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Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals" (1920, C.E.A. Winslow). It is concerned with threats to health based on population health analysis. The population in question can be as small as a handful of people or as large as all the inhabitants of several continents (for instance, in the case of a pandemic). The dimensions of health can encompass "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity", as defined by the United Nations' World Health Organization. Public health incorporates the interdisciplinary approaches of epidemiology, biostatistics and health services. Environmental health, community health, behavioral health, and occupational health are other important subfields.

The focus of public health intervention is to improve health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions, through surveillance of cases and the promotion of healthy behaviors. Promotion of hand washing and breastfeeding, delivery of vaccinations, and distribution of condoms to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases are examples of common public health measures.

Modern public health practice requires multidisciplinary teams of professionals including physicians specialising in public health/community medicine/infectious disease, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, public health nurses, medical microbiologists, environmental health officers, dental hygienists, dietitians and nutritionists, health inspectors, veterinarians, public health engineers, public health lawyers, sociologists, community development workers, communications officers, and others.

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Name
Johns Hopkins University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,280 average out-state tuition; $42,280 average in-state tuition
University of California-Berkeley
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,088 average out-state tuition; $43,088 average in-state tuition
Walden University
Four or more years; Private for profit; $10,400 average out-state tuition; $10,400 average in-state tuition
Harvard University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,305 average out-state tuition; $36,305 average in-state tuition
University of South Florida-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $14,916 average out-state tuition; $5,726 average in-state tuition
Florida International University
Four or more years; Public; $15,388 average out-state tuition; $3,580 average in-state tuition

Public Health Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Urban Fellows Program $30,000 January 13, 2017
Dr. Gary M. Moore Great Plan Scholarship $20,000 February 01, 2017
Minority Fellowship - American Sociological Association $15,000 January 31, 2017
F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship Up to $12,000 December 15, 2016
William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship $10,000 January 31, 2017
After College/AACN Nursing Scholarship $10,000 December 31, 2016
Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship $10,000 January 31, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - Merrimack College $10,000 February 28, 2017
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship Up to $7,000 March 15, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - Stevens Institute of Technology $6,000 January 31, 2017