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Public health is the practice and science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promoting healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases. Concerned with protecting the health of entire populations, Public Health uniquely addresses health concerns from local neighborhoods to states, countries, and the world.

Public health professionals promote wellness and prevent and minimize health problems through implementing intervention programs, recommending policies, administering services, and conducting research. Public health also works to decrease health disparities and improve healthcare access, equity, and quality. The Public Health Major prepares students for careers in federal, state, or local departments of health, health and health-related community-based organizations, and a wide range of other agencies.


The vision of the Public Health degree program is to address emerging concerns in public health to create a more equitable and healthy world.


The mission of the Public Health degree program is to promote critical thinking, leadership, and evidence-based practice in order to create improvement and equity in health outcomes for domestic and global populations.

We Value Equity, Inclusion, Global Health, and Data-Driven Solutions

Equity: We believe that to address health disparities, we must partner with underserved communities and relevant stakeholders to address the social determinants of health that lead to those disparities.

Inclusion: We value improving diverse inclusion at all levels of health care, health policy, and public health approaches to education, research, programs, and best practices.

Global Health: All health is global health, as environmental and social impacts on communities anywhere affect the health and well-being of people everywhere.

Data Driven Solutions: We believe that data must inform policy and best practices to address public health issues. Solution-focused data must be as complete and inclusive as possible to reflect local and global communities and stakeholders.


An Interdisciplinary Degree Program

The Public Health degree programs are offered by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences in collaboration with schools and departments across the College. This comprehensive, interdisciplinary program allows students to take classes from all seven TCNJ schools, providing a personalized yet rigorous educational experience. Faculty enthusiastically share their rich professional expertise, engaging students in experiential learning through interactive pedagogy and participation in leadership opportunities, including research, conferences, networking, global study, intensive internships, and mentoring.



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