Illustrating its breadth of scope, Public Health is perhaps best defined by its mission: maximum health for all, via the prevention of disease, disability and unhealthful environmental conditions. The focus is on health conditions of all people in a community, with the goal of prevention. In contrast, medicine focuses on the health conditions of the individual, with treatment as its goal.
Examples of traditional Public Health topics include:
- control and prevent communicable diseases (influenza, pneumonia, childhood diseases, infectious diseases, etc.), including emerging infectious diseases
- control and prevent chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular, etc.)
- promote healthful lifestyles (reduce obesity, tobacco use, injuries/accidents, etc.)
- educate at-risk populations to reduce STDs, teen pregnancy and infant mortality
- ensure safety of drinking and recreational waters
- work with communities on issues such as mental health, substance abuse and social violence.
The “new Public Health” addresses issues associated with bioterrorism, food safety, disaster preparedness, and other community health/safety concerns emerging after 9/11/01.
The Public Health Curriculum at Fredonia:
Our public health minor is one of the few undergraduate public health programs in the region! Public Health is an interdisciplinary field.
After graduation, where do our Public Health minors go?
Here are a few examples …
Graduate PH/Medical/Health Programs
- K. Civiletto, 2012
- R.McMahon, 2011
- L. Puccia, 2009
- R. Wolfe, 2008
- K. Gang, 2008
- K. Zielinski, 2006
- J. Manzone, 2006
- S. Hunt, 2006
- L. Pollinger, 2006
- D. Lanza, 2006
- M. Anderson, 2004
- Social Science Grad. Programs
- K. Sweeney, 2008
- B. Purcell, 2006
- J. Stiglmeier, 2005
- K Hagenbaugh, 2005
- A. Cimilluca, 2009 -- K. Zielinski, 2006
- B. Postlolowski, 2006 -- A. Waite, 2006
- N. Root, 2005
- AmeriCorps/Other Volunteer Services
- M. Anderson, 2004
Some Public Health careers of Fredonia graduates:
- Community Health Educator
- Kelly Beckwith, Am. Assoc. School Admin. (with CDC)
- Sanitarian/Restaurant Inspector
- Melissa Lyon, Chautauqua County Health Dept.
- Sam McLean, Chautauqua Co. Health Dept. (ret.).
- Development Dept. /Grant writer
- Michelle Cinque, Safe Horizons (previously: Regional Food Bank Services of L.A.)
- Asst. Professor, Exercise Sci. & Health Promotion,
- Dr. Tina Penhollow, FL Atlantic U.
- Counter-Terrorism Task Force
- Mike Vendette, Coordinator, Chautauqua County (ret.)
- Foodborne Illness Researcher
- John McQuiston, U.S. Centers for Disease Control/Prev
- Food Import Inspector
- Mark Prusak, U.S. Food & Drug Administration