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Public Health in Action

Real-world application of public health scholarship
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For over 100 years, our faculty and students have applied their research in real world settings to advance efforts in disease and injury prevention. We actively work with communities, both local and global, to improve the health of all through disease surveillance, program evaluation and outbreak investigation (NIH).

YSPH fosters collaboration through a variety of centers, initiatives and partnerships that promote public health practice: the real world application of public health scholarship, knowledge, skills, as well as advocacy.

Practice Focus Areas

  • Investing early and at critical stages in the life cycle is cost effective, amplifies community public health efforts, and stabilizes overall community health.
  • Climate change is a public health issue that has profound implications for human health, today and in the future.
  • Substance misuse, particularly opioids, is one of the most pressing public health crises of our time.
  • Approximately 42 million Americans (13%) are food insecure, meaning they do not always have enough nutritious food for an adequate diet.
  • Community Health Workers (CHWs) help bridge the gap between service delivery systems and research and the communities they seek to serve.

Office of Public Health Practice

The Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) supports the mission of YSPH by fostering sustainable and equitable collaborations between students, faculty and community partners. OPHP serves as the nexus for practice-based learning and public health workforce education at YSPH. We provide opportunities to apply academic training and evidence based practices to real world settings. In order to fulfill this role we: 

  • Serve as the hub for community engagement opportunities 
  • Support practice-based learning (internships, practice courses, special projects) objectives and requirements 
  • Provide training opportunities for the public health workforce 
  • Assess the collective impact of practice-based learning initiatives

Our Team