Public Health

Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals". Analyzing the health of a population and the threats is the basis for public health. The "public" in question can be as small as a handful of people, an entire village or it can be as large as several continents, in the case of a pandemic. "Health" takes into account physical, mental and social well-being. It is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to the World Health Organization. Public health is interdisciplinary. For example, epidemiology, biostatistics and health services are all relevant. Environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy, mental health and occupational safety, gender issues in health, sexual and reproductive health are other important subfields.

Public health aims to improve the quality of life through prevention and treatment of disease, including mental health. This is done through the surveillance of cases and health indicators, and through the promotion of healthy behaviors. Common public health initiatives include promoting handwashing and breastfeeding, delivery of vaccinations, suicide prevention and distribution of condoms to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Modern public health practice requires multidisciplinary teams of public health workers and professionals. Teams might include epidemiologists, biostatisticians, medical assistants, public health nurses, midwives, medical microbiologists, economists, sociologists, geneticists and data managers. Depending on the need environmental health officers or public health inspectors, bioethicists, and even veterinarians, gender experts, sexual and reproductive health specialists might be called on.

Access to health care and public health initiatives are difficult challenges in developing countries. Public health infrastructures are still forming in those countries.

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Scholarships for Public Health Majors

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 02, 2020 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 02, 2020
See Details
 

Willard L. Eccles Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Utah State University, College of Science

$18,000 Varies See Details
 

Willard L. Eccles Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Utah State University, College of Science

award

$18,000

deadline

Varies
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Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,002 January 31, 2021 See Details
 

Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

award

$5,002

deadline

January 31, 2021
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Paez-Garcia-Schow Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$2,950 Varies See Details
 

Paez-Garcia-Schow Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$2,950

deadline

Varies
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Memorial Foundation Scholarship - SWIC

Southwestern Illinois College

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Memorial Foundation Scholarship - SWIC

Southwestern Illinois College

award

$2,500

deadline

Varies
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Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship

Calvin College

$2,400 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship

Calvin College

award

$2,400

deadline

February 01, 2021
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Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship

Calvin College

$2,300 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship

Calvin College

award

$2,300

deadline

February 01, 2021
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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

award

$2,000

deadline

Varies
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Norma Adams Scholarship

University of Iowa Health Care

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Norma Adams Scholarship

University of Iowa Health Care

award

$2,000

deadline

Varies
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Molly Yeffeth Krain and Irwin Amrani Memorial Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - College of Health Sciences

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Molly Yeffeth Krain and Irwin Amrani Memorial Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - College of Health Sciences

award

$2,000

deadline

Varies
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