Public Health Programs

The graduate-level public health programs at Wayne State University are offered by the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Public health is the academic discipline that identifies, prevents and reduces health problems of communities and human populations. Public health is a population-based approach that addresses health promotion, disease prevention, restoration and maintenance of health. The range and scope of the sciences and skills required in public health include epidemiology, biostatistics, research methodology, health services research, and behavioral sciences. Central to the approach of public health is a focus on community-level influences on health including social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and environmental factors. Public health research methods involve defining selected community problems, proposing studies and solutions, surveillance, evaluating progress, and monitoring the use of resources.