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About the College of Population Health

From big-picture thinkers wanting to solve global health problems to students aspiring to create healthy outcomes in their own neighborhoods, becoming a student at UNM Health Sciences Center’s newest college could be for you.

The College of Population Health, which focuses on preventing disease and promoting wellness, is only the third of its kind in the world. The college is offering a first-of-its-kind undergraduate degree for Fall 2016.

Skills students will attain include:

  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Community health assessments
  • Program evaluation
  • Health data analytics
  • Community coalition and advocacy
  • Community & clinical program planning
  • Public health protection
  • Case management
  • Data collection
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Technology
  • Health policy

What is population health?

Population health is a “systems-based approach” to improving health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health within a framework that includes the individual, social network, cultural/community, systems of care, and policy levels. Population health embraces a multi-system understanding of the contexts of health and disease of diverse populations.  Growing out of the combined legacies of public health and medicine, placing emphases on social determinants; population health encourages partnerships between health systems and community organizations to achieve their mutual goal to improve health equity and social justice.

Students of population health science must attain a broad set of competencies, including epidemiology, the social and behavioral intervention and prevention sciences, “health equity in all” policy analyses, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods, population health management, finance and economics, data systems, decision science, and environmental health.  The UNM HSC College of Population Health embraces our public and social responsibility to work in partnership with communities, neighborhood organizations, non-profit and government agencies, the private sector, health systems, and policy entities, including tribes, local and state governments, to improve health of the diverse populations of New Mexico, the Southwest, the U.S.-Mexico border, and tribal sovereign nations. 

For admissions information, call (505) 272-4173 or email COPH@salud.unm.edu