The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health uses epidemiologic methods for the solution of individual and population health problems. The faculty includes physicians, epidemiologists, social scientists, and research and behavioral scientists.
In April 2001, the department received the Outstanding Program of the Year Award given by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine for innovative and exceptional Preventive Medicine education programs for undergraduate medical students. In addition, the department houses the Master of Public Health degree program (KU-MPH) that was recently ranked as the No. 6 graduate degree program in community health in the nation in a study conducted by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Among public universities, the program tied for No. 2.
The department is also involved in resident education, and continuing medical and public health education. Preventive Medicine and Public Health actively participates in extensive service activities including clinical practice, public health, research consulting, university service and service to the community, the state and the nation.
In addition to the Master of Public Health program, the department teaches a required medical school course for fourth-year medical students, Health of the Public.