Public Health Program Mission and Goals
We prepare tomorrow’s public health leaders to preserve, protect, and improve the health of individuals, families and communities through education, investigation, practice and service.
Educate individuals, equip them to serve as public health practitioners, and imbue them with an understanding of the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic influences on health and disease.
- Conduct research and scholarship through multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty and with community health agencies.
- Serve as a regional academic, scholastic, and evidence-based resource and an advocate for a healthy population through involvement in community projects and service.
- Promote the fulfillment of the mission, goals and objectives through a continuing planning and assessment process.
The public health program is committed to the following values:
- The promotion of integrity in all of our activities.
- Service to, and collaboration with, the community, including the local health departments, and other health-related community organizations.
- Collaboration within the New York Medical College community.
New York Medical College has a longstanding tradition of emphasis on public health and social issues affecting medicine. One of the Nation’s oldest and largest private health sciences universities, it was founded in 1860 by William Cullen Bryant and a group of civic leaders in New York City. They were concerned about the way medicine was practiced and taught, the conditions of hospitals, and the general state of public health, because slums, poor sanitation, and epidemics were rampant in America’s largest city. The founders were advocates of moderation in medicinal dosing as well as exercise, healthy diets, and rest, in treating illness.
The rich heritage was augmented by a 50-year relationship with the New York Medical College for Women, which graduated the first female physician in the Nation and the first African-American female physician in New York State (and third in the Nation). When the women’s college closed in 1918, the students transferred in, making New York Medical College one of the first among today’s medical colleges to admit women. In 1928, the College became the first medical school in the Nation to establish a scholarship program specifically for minority students.
Modern times have witnessed a great expansion in the role and extent of public health, most recently defined as “what we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy” (Institute of Medicine, 1988, 2003). Public Health practice now encompasses core functions -such as community health assessment and monitoring, formulating public policies, and assurance and evaluation of access to appropriate and cost-effective care.
In the 1970s the College relocated its main campus to Westchester County, a short drive north of the city, and began an affiliation with the Archdiocese of New York. The College has committed itself, its programs and services, first and foremost to recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of each human person. Further, the College has pledged to communicate that principle by setting an institutional example of special concern for the poor, the powerless, and the helpless, The College endeavors to achieve academic excellence while pursuing the search for knowledge in a spirit of academic freedom.