems such as the Zika virus require ever more trained public health professionals. In fact, all the initiatives in Healthy People—the U.S. federal government’s 10-year health promotion and disease prevention initiative to improve health across leading indicators—utilize public health professionals.