The mission of the Graduate Program in Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine is to educate our graduates to prevent disease, protect the environment, and promote good health in partnership with the populations they serve.
Goals and Objectives
To educate our students to enhance the health of populations.
- Provide instruction in how to assess the health status of populations, design appropriate interventions and evaluate the success of such interventions.
- Evaluate students' mastery of these skills within the curriculum by examination and through their participation in small group discussions.
To educate our students to consider the health of individuals within the context of community and environmental influences.
- Provide training in community health, preventive medicine, and environmental health that allows our students to identify and recognize a variety of avenues and mechanisms through which community, cultural, and environmental factors can influence health.
- Evaluate students' understanding of these issues by examination and through their participation in small group discussions.
To educate our students to work in an interdisciplinary milieu.
- Provide small group participatory activities with our courses that involve interaction among students and faculty from multiple disciplines.
- Include faculty and guest lecturers throughout the curriculum from a variety of disciplines.
To educate our students to critically evaluate published research.
- Evaluate students' abilities to critically evaluate published literature within the epidemiology curriculum through written examinations and student participation in small group discussions.
- Provide students with opportunities to practice critical evaluation of research through regularly convened journal clubs and grand rounds.
- Evaluate students' abilities to critically appraise the literature related to their thesis topic through critical, mentored assessment of the introductory sections of the thesis.
To graduate students who are competent public health practitioners.
- Provide a competency-based curriculum that evolves from an in-depth iterative process involving all major stakeholders including students, faculty, alumni and employers.
- Evaluate students' competencies in each specialty track through examination, practicum, and master's thesis work.
Goal for Research
To equip students with the appropriate tools to conduct community-based research that will provide a scientific basis for health promotion and disease prevention.
- Evaluate students' mastery of the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics within those courses in the curriculum, by examination, through their participation in small group discussions, and/or master's thesis.
- Provide each student with an academic advisor who will assist in identifying one or more thesis advisors to provide strong mentorship throughout the students research activities. These advisors will mentor, advise and support each student through their time in the MPH Program and especially in the process of developing the students thesis.
Goals for Service
To collaborate with communities in initiatives to improve health and prevent disease.
- Conduct an annual faculty survey and maintain a database that documents the service activities of our program faculty and students in community-based activities. This database will serve as a resource for students seeking mentors and advisors on particular topics.
To provide students with opportunities to apply their public health knowledge in the public and private sectors.
- Create partnerships with the public health community in New York and nationally to develop and maintain a set of field practicum offerings for students.
- Create stated, written learning objectives, competencies and, when appropriate, for each field practicum experience to ensure that each student has guidelines that they can follow in the practicum.
- Evaluate each students fulfillment of the stated learning objectives, competencies and, when appropriate, service objectives for each practicum experience through formal written evaluation by the practicum preceptors.
Statement of Values
The Graduate Program in Public Health, at Icahn School of Medicine, is dedicated to improving the health of communities and individuals. The program is based on the following core values:
Community - We value joint program-community participation in identifying and improving the health status of communities by enabling them to identify and address their unique public health problems.
Sound Science - We value the use of the scientific method to identify the basic conditions necessary for optimum public health, to protect the public health and to promote good health practices for populations and individuals.
Diversity - We value the recognition of the cultural context of individuals and populations and work to educate a public health professional workforce with the cultural competencies necessary to understand, respect and serve diverse populations.
Social Justice - We value fostering and advocating for public health resources and policies that reduce or eliminate health disparities.
Engagement - We value working with others through cooperation and collaboration using interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams in education, research and service delivery.
We adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Public Health Association and to the beliefs and values that underlie this code.