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The School of Public Health is home to four divisions that serve as the main administrative units and house the many academic programs and majors. These divisions encompass a wealth of expertise in the fundamental areas of public health and offer a wide array of education, training, research and community outreach opportunities.

Division head: Brad Carlin
Biostatistics techniques make it possible to understand observations from health-related research, whether the result is highlighting a potential cause of cancer or testing a new treatment for AIDS. This division focuses on the statistical methods employed in scientific research around health, from designing studies to calculating and comprehending data.

Environmental Health Sciences
Division head: William Toscano
Environmental and occupational health covers a spectrum of challenges, from public hygiene and environmental pollutants to injury prevention and health risks among industrial workers. This division explores environmental health effects, hazards in the environment, and the development of a basis for environmental and occupational health policy.

Epidemiology & Community Health
Division head: Bernard L. Harlow
For more than six decades, this division has served as a leader in a broad range of studies investigating the distribution, causation and prevention of diseases. In recent years, the division has expanded to include programs in nutrition, alcohol, maternal and child health, and genetics.

Health Policy & Management
Division head: Ira Moscovice
With an eye toward the organization, financing and efficacy of health services, this division addresses some of society’s most pressing health systems issues, from the rising cost of health care to growing disparities in health status. A few focus areas include HMO trends, aging and long-term care, and the impact of medical technology on public policy.

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