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What is Public Health?

Public health is the science and practice of protecting and improving health through research, monitoring, prevention, education, disease control, sanitation, and advocacy. It also refers to the collective personal health of a population. As examples, the field of Public Health considers air and water quality, vaccinations, transmission of communicable diseases, access to health care, environmental conditions, and health behaviors, such as diet, physical activity, drug and tobacco use.




International Series Event
Rodrigo Reis
Public Health Grand Rounds
(Following Faculty Meeting)
Public Health and the Built Environment
1:15–2:30 PM
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International Series Event
Rodrigo Reis, Latin American Researcher/Scholar:
International Perspectives on Activity and Urban Environments
1:00-2:30 PM
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Stephen Schueller, PhD
Leveraging the Potential of Technologies for Mental Health
12:00-1:30 PM
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A View from the Vatican:
Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health as our Responsibility
6:00-8:00 PM
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ALL 2017-2018 EVENTS

Meet The Experts

A series of interviews that introduce faculty who are expanding and redefining the scope and methods of public health practice and research.

Introducing Dr. Geert Schmid-Schoenbein, Chair and Professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and a member of the Institute for Public Health Technology Working Group.

(Based upon an Interview with Rifaat Malik, June 2017)

TOPIC: Technologies for Improved Research, Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Dr. Schmid-Schoenbein’s area of research is molecular and cellular biomechanics, microcirculation and transport in living tissues.  What does this have to do with Public Health?  Everything. 


As he explained during an interview in June 2017, studying the origins of disease and disease processes is vitally important to prevention.  Understanding how the body suffers damage in disease processes can shed light on that disease, and potentially many other conditions and diseases.