Message from the Chair
Our mission in the Department of Health Sciences is to educate the next generation of leaders in public health and clinical health professions; to conduct cutting-edge research on causes of negative health outcomes and ways to prevent them; and to contribute to our communities locally, nationally, and globally.
Our undergraduate major in Health Sciences is among the most popular at Northeastern and our major in Public Health is an outstanding option for students with an interest in sociocultural factors shaping health, public health policy or administration. Undergraduates in our majors learn hands-on through exciting co-op placements, mostly in the Greater Boston area – a hub of public health and clinical activity.
Our Master of Public Health (MPH) and other master’s programs share a commitment to experiential learning and offer unmatched levels of interaction between students and expert faculty. The Population Health PhD program offers close faculty mentorship and has an enviable track record of placement of students into faculty positions at top universities. The innovative, PhD program in Personal Health Informatics, conducted jointly with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, is a model of interdisciplinary education.
Though our faculty have a variety of backgrounds and foci, a passion for advancing health equity is a strong, unifying factor that permeates our research, teaching, and community involvement. These efforts take on many forms, including the activities of our Social Justice Steering Committee; efforts to advance LGBTQ+ health; and to mitigate negative impacts of racism and other prejudices.
I believe the more you learn about our department, the more excited you will become about what our faculty, staff and students have accomplished, but even more so about what can be accomplished in the future.