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.
Public health actions should be informed by data, and opportunities to use data that can inform public health interventions are everywhere. In this course, you will build your data- and evidence-based public health skills and confidence. You will explore trusted and reliable sources of public health data and look for themes and disparities that can answer your questions about a community's health and wellbeing.
You will identify factors in your own community that contribute to positive or negative public health outcomes and practice supporting your perspective with data. Finally, you will connect those factors to the organizations and services that can help address them, offering recommendations you can use to serve and improve the health of the community in which you live or work.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Public Health Foundations
- Assessing and Implementing Public Health
Key Course Takeaways
- Identify reliable and accessible public health data sources
- Obtain and interpret public health data to inform decision making
- Create and analyze a community demographics and health profile to identify population health disparities
- Research community resources to address public health needs
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