Public Health Studies prepares students with the knowledge and skills to address the public health challenges of the 21st century. Students apply interdisciplinary approaches and the population health framework to the analysis of the determinants of health and disease and to interventions to eliminate or control diseases and other health impairing conditions. The pursuit of health equity at the local, national, and global levels is emphasized. Students are prepared to enter the workplace in public health settings and/or continue their education in the field of public health or related fields.
"The Public Health Studies minor has enabled me to explore different aspects of public health and helped me with my applications for graduate school. I intend to pursue a career in public health, so the more experience I gain as an undergraduate, the more prepared I will be as a professional."
-Dana Wolff '09
Hannah Allen '15 and Cindy Fair co-authored research that looked at perceptions about parenting from young parents with perinatally acquired HIV. The research was presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July.
Brandon Landreth ’11 has been able to design and implement weekly lessons on health, wellness and oral hygiene for elementary students in rural Greene County thanks to a fellowship.
Stephanie Baker White, assistant professor of public health studies, and Ann Meletzke, executive director of Healthy Alamance, were selected to participate in the Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy.
Alumni Olivia Varney, Hannah Allen and Jamie Albright, who majored in public health studies, Elon student Jenna Nelson and faculty members, Alexis Moore and Cindy Fair, all presented at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Professor Cynthia “Cindy” Fair delivered Elon University’s 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture on Tuesday with stories of her research into the lives of young people born with HIV, and the challenges they face transitioning from pediatric care into adult health care settings.