Public Health

About the field of Public Health

What is public health? – Video by Adam Cohen, a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Community Health Sciences

Minority Health Project – Under the superb and humble leadership of Dr. Vic Schoenbach, the University of North Carolina’s Minority Health Project has produced and archived conferences and other resources on the health of racial/ethnic minorities.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Braintrust – Led by U.S. representatives, the CBC Foundation Health Braintrust seeks to identify barriers to health equity and develop strategies for addressing them.

Professional Organizations

American College of Epidemiology (ACE) – The ACE Minority Affairs Committee promotes diversity in the field of Epidemiology and hosts an annual workshop on health disparities.

American Public Health Association (APHA) – The flagship U.S. professional organization for public health professionals (such as health educators) and researchers

  • Spirit of 1848 Caucus – An APHA caucus that is dedicated to addressing social injustices in public health

Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) – An organization of community workers, researchers  and students dedicated to improving the health of U.S. blacks.

Society for Public Health Education – Flagship U.S. professional association for health educators whose work focuses on entire communities.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The nation’s leading agency dedicated to monitoring and addressing health issues in the country. The CDC also provides helpful information and statistics about all major diseases and conditions, and the vaccinations needed when traveling internationally.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – The nation’s primary agency dedicated to public health and biomedical research. It comprises 27 Institutes and Centers.

World Health Organization – The international body that guides member states in establishing guidelines and addressing health and health issues globally.