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Explore our ever-expanding ecosystem of public health resources. Stay in the know as you read articles about big data, climate change and global equality in public health. Keep informed as you browse infographics about topics ranging from the anatomy of an outbreak, like the Zika virus, to the worldwide state of HIV/AIDS. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the field, our library of videos, articles and infographics will provide you with industry-relevant information to enhance your perspective. Start exploring now.

Guns and Public Health

Remaining aware of general trends and top threats to public health is a key ingredient to success for MPH degree seekers. One such top threat is the prevalence of guns in the United States, as gun-related injuries and deaths number in thousands every year. See our latest infographic for a breakdown of the dilemma public […]

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Flint Water Crisis

If you’re working toward your MPH degree  you’ve likely heard about the Flint Water crisis. But how did things go so wrong? See a timeline of events in our latest infographic: For more information on the USC Master of Public Health Online, visit the website: http://mphdegree.usc.edu Add This Infographic to Your Site University of Southern California […]

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United Nations Sustainable Goal Development

The UN has many goals and initiatives across a broad spectrum of public health matters. This graphic shows a few of the initiatives the UN is working on in 2016. Those pursuing an online MPH degree can see just how important some of their career work can be. For more information on the USC Master […]

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Transforming Public Health Worldwide

As technology advances, new ways of tracking outbreaks are continually evolving. As you work toward your online MPH degree http://mphdegree.usc.edu, you’ll learn that Medical Geographic Information Systems have become an important tool for transforming public health worldwide. Here’s how: For more information on the USC Master of Public Health Online, visit the website: http://mphdegree.usc.edu Add […]

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The Worldwide State of HIV AIDS

For more information on the USC Master of Public Health Online, visit the website: http://mphdegree.usc.edu Add This Infographic to Your Site University of Southern California Master of Public Health Online

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The Horrors of The Hantavirus

Add This Infographic to Your Site University of Southern California Master of Public Health Online For more information on the USC Master of Public Health Online, visit the website: http://mphdegree.usc.edu

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How Ebola Spreads

According to the CDC, the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. Your public health degree places you among a select group of people who can accurately (and likely often) answer questions about the spread and treatment of the deadly virus, which has thrust public health officials into the spotlight since it began plaguing […]

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The Zika Virus Outbreak

For those aspiring to or working toward an MPH degree online the circumstances of the Zika virus outbreak provide unique insights into the progression of an international public health emergency. See what we know so far about the virus in our latest infographic: For more information on the USC Master of Public Health Online, visit […]

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Anatomy of an Outbreak

You won’t be surprised, as you work toward your Master’s Degree in Public Health, that devastating outbreaks still occur despite numerous controls and regulations. Proper handling of those outbreaks is key to containing them and preventing them from spreading. See the details of a recent outbreak that demonstrates this fact: For more information on the […]

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Why Get Your MPH Degree?

If the idea of improving and protecting the health of patients on a national or global scale appeals to you, you may consider earning your Master of Public Health degree.

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Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling Abroad

When traveling abroad, consider and address any health situations before heading to faraway destinations. Being aware, taking precautions, and being ready, can make a significant difference in your state of health. Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment Image via Flickr by AngelHainesPhotography Allow plenty of time for both a medical and dental check-up before traveling. You may […]

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A Year in Review – Public Health Issues of 2014

As we are well into 2015, we can look back on 2014 as a year of colds, stomach bugs, and flus shared schools, offices, and public spaces across the country. It was also a year of epidemics and other public health issues. What such issues should you know about this year, thanks to what we […]

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Mapping Health

Throughout the U.S. and the world, tracking the prevalence of health campaigns and the spread of diseases is an important part of managing public health. For professionals with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, understanding the spread of diseases and the reach of public health efforts is vital. Learn about five instances where maps proved critical to […]

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Preparation for Public Health Emergencies

After reviewing the response to the Ebola outbreak, an independent panel of public health experts believes the World Health Organization (WHO) “does not currently possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response,” according to the “Report of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel.” In light of that statement, what should […]

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Recent Outbreaks and How They Were Handled

From Ebola to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), outbreaks can affect both isolated and global populations. Discover how local and international public health authorities have handled five recent outbreaks. Avian Influenza Image via Flickr by DFAT photo library A type of influenza virus, avian influenza A(H7N9) began spreading from poultry to humans in China in 2013. For […]

