Program Overview

Our Vision: To advance health and well‐being, equitably for all people and sustainably for our planet

We live in a world that is stressed by global‐scale changes. Climate change. Over‐use of natural resources. Globalization. Rising inequity. These forces affect public health, our ability to achieve health and wellbeing. Infectious diseases cross borders and cross species. Changes in climate and environmental toxins influence both infectious and chronic disease. Uncoordinated urban, economic and environmental development impacts the diversity, health, and well‐being of all living things.

Public health is the profession that bridges disciplines to prevent disease, promote health and wellbeing, and prolong life among populations. Given the nature of our interactive global community, public health is complex. To achieve public health in this era, we must think in bigger and bolder ways, with sustainability and equity at the core. To do this, we need many brilliant minds with varied disciplinary backgrounds gathered around one table with a shared goal.

Our Mission: To utilize a systems‐based approach to promote equitable and sustainable advancements in health and well‐being of people in New York State and around the world

Our MPH program brings diverse experts together to help train the next generation of public health leaders. Leveraging Cornell’s diverse faculty expertise in human, animal, and environmental health, agricultural production, urban planning, and management systems. Our strategy is to develop public health leaders who take a systems‐based, trans‐disciplinary approach to address and improve local, regional, national, and/or international health issues. To achieve this, our program is founded on four pillars:

  • The Core Functions and Essential Services of public health, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to fill traditional and emerging public health roles.
  • A core value of equity. The health and wellbeing of one population should not come at the expense of another, whether now or in the future.
  • The Planetary Health framework that challenges us to consider health through the lens of sustainability, understanding the complex relationships between the health of people and the health of the environment.
  • The One Health paradigm that highlights the intersections between human, animal, and environmental health, to help students assess and address public health needs using a broader systems perspective.

Capitalizing on Cornell’s strengths, students will specialize in one of two concentration areas:

  • Graduates from the Infectious Disease Epidemiology program will be trained to help prevent and respond to emerging viral, bacterial, or parasitic disease outbreaks, including the ability to measure and track disease spread, map and disseminate appropriate public health communications, and lead a coordinated response to address the public health need.
  • Graduates from the Food Systems and Health program will be trained to assess and coordinate policy, programs, or interventions that ensure safe and sustainable land use, food production, food storage and processing, food delivery, and consumption, helping to prevent and reduce the global burden of chronic and food‐borne infectious diseases.

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