The health of populations is a persistent and imperative global concern. We are faced with significant population health challenges that range from rapidly growing and ageing populations to urbanisation, climate change, new patterns of disease, sustainable development and environmental health challenges, management of man-made and natural disasters, healthcare financing and healthcare reforms.
Public health is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to promote and maintain the health, safety and well-being of populations and to prevent and manage disease, disability and human suffering.
This is reflected in the department's interdisciplinary research and highly experienced international academic staff.
Environmental science has grown as a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and ecological sciences and applies scientific approaches to examining the impacts of humans on natural resources. Environmental issues are rising steadily higher on the Chinese political and economic agendas, and as a result, environmental scientists in China can expect to be tasked with finding solutions to some of the most urgent issues in China and elsewhere, such as climate change, pollution of water, air and soil, land use change (desertification, food security), water issues (floods, water shortages), secure energy supplies, and biodiversity losses. There is a seemingly infinite, and growing, number of environmental challenges.
Our programmes provide students with the necessary grounding in physical and ecological sciences and the technical skills to investigate these problems, as well as find appropriate management solutions. We are committed to equipping graduates with essential skills whether they enter employment, or progress to postgraduate studies.