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Why study population health at UNM?

At UNM’s College of Population Health, we’re committed to developing students who become innovative leaders for an ever-changing health care system. We strive to help students meet their goals of excelling in research that can enhance the quality of life for all New Mexicans. Our college is part of UNM’s Health Sciences Center, where students will find supportive and knowledgeable faculty who have backgrounds in top-level scientific inquiry, student-centered learning and real-world practice. 

At UNM's College of Population Health students will find:

  • A diverse community – As New Mexico’s flagship university, UNM is a community made up for more than 25,000 students. UNM HSC is known for its programs that reach out to populations that might not otherwise access health care services.
  • A new college with big opportunities in a multicultural setting – “This is an important asset, considering the growth of the Spanish-speaking population in the U.S., the health and social needs of many Latin American countries and the pressing need for bicultural researchers and practitioners.” - Francisco Soto Mas, associate professor of Community Health 
  • Cutting-edge research – Professors are part of world-class scientific research covering areas of epidemiology, health policy analysis, health interventions and more.
  • Hands-on experience – Students spend time in real-world settings through internships and practicum to learn how to best serve patients – whether in the city or in the far reaches of the state.
  • “Our community-based participatory research projects facilitate student involvement – from the bachelors level to post-doc fellows – in collaborative research to reduce health inequities…”- Nina Wallerstein, professor in the College of Population Health
  • Value – The price of our tuition is hard to beat, averaging below national and regional costs.