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The 3 Most Important Vaccines in 2015

According to one Business Insider article, vaccines have numerous vital benefits. Each year, they save tens of thousands of children’s lives. They also help to eliminate diseases and can prevent chronic diseases. By preventing disease, vaccines save billions of dollars every year in health care costs, especially since preventing disease is better for people than merely treating diseases. Vaccines clearly play […]

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The Top Public Health Organizations to Watch

As you pursue your master’s in public health, you’ll want to pay attention to organizations that specialize in public health. These entities regularly apply public health principles, making them rich educational resources for people who are new to the field. Furthermore, they may present job opportunities after you graduate. Here are top public health organizations to […]

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How Public Health Has Evolved

In a 2013 statement introducing new engagement policies, the World Health Organization said, “The global public health landscape has changed dramatically since WHO was established in 1948.” In fact, the founding of the WHO, concurrent with the formation of the United Nations, was itself an important step in the evolution of the field of public […]

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4 of This Year’s Food Related Public Health Issues

One of the key areas of focus in public health is food safety, because it affects people of every age, race, gender, and income level around the world. Rapidly advancing technology and globalization continue to have significant impacts on food safety, both positive and negative. Here are four of the most significant issues in food […]

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3 Evolving Public Health Technologies

The world has embraced an information age. According to medical writers Jai P. Narain and Roderico Ofrin, technology itself is changing rapidly and influencing all aspects of our lives, including the health care field. Discover three advances that are making public health initiatives work more efficiently and effectively. Mobile Checkups Bridge Gap Between Practitioner and Patient […]

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Reaction and Recommendations from W.H.O and C.D.C. regarding Zika Virus

In an emergency meeting on Monday February 1st, the World Health Organization highlighted the urgent need for an international response to the rapidly growing outbreak of the Zika Virus, declaring it a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The meeting was organized as cases of microcephaly in babies born to mothers who had contracted the […]

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4 Volunteer Opportunities for the MPH Student

Building your résumé while in school might be the single most important thing you do to advance your career. Of course, learning the material and receiving high grades from a recognized school is important, but your résumé should be an impressive paper profile of things you’ve done and things you can do that all tie […]

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All About GeoHealth

The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California announced GeoHealth as a new track in its Master of Public Health online program. The first of its kind, GeoHealth is a specialized study area that represents a new direction in public health. The program started accepting applications in the fall of 2014. What is GeoHealth? Image […]

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7 Careers in Public Health

If you are interested in public health, there are a number of different career options you can consider. From science to nutrition, your focus is entirely up to you. The wide range of options will often require an extended degree, like a Master of Public Health. Natural Science Manager One of the highest paying public […]

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4 Pioneers of Public Health

Public health is the protection of the society as a whole by improving health of each individual person. This includes researching disease and finding ways of preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Here are some of the top pioneers of public health. Edward Jenner Image via Flickr by Ted Eytan Smallpox caused death in an […]

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4 Epidemics That Changed the Way We Respond to Disease

As long as there is life on earth, there will be illness. New bacteria and viruses that cause epidemics are constantly evolving — but so is our response to them. We’ve come a long way since the Black Death wiped out much of Europe’s population in the 14th century. Each epidemic has brought its own […]

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4 Ways Technology Is Changing Public Health Outreach

What are the new ways that public health agencies are interfacing with the public to raise both general and emergency health awareness? #1 Social Media Circus Online networking has made some drastic changes to both personal and community health endeavors, mainly by enabling large numbers of people to quickly share data. This has made preventive […]

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5 Top Public Health Concerns of 2016

What situations, epidemics and developments are public health experts most concerned about in the coming year? #1 Antibiotic Resistance With record numbers of superbugs cropping up due to previously widespread antibiotic over-usage, it has become top priority to rapidly identify and stop outbreaks of drug-resistant organisms and improve the “rational use” of antibiotics among humans […]

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7 Techniques to Increase Community Emergency Preparedness

Since 9/11, government agencies at all levels across the nation have received more than $36 billion in funding for disaster preparedness. This subsidizing has helped improve the general state of emergency preparedness overall, but as money becomes scarcer, this could change, especially concerning public health emergencies.  In the face of funding cuts, how do we […]

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Healthcare and the Millennial Factor

