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CUNY: High School Public Health Courses Would Benefit Students and Their Communities

A new article in The Journal of Urban Health argues that high school courses in epidemiology can contribute to improved community health, higher high school graduation rates, and a more diverse pipeline of young people into public health and medical careers.

In the article, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy researchers Dr. Emily D’Agostino, a recent doctoral graduate and now an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Duke University School of Medicine, and Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, make the case that all youth should gain exposure to the skills of population thinking through public health education initiated in high school.

“Urban high schools can become an important new front for engaging young people in health activism, preparing them for careers in health, and contributing to reducing urban health inequities,” Dr. Freudenberg says.

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