High school public health courses would benefit students and their communities

September 17, 2019 | Press Releases & Announcements

high school classroomA new article in The Journal of Urban Health argues that high school courses in epidemiology can contribute to improved community health, higher high school graduation rates, and a more diverse pipeline of young people into public health and medical careers.

In the article, authors Emily D’Agostino, a recent graduate of CUNY SPH’s doctoral program and now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Duke University School of Medicine, and Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health at CUNY SPH, make the case that all youth should gain exposure to the skills of population thinking through public health education initiated in high school.

“Urban high schools can become an important new front for engaging young people in health activism, preparing them for careers in health, and contributing to reducing urban health inequities,” Freudenberg says.

D’Agostino, E.M. & Freudenberg, N. “Population Thinking Instruction in High Schools: a Public Health Intervention with Triple Benefits.” J Urban Health (2019)