UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

Zilber School of Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1240 N. 10th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
p. (414) 227-3001

About Public Health

Public health is concerned with protecting the health and wellbeing of entire communities and populations. It is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health and wellbeing through the organized efforts of society. Whereas medicine mostly treats people once they become sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place.

Public health asks: What makes some people healthy and others less healthy? How can we create a society in which everyone has a chance to thrive?

From conducting scientific research to advocating for policies and educating about health, public health professionals work to assure the conditions in which all people can be healthy. These include the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems that shape these conditions of daily life. Thus, public health covers a wide range of factors that affect population health and wellbeing, such as economic and social policies, poverty, environmental hazards, access to quality healthcare, health-promoting behaviors, and genes.

The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health embraces its mission to advance population health, health equity, and social and environmental justice among diverse communities in Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond through education, research, community engagement, and advocacy for health-promoting policies and strategies. We educate current and future public health professionals in the science, practice, critical thinking, and leadership skills necessary to promote population health and reduce health inequities.

Degree Programs

The Zilber School of Public Health offers graduate degree programs and select undergraduate courses in-person and online. An undergraduate BS degree in Public Health is under development and will begin as early as fall 2018. Current undergraduate public health courses cover a range of topics, helpful to prepare for many careers. Start with an introductory course, PH 101 and/or PH 142, and if they spark your interest, enroll in a specialized, more advanced class. These cover topics as diverse as climate change and human health (PH 303), adolescent health (PH 306), and how factors like race and racism impact population health (PH 319). PH 101 and PH 306 meet the Social Sciences (SS) GER, and PH 303 meets the Natural Sciences (NS) GER.

Our graduate degree programs include three doctoral programs in Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, and Envrionmental Health Sciences, and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with five tracks: Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Public Health Policy and Administration. Graduates from across UWM may have an interest in one of these exciting programs of study. Interested undergraduates should contact applyph@uwm.edu to learn more.


Undergraduate Courses


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