The School of Public Health was founded in Sept. 2014. According to the national demand for vigorously accelerated development of health services, the goal is to improve national health quality and level. Based on the university’s TCM health care and TCM culture, the school focuses on health promotion apart from medical services, developing TCM health care, health maintenance, physical examination, health consultation and management, medicinal food development and application, to facilitate the medical reform from disease treatment to disease prevention. The aim is to cultivate application-oriented technical talents who have TCM thinking, professional quality and humanistic spirit, master modern public health knowledge and TCM disease prevention and treatment theories, and can provide TCM disease prevention and health care services, health management and health services, to satisfy public health institutions’ demand for technical support and talents in disease prevention, management, nutrition, health care and health maintenance, etc.
The school now has four departments, i.e. Department of Health Management, Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Department of Food Hygiene and Nutrition, and one research center, i.e. Research Center for Health and Nutrition. Three undergraduate programs are available, namely Food Hygiene and Nutrition (4-year program), Public Service Management (4-year program in Health Service Management) and Preventive Medicine (5-year program). Food Hygiene and Nutrition and Public Service Management are pilot applied undergraduate programs for universities in Shanghai. There are 36 faculty members, including 34 (94.4%) master's/doctor's degree holders, 11 senior title holders, six postgraduate advisors and one doctoral advisor. There are more than 300 students enrolled, including 14 postgraduates/ doctoral students. The employment rate for graduates from the Public Service Management Program is 100%; the employment rate for graduates from the Food Hygiene and Nutrition Program is 93.02%; the employment rate for graduates from the Food Hygiene and Nutrition Program (associate degree to bachelor’s degree) is 100%; the employment rate for postgraduates is 100%, all higher than the average in Shanghai in 2018.
At present, the school undertakes more than 10 national/ministerial/municipal projects, including 2 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and 8 ministerial/municipal projects, receiving research funds totaling RMB 8.28 million. In recent years, the school has published a total of 431 papers, including 23 SCI papers. The highest impact factor is 7.786 points. More than 10 state-planned textbooks have been published with the school’s faculty members as editor in chief or associate editor in chief. The school has a municipal high-quality course.