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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Preventive Medicine
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Public Health Practice

The Division of Public Health Practice strengthens population and community health by advancing public health practice. Our central focus is working in equitable partnership with public health entities so that they will ultimately better serve their constituencies.


Our vision is to improve population health by conducting public health practice-based research, engaging in public health workforce development and infusing public health education throughout the Feinberg School of Medicine.”

Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH

Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH

What We Do


Our educational activities focus in two areas.

The first is workforce development, where we co-develop and conduct training and co-learning activities with public health entities. As an example, our division supports the Public Health Bootcamp, an intensive five-day training program that aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of HIV prevention and care services in metropolitan Chicago by training HIV/AIDS organizational leaders in core concepts of public health science, theory and practice.

The second is educational infusion, where we partner with the Program in Public Health to bring public health education into other Feinberg education programs. One example is the new DPT/MPH Program, which integrates human movement sciences and public health to train population-health-oriented physical therapists.


Our research activities focus on public health practice relevance. Through equitable partnerships, we collaborate with public health entities on investigations that prioritize their research questions. For example, at their request, we recently evaluated the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s Healthy Chicago 2.0 Seed Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Our evaluation findings were used to strengthen this year’s RFP process. We anticipate further growth in our research activities, with a likely emphasis on public health practice-related dissemination and implementation.

Meet Our Team

Neubauer, Leah C

Leah C Neubauer

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Public Health Practice)

Dr. Neubauer is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Public Health Practice in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Global Health and the Program of African Studies (PAS) and Ad-Hoc Faculty in The Graduate School. She serves as Director of Accreditation for the Program in Public Health (PHP) and Co-Director of the MPH Degree Global Health concentration and Accelerated Public Health Program (APHP).

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Public Health Practice

  • 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.
    Suite 1400
    Chicago, IL 60611   (Map it)
  • Phone: 312-503-4037
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