Public Health Program

Welcome

Dear PHP Faculty, Current Students, Staff, Alumni and Friends,

Our Public Health Program (PHP) began offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a General Track emphasis in 2002.  In 2007, the Public Health Program (PHP) added MPH tracks in Epidemiology and Environmental Health and a Doctoral program in Epidemiology, leading to a DrPH degree. In April 2013, the Council on Education for Public Health accredited the PHP. The US Department of Education recognizes the CEPH as an independent agency that accredits schools of public health and public health programs.

I am pleased to announce you that in March 2019 the CEPH Board of Councilors reaccredited the Public Health Program for a seven-year term! The CEPH reaccreditation is a result of your hard work and support. This is an exciting time for our program, and it is important to inform faculty, students, alumni, and community members about news, events, workforce development, and continuing education in the PHP.  I hope that you will value this and future editions of this Newsletter.

Your support is invaluable in continuing the outstanding work of the PHP.

Sincerely,

Vivian S Green PhD, MS, LND
Associate Dean of Public Health Program
Ponce Health Sciences University

Public Health Program

The mission of Public Health Program at PHSU is to provide the highest quality education, research and population-based services.  This will be accomplished through an innovative, dynamic, responsive public health curriculum while preparing ethical competent professional public health practitioners and researchers to be able to excel in promoting and protecting health in the community and in a diverse, globalized society.

The vision of Public Health Program commits and aspires to be a leader in preparing public health professionals, by excellence in academia and by building and expanding public health knowledge and competency, to improve the health of communities and populations locally and across the world.

The Public Health Oath:

I solemnly swear to do everything in my reach to safeguard human and environmental health, through prevention, protection, promotion, and educational efforts. I accept the responsibility to use my talents, training, and professional experience to infuse public trust in all my efforts in public health. It is my personal compromise to serve the community with integrity and pride.

Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology

Master in Public Health

The purpose of the Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology (DrPH) is to educate professionals with knowledge, skills and abilities in the development of epidemiological methodology applied to health needs including the identification of risk factors, clinical research, programs assessment, prevention, protection and treatment of diseases. These professionals will contribute to the enhancement of the public health through analyses and reformulation of laws that impact health on the local, state and federal levels.

The MPH Program is established in response to the needs of our society. It provides a multidisciplinary program through education, research and community service to develop the skills of a public health professional necessary for the protection of health and prevention of disease of the individuals and communities. Students will be well prepared to improve the challenges of our health care such as improving the access of people suffering contagious diseases and work to reduce environmental hazards such as violence, drug use and abuse, accidents, etc.

Dr. Yashira Marie Sánchez Colón, Assistant Professor

Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2006, and she earned both a Master’s Degree in Environmental Analysis and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico, in 2012 and 2015, respectively.  Dr. Sánchez-Colón offers the courses of Water Quality Measurements, Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Laboratory.  Prior to this position, she was Chemistry Instructor at Universidad del Turabo, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.  She is member of the Puerto Rico College of Chemists and the American Chemical Society.  Dr. Sánchez-Colón’s interests include the monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, especially nutrient concentrations and eutrophication in freshwater wetlands and issues related to both the Clean Water Act and Drinking Water Act.  The prevention and assessment of health effects from environmental exposures are focal areas of Dr. Sánchez’ ongoing research interests

Dr. Yashira Marie Sánchez Colón, Assistant Professor