What are the unique ways millennials use healthcare, and how does that affect public health costs and concerns? An Apple A Day Millennials tend to avoid visiting the doctor, specifying “time,” “money,” and “uncertainty” as major factors in skipping physician visits. These factors correspond with generational attitudes regarding cost/benefit; weaned on a series of financial […]

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Ways That Public Health Laboratories Fight Disease Daily

Public health laboratories help protect the public against disease and biological threats, and are often the first line of defense in identifying new health hazards.How do public health laboratories operate, and what kind of tasks do they perform on an everyday level? What They Are Whether working for federal or local governments, public health laboratories […]

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What the Zika Virus Means for the Future of Public Health

Given the increase in Zika-related microcephaly and infant mortality, doctors are advising that pregnant and potentially child-bearing women avoid traveling to threatened areas, and if they live in areas already exposed to outbreak, that they even consider delaying pregnancy. What does the spread of the Zika virus mean for the continuing care of affected babies, […]

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What We Can Learn From The Flint Lead Crisis

Any decisions made regarding the distribution of natural resources have a ripple effect on public health. In 2013, the water supply in Flint, MI was switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River. This economically-driven decision was supposed to save the county and state money during a two years’ water system integration period, but […]

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Why Mapping Police-Related Fatalities Matters

Amidst the swirl of several intense, high-profile public debates concerning police brutality, a group of public health researchers from Harvard University is arguing that law enforcement-related deaths—both of police officers and of members of the public—are not strictly a criminal justice concern, but a public health concern as well. But just how can public health […]

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Big Data and Public Health

Predictive analytics and other forms of big data are making a difference in public health initiatives. See how on our blog.

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Careers in Public Health Education

From health coordinator to health promotion specialist, learn about growing career options in public health education.

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Climate Change and Public Health

Climate change is a public health issue. See why it is growing in importance every day on our blog.

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Global Equality and Public Health

Inequality in the health of nations is undeniable. See why some public health concerns are also concerns of global equality on our blog.

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How Bullying is a Public Health Issue

There are a multitude of emotional and psychological effects of bullying. See why bullying has become a public health issue on our blog.

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New Technologies that May Change Health Care Delivery

A multitude of new technologies are changing health care delivery. See the specifics on our blog.

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The American Public Health Association and Gun Violence

Gun violence has been referred to as a public health concern. See the position of the American Public Health Association on our blog.

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Government Careers for the Master of Public Health

There are a multitude of public health related career opportunities available in government. See what they are on our blog.

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Samet contributes to surgeon general’s first report on e-cigarettes and youth

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has released a new report calling e-cigarettes “a major public health concern.” “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General,” the first comprehensive review on this public health challenge from the nation’s highest public health authority, features input from Keck School faculty. The report offers […]

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Keck School receives $2.5 million grant for translational osteoarthritis research

The Keck School is one of four institutions to receive a multi-million dollar grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for translational research projects. The $2.5 million grant will support potential osteoarthritis therapies that could significantly impact standards of care for the disease. Grant recipient Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD, associate professor of orthopaedic […]

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Keck School receives $6 million from National Institutes of Health for obesity research

The Keck School was awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support projects that could prevent obesity and treat obesity-related fatty liver disease in Hispanic populations. Michael Goran, PhD, professor of preventive medicine, co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the […]

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Understanding These Four Public Health Technologies

New, advanced technologies continue to change life around us at an increasing pace, and the public health field is no exception. Some were not originally intended for public health, but have now become extremely beneficial. Others are directly designed for health management enhancement. Here are four technologies that have the ability to reshape public health […]

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The Importance of Community in Public Health Initiatives

The most successful public health initiatives have three things in common: they were initiated by a serious risk or health threat that affected everyone regardless of background, they were solved by innovative solutions, and they were implemented through community involvement Image via. When Community Is Left Out of Discussion HIV/AIDS spread during the early 1980s […]

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The Public Health Implications of Natural Disasters

The fundamental problem with disasters, which also makes them so likely to cause public health emergencies, is that these events displace a significant number of people and cause conditions that often do not meet basic subsistence standards. In a natural disaster, basic health and medical infrastructure is usually broken or eliminated, and fundamental resources such […]

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5 Emerging Public Health Concerns

The year 2016 saw some amazing public health responses and put the spotlight on a number of new emerging health risks. Nature’s ability to evolve and change makes the field of public health a challenging endeavor. Here are five issues that began in 2016, and will continue to present concerns and challenges in the near […]

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The Things That Keep People Healthy

