The task of maintaining a healthy community, nation and planet is becoming ever more complex. A work force prepared to tackle these challenges in the 21st century is critical. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that keeping the public healthy requires well-educated citizens in addition to public health professionals. To that end, it was recommended that all undergraduates should have access to education in public health. The field of public health actually encompasses numerous disciplines aimed at improving population health and managing and tracking disease. Job opportunities are found in the public sector and government agencies, academia, non-profit organizations, as well as the private sector. Further, a major in Public Health also prepares students for graduate study or immediate entry into a rapidly expanding field whose necessity is being increasingly recognized.
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