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Community Health and Prevention

The Department of Community Health and Prevention promotes health through the scientific study of communities, examining the social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors that influence health at the neighborhood level. Our work also focuses on the human rights and social justice aspects of public health. We are committed to securing the conditions that support population health. Our multidisciplinary work is reflected in our actions, programs, and policies that build upon community values, strengths, and assets. Our training programs offer a diverse student body the chance to learn and practice rigorous behavioral and prevention science methodologies to become experts in a range of community health areas.

  • Department partnerships and other relationships with more than 100 community organizations offer students an unparalleled chance to develop real-world expertise in urban and neighborhood-focused public health.

  • Our faculty are renowned for their innovative strategies in health promotion and public health practice. They work closely with our students and community partners to break new ground in research and the investigation of community factors linked to health.

  • Our graduates build rewarding careers, not only in community-based organizations, but also in government, industry, academia, and the not-for-profit sector.

Latest Research

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Pennsylvania's Youth More Accepting of Marijuana, But Not Using It More, Report Shows

With Pennsylvania now among the majority of states in legalizing medical marijuana, a new report shows that young people’s attitudes toward pot have become more positive in recent years.

Paola Maysonet

Helping Residents Heal after Hurricane Maria

While learning about Paola Maysonet, it is easy to forget that she has only just begun making an impact on the public health profession.

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