The nation faces great health challenges resulting from increasing rates of preventable conditions like diabetes and obesity, health disparities related to poverty and ethnicity, and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases at the human-animal-environment interface due to globalization, climate change and other factors. Such health challenges affect well-being and economic viability of communities in rural and urban settings and have been documented particularly in Southwest and Southside Virginia and the Appalachian region. Building and maintaining a sufficiently large and appropriately trained public health workforce is paramount to the health of all Americans.
Virginia Tech for many years has offered a number of undergraduate and graduate courses with public health relevance. The university now has put in place a cohesive educational program to provide students the advanced skills and expertise necessary to join the public health workforce with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The integration and expansion of public health offerings at Virginia Tech contributes effectively to the enhancement of health in communities of Southwest and Southside Virginia, the Commonwealth, the Appalachian Region, and the United States. The Master of Public Health degree program in the Department of Population Health Sciences is administered by the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
The Public Health Program received its 5-year accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accreditation body for schools and programs in public health, on June 8, 2013.
Susan West Marmagas - Interim Director, Public Health Program