Want to learn more about public health? We recommend that you start here.

The site is for people new to the public health field as well as those who have experience and knowledge but who want to learn more. It answers questions such as, “What knowledge and skills do I need?”; “What do public health careers look like and how do I get started?”; ”What types of challenges do public health practitioners face?”; and “What are good ways to find, use, verify, analyze, and display health data?”

What’s in the site?
Each section serves a different but complimentary purpose.

  • Public Health in Action holds case studies that discuss real world challenges faced by public health practitioners and how they were addressed.
  • The Knowledge Development section contains interactive exercises to help you assess your public health knowledge; locate, analyze, and critically assess public health data; and obtain and display health data using new web-based tools.
  • The Professional Development section offers advice on career strategies, resources for improving skills, and links to the advice of other experienced professionals.
  • The videos in the Conversations with Public Health Professionals section hold answers to a series of questions we asked of both well-established public health practitioners and those who were newer to the field.
  • Finally, in the Resources section, we offer extensive, annotated lists of resources with reliable data and information on public health matters.

Notes on using this site
The site was not designed to be absorbed in one sitting but as a learning tool, best encountered and taken in over time. Some features (like watching the videos) may take only a few minutes, while others (such as the exercise on comparing infant mortality rates) may take more than an hour to complete. Most of these interactive features have been designed to be completed individually, but they could be easily adapted for use in groups or in a classroom setting. Case studies and exercises would be appropriate for undergraduate or graduate students in a variety of fields. And while the material is under copyright, it is a creative commons license. Feel free to copy any of the material and make use of it liberally. A number of the articles are also posted as .pdf documents for easy printing. All we ask is that you acknowledge the source.

The site is sponsored by New York University and was paid for through a generous grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. James Macinko (Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Policy, New York University) and Kathleen Wetzel Apltauer (MPA, New York University) developed and edited the site and its contents. They are indebted to the authors of case studies and other contributed content.

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