Humans are predictable creatures for good reason. The large majority of people are social, align themselves to systems and tend to operate in organized patterns. We see this set of tendencies repeatedly in life, school, work and family. However, just as we pick up good habits and practices, we can do the same with bad […]

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Guns as a Public Health Issue

In mid-June 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1006, which created the California Firearm Violence Research Center, with the goal of studying the public health implications of guns and gun violence. In some respects the program will help pick up and continue work that was being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Prevention and Public Health: The Connection

An effective and robust public health system can improve the health and well being of people across the nation. While public health is complex, prevention has played an increasingly important role in building effective policies in recent years. That’s why, as you work toward your Online Master of Public Health degree, it is such an […]

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A Growing Heroin Epidemic

Opioid use in the United States has made frequent headlines in recent years, becoming such a substantial concern that public health officials consider it an epidemic. As you work toward your masters in public health online, this issue is important to understand, as it is one you will likely learn more about in your coursework […]

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Prescription Drug Addiction and Overdose: A Public Health Fight

Prescription pain medications bind to receptors in the brain or body to reduce pain. While prescription drugs are certainly useful in many cases, such as for patients with chronic pain, for post-operative care, or to manage pain after an injury, the problem comes when people become addicted to these medications. The most common drugs used […]

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6 Public Health Predictions for 2017

As chronic illnesses evolve, epidemics run their course, and environmental issues take hold, public health officials adjust their focus and resources as necessary. As you consider pursuing a master’s of public health degree or are currently working in the field, it’s essential to know the current trends and issues affecting communities around the globe. Take […]

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Mental Illness and Public Health

In many parts of the world, mental illness has long been considered a taboo topic, one unworthy of public discussion or acknowledgement. In recent decades, however, health care specialists around the globe have begun to shine the spotlight on mental illness and its wide-ranging impact on overall health. Learn how experts are reframing mental illness […]

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Checking in: President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

Not many people knew what to expect when Donald Trump moved into the White House. Not only was this the business executive’s first experience with politics, but he had also flipped back and forth on many issues throughout the course of his campaign. His stances on certain issues seemed to be constantly changing, and many […]

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The Flu in 2016: Looking Back

Each year, both national and global public health organizations monitor outbreaks and infection patterns for influenza and other communicable diseases. These reports enable public health officials to make recommendations and take action to contain outbreaks and improve people’s health around the world. Find out how authorities handled flu outbreaks in 2016, and learn what this […]

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MPH Student Success Story Spotlight on Michael Pham

USC MPH Student Success Spotlight Webinar: Spotlight on Michael Pham Thursday, November 19, 2016 In this Student Success Spotlight webinar, University of Southern California’s Master of Public Health (MPH) online program student, Michael Quocminh Pham, discusses  his personal success story integrating learnings from the USC MPH online program to his work leading public health efforts in the Dominican Republic. […]

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Trojan Success Story Alexandra Bodan

University of Southern California MPH Online Program (USCMPH) Testimonial: I am currently a 2nd year graduate majoring in Public Health with my track degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. My area of interest in in Children’s Health and Obesity, particularly adolescent children as many hormonal changes are occurring around this age during puberty. I am interested […]

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International Practicum Revealed webinar

Show Transcript Ligia: Hello, and welcome to the Master of Public Health Online program International Practicum Revealed Webinar spotlighting Kieshla Louchnikov presented by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today. I’m marketing manager Ligia Popescu […]

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Admissions Requirements and Application Process Webinar

Date Originally presented in 2015 Panelists Dr. Shubha Kumar, PhD, MPH Program Director, Master of Public Health Online Program Phillip Solaria Enrollment Advisor Master of Public Health Online Program Description This event is a broad overview of the program, the online community and also covers admission requirements.

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Introduction to GeoHealth

Introduction to GeoHealth Track Video

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USC Launches New Public Health Policy Concentration for Online Master of Public Health Program

LOS ANGELES — The University of Southern California is proud to announce the launch of a new Public Health Policy track for its online Master of Public Health program. Policy-making is one of the cornerstones of the public health arena, and this concentration provides a gateway for students to examine the laws and regulations that […]

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University of Southern California Launches New GeoHealth Track in Online Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – The University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine is proud to announce the launch of its GeoHealth track as part of the Master of Public Health online program. This specialty, the first of its kind, will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2014 term. “We are excited to pioneer this […]

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