While health is often thought of in a physical or health care context, its meaning is much broader. Health refers not only to the absence of illness, but also, as defined in the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization, “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” Improving health requires attention to all three of these parts, as well as equal emphasis on prevention and care.


Analytics Practicum

Everyone should have the opportunity to live a life that supports good health. However, vast differences in people’s environments, resources, and social statuses affect the choices available to them. Achieving equity in health means addressing social and environmental determinants and eliminating disparities in health systems and health care access. These efforts should be focused not only in far-away places, but also among vulnerable populations in Rutgers’ surrounding communities.