Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The mission of the Health Promotion program is to inspire future health professionals to serve the whole person and the whole of society by educating them about the socio-cultural, behavioral, psychological and biological factors that contribute to wellness and disease. Established in 1997, the Health Promotion program was developed with the knowledge and understanding that as much as 70% of premature illness and death is preventable. Fundamental to the program is the belief that it is possible to avoid illness and prolong life by making smart, health-promoting choices. Guided by the principles of preventive medicine, the program emphasizes a holistic approach, examining health and illness not only at the minute cellular level but also within a broader social context. Providing a strong foundation in both the natural sciences and preventive medicine strategies, the Health Promotion curriculum demands that students sharpen their critical thinking skills and analyze the interplay between an individual’s physical health and physical surroundings.
The mission of the Global Health program is to provide a well-rounded education focusing on the factors influencing the health of populations worldwide. The program addresses pressing global health issues and the demonstrated need for health professionals with international competencies. An outgrowth of the Health Promotion curriculum, the program in Global Health was created in 2009 to examine and confront the new health challenges and concerns arising within today’s dynamic and interconnected global community. From assisting the developing world in the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria to addressing the rising rates of obesity and tobacco use worldwide, the emerging field of global health plays a critical role in improving and sustaining the health of populations around the world. Bringing together a variety of disciplines – Health Promotion, International Relations, and the Natural Sciences – the Global Health program provides a broad education that examines public health and policy issues within the context of international affairs.