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Prevention and Community Health

Actively engaging with individuals and communities to change behaviors, and promote prevention and wellness.
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New in PCH: Healthy Body Health U

Starting in March 2015, the Health Body Healthy U (HBHU) study launched to study the effects of Facebook and text messages on body weight over an 18-month period. We spoke with associate professor Melissa Napolitano, PhD, research coordinator Meghan Mavredes, and hourly research assistants Erika Blankenship, Rachel Ingersoll, Mary Moran, Nicholas Ryan, and Benjamin Shambon.


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.

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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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Department News

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