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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 educating and training public health practitioners in the health of urban and immigrant communities around the world. We accomplish this through state-of-the-field graduate curricula, distinguished by several unique features.

The mission of the DEPARTMENT of ENVIRONMENTAL and OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES is to provide graduate education, engage in public health practice and conduct 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 mission of the DEPARTMENT of EPIDEMIOLOGY and BIOSTATISTICS is to serve as a source of expertise and training in the application of epidemiological and statistical methods for population-based research, and to promote improvements in population health through collaborations within the Downstate Medical Center and with external stakeholders.

Our mission in the DEPARTMENT of HEALTH POLICY and MANAGEMENT is to prepare 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.