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Our departments offer a home and area of focus for our Aggie public health students. The four core areas of public health are the focus areas of each of our departments and at their best, they work in tandem. They provide learning, research and service opportunities.

Environmental & Occupational Health

Environmental and Occupational Health is concerned with the health effects of individuals and populations when exposed to air and water pollution, pesticides, organic solvents, dusts and physical hazards, which occur in the environment, the home or the workplace. Occupational safety evaluates and provides interventions to reduce risk of injury and illness using ergonomics, human factors and wellness for future, current and past workers.

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Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Epidemiology and Biostatistics  is concerned with factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations and improving the understanding of data that are relevant to issues in public health. The faculty provide training in the development of skills applicable to the study of the occurrence of disease, focusing on determining the impact and magnitude of disease frequency so that effective public health interventions can be designed.

Health Policy & Management

Health Policy and Management is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the delivery, quality, and costs of health care for individuals and populations. Students who concentrate in health policy and management are trained in a variety of subjects including the complex structures of health care delivery in the U.S., legal and ethical foundations for health care, as well as policy processes designed to improve health care access among diverse populations.

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Health Behavior

Health Behavior trains students to work with populations to improve health. Students learn the importance of using research and social science to assess population behavioral health patterns and psychosocial risk factors, design community-wide prevention and intervention programs, influence health policies, and evaluate outcomes of behavioral health change.