The Predictive Health and Society educational program includes new opportunities for basic and translational research. This program is based on the belief that the transformation of biomedicine will be made possible by rapid scientific and technical advances. The scientific focus of the initiative will include: defining health as a positive state, integrating biology, behavior, and environment in the definition; discovering/inventing new ways to measure and predict health that utilize cutting edge science and technology; identifying processes that can be influenced by interventions intended to maintain the healthy state; thinking about how health is considered and expressed in society; and developing strategies and tactics for translating this new knowledge to individuals and populations. The Predictive Health and Society initiative will require new expertise in the health sciences.
A focus of study and practice on human health as opposed to disease is a major change in paradigm for both health care and biomedical research. This fact creates the necessity to educate a different kind of biomedical investigator as well as the opportunity to do so. These individuals will be conversant in the multiple disciplines essential to realizing the necessary change, will conduct laboratory and population based research with a health focus, and will form the cadre of leaders who will shape the direction of health related research and service in the future.
Predictive Health is proposing new multidisciplinary education pathways that will prepare biomedical scientists to conduct and lead health-focused research. These pathways will be designed to create a comprehensive educational experience that will produce multi-disciplinary professionals trained to understand healthy human function with an expertise in the sciences of nutrition, exercise, behavioral motivation and interpersonal interactions.
Predictive Health supports undergraduate and graduate health-focused programs. The Center for the Study of Human Health (CSHH) is home to the Emory College Human Health B.A. and the Predictive Health and Society minor, providing interdisciplinary training in health and preparing students for the wide range of health-related careers available. Minors in Global Health and Nutrition Science are also available to undergraduates, providing students with multiple opportunities for more focused perspectives on health.
Molecules to Mankind
On the graduate level, Emory’s Molecules to Mankind Doctoral Pathway (M2M) is an innovative program that trains graduate students in lab and population sciences.
M2M offers four tracks:
- Predictive Health and Society
- Population Processes and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases,
- Biomarkers and the Development of Acute and Chronic Disease,
- Public Health Genomics: Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Health.
Students come from a range of academic disciplines and work closely with mentors in the college, medical school, and public health program. Visit the links on the left side of this page for more information.
Master of Science in Health Systems
The Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech offers a Predictive Health Track as part of the Master of Science in Health Systems graduate program.