Why Public Health?


  • Health issues of today connect the health of patients and populations.
  • Health reform requires skills in population health.
  • Physicians have a role and responsibility in improving public (population) health
  • Medical students will become better doctors.

Proportional Contribution to Premature Death*

Genetics: 30%, Social: 15%, Environmental: 5%, Health Care: 10%, Behavioral: 40%

*Determinants of Health and Their Contribution to Premature Death (McGinness et al. 2002)
from Schroeder S. NEJM 357(12): 1221, 2007 (PDF)