Maintaining and improving public health is one of the great mandates of our time, both in the US and abroad. Aging populations, global pandemics, increasing environmental degradation, and a rise in childhood obesity are just some of the many challenges to which the field directly responds. The Public Health Program shows American University's commitment to developing and strengthening public health education, research, and practice.
The mission of the Public Health Program is to prepare students to pursue professional endeavors, informed by a social justice approach, dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood or as large as an entire country or region of the world.
The Program mission flows directly from the mission of the Department of Health studies, which is “to educate and empower future leaders in the health professions to improve the health status and well-being of individuals, communities, organizations, and societies. We achieve this mission through innovative education, transformational research, creative partnerships, and policy change advocacy.”