Family and Community Health

The health and well-being of individuals depends heavily on the families and communities in which they live. The makeup of the family unit continues to evolve — single parenthood is rising, gender roles are transforming, and recognition of same-sex couples is growing. Meanwhile, racial and economic disparities are challenging governments, health systems, schools, and other institutions that serve our communities. These changes and the challenges they entail present opportunities to address important population health issues. Students pursuing the Family and Community Health Sciences concentration will gain an understanding of the dynamics of these institutions and settings, approaches to assess them, methods to promote health, and skills to evaluate programs.

*Dr. Cleveland Shields, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the Center on Poverty and Health Inequities (COPHI) discusses family and community health. Click here to view his talk. 

Environmental Health

Rapid, marked increases in the global population, urbanization and wealth/resource disparities have created unprecedented challenges to public health. Ensuring needs for food, water, shelter and transportation are met while protecting and preserving natural resources requires thoughtful and bold action. Purdue faculty are at the forefront of discovery, education and engagement efforts addressing these issues. Students pursuing the Environmental Health Sciences concentration will receive strong training in environmental sciences as well as occupational, radiological and toxicological sciences.

*Dr. James Schweitzer, Assistant Professor of Health Physics and Director of Radiological and Environmental Management discusses environmental health. Click here to view his talk. 

Health Statistics

Advances in data acquisition and storage have led to the availability of vast quantities of data. These data can provide the basis for sound decision making and policy development, but this requires knowledge in the theory and practice of statistical analyses. Further, there is increasing demand for professionals equipped to manage and interpret large databases and to advance information technology. In addition to supporting a Statistical Bioinformatics Center, Purdue faculty contribute expertise to projects at many centers on campus including the Bindley Bioscience Center, Center for the Environment, Discovery Learning Center and Regenstrief Center for HealthCare Engineering. Such venues provide strong training opportunities to students interested in applied statistical decision making to promote population health.

*Dr. Hao Zhang, Head of the Department of Statistics discusses health statistics. Click here to view his talk. 

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