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

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Voyager Scholarship

Obama Foundation

Up to $50,000 June 14, 2022 See Details
 

Voyager Scholarship

Obama Foundation

award

Up to $50,000

deadline

June 14, 2022
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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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Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

award

$6,000

deadline

Varies
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Medical School Scholarship

Panacea Financial

$5,000 June 30, 2022 See Details
 

Medical School Scholarship

Panacea Financial

award

$5,000

deadline

June 30, 2022
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2022 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Tylenol / McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division

Up to $10,000 July 01, 2022 See Details
 

2022 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Tylenol / McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

July 01, 2022
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National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship

National Hispanic Health Foundation

Up to $5,000 September 23, 2022 See Details
 

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship

National Hispanic Health Foundation

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

September 23, 2022
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Military Spouse Scholarship

Western Governors University

Up to $4,000 Varies See Details
 

Military Spouse Scholarship

Western Governors University

award

Up to $4,000

deadline

Varies
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AMN/HCC Scholarship Contest

Health Care Communicators of San Diego

$3,000 June 30, 2022 See Details
 

AMN/HCC Scholarship Contest

Health Care Communicators of San Diego

award

$3,000

deadline

June 30, 2022
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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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