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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.

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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


Olga Acosta Price

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

A passionate advocate of school-based mental health services, Dr. Price has dedicated her formal training in clinical psychology to improving the lives of young people. In her faculty spotlight, Dr. Price discusses her work in public schools, what she loves to do with her kids in DC and why she loves teaching at GWSPH.

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Meet our Newest DrPH Students

L. Esther Aranda Global Health BA, Harvard University MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MPH, The George Washington University Prior to her MPH studies, Esther...

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