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SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Public Health for a Global Community

Academic Departments

The DEPARTMENT of COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES is committed to training a new generation of public health practitioners, who are skilled in articulating and assessing contemporary public health challenges within a social-ecological framework, and developing and applying community-engaged, evidence-based approaches to advancing the health of urban and immigrant populations in Brooklyn and around the world. Our department offers state-of-the-field graduate curricula, distinguished by several unique features including classes that integrate service learning experiences in the community and an optional overseas field practicum.

The DEPARTMENT of ENVIRONMENTAL and OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES provides graduate education, engages in public health practice and conducts both basic and applied research. Our faculty is actively engaged in research and teaching on the assessment, control and prevention of environmental and occupational chemical, biological, physical and work organization hazards and in better understanding their impacts on human health and safety.

The DEPARTMENT of EPIDEMIOLOGY and BIOSTATISTICS serves as a source of expertise and training in the application of epidemiological and statistical methods for population-based research, and promotes improvements in population health through collaborations within the Downstate Medical Center and with external stakeholders.

The DEPARTMENT of HEALTH POLICY and MANAGEMENT prepares leaders who will understand, guide, and improve our public health and healthcare systems. Health Policy requires the ability to assess, collaborate, plan, innovate, and advocate for improvement in the public health and healthcare systems. Health Management requires the ability to lead a public health organization or healthcare system ethically with financial, operational, and scientific expertise.