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 watch.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As noted on the CDC website, the organization’s mission is to “protect America from health, safety, and security threats…To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.”
As you explore the CDC website, you’ll discover some of the health concerns that the CDC strives to ameliorate. For example, the organization battles drug epidemics, obesity, and health issues abroad that may impact public wellness in the U.S.
World Health Organization (WHO)
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The United Nations came into being in 1945, and WHO soon followed, making its debut in 1948. WHO serves as an international authority on public health issues. According to WHO, some of the health concerns that the organization addresses include:
- Health systems, with universal health coverage as the ultimate goal
- Non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease and stroke
- Communicable diseases
- Public health emergencies
As part of the United Nations system, WHO has a far-reaching influence and may provide special opportunities for new public health specialists to explore the world and make a positive impact.
American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA outlines its rich history, stating that the organization started in 1872, when science first made it possible to gain insight into what causes communicable diseases. Since that time, APHA has grown and continues to strive to tackle public health issues through educational campaigns and other efforts. APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health. Each year it organizes National Public Health Week.
APHA states that it has more than 25,000 public health professionals as members. You may wish to join so you can have a part in what APHA accomplishes. Student memberships are also available.
The Carter Center
The Carter Center is a charitable organization with a focus on public health. While there may be some overlap between what the Carter Center does and what other public health organizations do, the Carter Center claims that it “seeks to break new ground and not duplicate the effective efforts of others.”
The Center lists some of its current projects, which include:
- Efforts to eradicate guinea worm
- Programs to fight river blindness
- Mental health initiatives
How to Keep Up With Public Health Organizations
The abovementioned organizations invite the public to keep tabs on their projects and accomplishments. They all have social media accounts that you can follow. Their websites are also rich sources of information about what they strive to do, and most of the websites even contain information about opportunities to join these organizations.
By keeping up with public health organizations, you can continue to grow your knowledge about important issues that affect nations and individuals across the globe.