Dr. Gen Meredith, a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine (Occupational Therapy) and the University of Massachusetts’ School of Public Health (Master of Public Health), has come to Cornell to help design and lead the Master of Public Health program. Prior to this, Dr. Meredith spent eight years leading large international development projects with a focus on national public health systems development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and four years doing the same in the United States. Dr. Meredith’s work has centered primarily on institutional capacity development and growth specifically related to integrated disease surveillance and response systems, the routine collection and use of data, and effective public health leadership and management infrastructure to support population health access and accountability.
The field of public health has been evolving for centuries, and thanks to research and documentation, you will learn from and build upon the lessons and successes of the past. In this course, you will explore how public health is funded and administered in the U.S., what some of the key tools and functions of public health are, and who implements this powerful work in our communities.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Public Health Foundations
Key Course Takeaways
- Identify assets and resources that can be used to improve public health
- Explore the application of the three core functions and ten essential services of public health
- Apply learnings from history to inform the public health actions of today
- Demonstrate the importance of cross-sector and community collaboration in advancing health equity
- Explore cultural humility and practice inclusive communication methods
How It Works
Dr. Alex Travis’s research explores a diverse set of subjects related to One Health, which is interdisciplinary work that links the functions and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. His interests include animal health and fertility as well as efforts to help alleviate poverty and hunger in developing countries, work that indirectly benefits local wildlife. Dr. Travis serves as Associate Dean of International Programs and Public Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and he is founding Director of Cornell’s Master of Public Health program.
Who Should Enroll
- Community health leaders
- Emerging public health leaders
- Public health volunteers
- Volunteers working with high-risk populations
- Outreach coordinators
- Anyone interested in personal and collective health and wellbeing, community development, preventing disease and injury, or leading change to support health equity