Protecting the Public’s Health

Public Health refers to “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities, and individuals.”

The Department of Public Health Education (PHE) is a robust and dynamic department of 22 full-time faculty members; together we are a community of scholars, educators, researchers, and learners.  Our mission is focused on promoting health within communities and on changing lives.  We accomplish this through:

  • Conducting translational research
  • Collaborating across disciplines
  • Advancing knowledge in health education and public health
  • Engaging in community-based practice
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs
  • Assessing health needs in communities and with communities
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UNCG PHE students and faculty members work together during the “Write Off Site” writing event. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Erausquin.


Faculty members have been trained in a variety of disciplines and have unique research interests.  The multitude of interests and experiences, all focused around community health promotion creates a lively and engaged interdisciplinary experience.


Our students and faculty are driven to examine many aspects of public health, including:

Here at UNCG, we are “committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion – ideals that are deeply woven into our institutional history and the history of our region.”