While there have been dramatic improvements in the public’s health during the 20th century, there are still significant challenges.
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases pose new health threats and continue to be among the leading causes of death worldwide. Disparities in health status and access to health services persist, both nationally and internationally. Public health infrastructures are continuously bombarded with new challenges brought on by population growth, shifting immigration patterns, environmental hazards, natural disasters, and terrorist threats.
Rapid advances in basic science and clinical research have amplified the need to translate findings into effective interventions to improve the health of populations—domestically and abroad. In fact, many experts believe that future improvements in health status will result from population-based prevention programs rather than biomedical discoveries.
Public Health is poised to meet these challenges. Whether teaching, conducting research, analyzing policy, or engaging in practice, Public Health professionals have the vision and expertise needed to create a healthier world.
GSPH invites you to explore the world of Public Health.