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Prevention and Community Health

Actively engaging with individuals and communities to change behaviors, and promote prevention and wellness.
Bill Dietz Thoughts on FDA

This Month in PCH: New FDA Update

On May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final updates to the nutrition facts label, which is designed to help consumers make informed decisions about food and healthy eating. Following the announcement, William Dietz, chair and director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute SPH, shared his thoughts.

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What is Prevention and Community Health?

The goal of prevention is to help individuals avoid contracting diseases or experiencing adverse health issues through clinical or community services such as immunizations, health screenings, educational programs or health policies. Community health refers to when these strategies are used within a particular geographic area or demographic of the population. Our department prepares students to lead capacity-building programs in four areas: health promotion, maternal and child health, public health communication and marketing, and community-oriented primary care; all of which explore the relationship between psychosocial, behavioral and biological risk factors. Our interdisciplinary faculty include clinicians, epidemiologists, anthropologists, health psychologists, health communications professionals, evaluation scientists and experts in health behavior and health education.

Program Offerings

Graduate Programs

Our MPH offerings are complemented with a DrPH option in Health Behavior.

Options in Prevention and Community Health include MPH programs in Community Oriented Primary Care, Public Health Communication and Marketing, Health Promotion and Maternal and Child Health. Earn your MPH in any of these fields with unmatched exposure in Washington, DC.

MPH Programs

Doctoral Programs

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From health care in schools and school violence prevention to HIV drug resistance, our opportunities enhance your experience.

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Practice Experience

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.

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Meet Our Faculty

Monique Turner, PhD, MA

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of MPH Programs

A native of Michigan, Dr. Turner received her PhD in Communications at Michigan State University before moving to the East Coast. In addition to teaching one of our required classes for students, she is energized by her family, the diversity of Washington, DC, and the ways public health communication can positively impact social justice through messaging that inspires.

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Student Resources

Department News

Recap of 2016 Avance Center Conference

The 2016 conference, Advancing Health Equity for Latino Youth and Families, featured a keynote from WAMU's Senior Reporter Armando Trull.

Dean Goldman Awarded the Walsh McDermott Medal at the National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

The Walsh McDermott Medal is awarded to a NAM member for distinguished service to the Academies over an extended period of time.

Five Reasons to Attend the GWSPH Open House on November 17, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the school for the last on-campus visit day this fall!