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.
Data to inform public health practices and interventions are all around us. In this course, you will gain skills to approach public health data thoughtfully, draw reasoned inferences from it, and recommend data-based actions with confidence. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to obtain and interpret public health data in order to assess the assets and health disparities of a specific community. You will identify factors in the community that can contribute to public health, including community resources, and connect those factors to the organizations and services that can help address them. With this knowledge, you will offer recommendations based on a profile you will develop of the community in which you live or work.
It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Public Health and COVID-19” and “Public Health Foundations” or have equivalent experience.
- Obtain and interpret public health data
- Create and analyze a community health profile
- Identify factors contributing to known public health trends and issues, including community resources
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 well-being, community development, preventing disease and injury, or leading change to support health equity