Our Focus

Focusing on Areas of Largest Impact

Public health works in many ways to influence the health of populations and individuals.  One of the most popular models that describes how public health should work is the Socio-Ecological model, which describes various levels of impact on the health of populations.  An illustration of this model developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) helps to visual the model at work. 

Socio-eco Model


Our Department of Public Health Policy, Management, and Leadership focuses on studying and implementing changes at the outside circles of this model, where the largest impacts can be made (Policy, Community, and Organization).