Past Issues

PPHR’s annual print edition magazine features exclusive student-produced content and research. It is published every spring and is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work from our editors, writers and contributors.




Editor’s Note:

Science has brought us many innovations that have greatly increased life expectancy and reduced the burden of disease. From the development of the first vaccine in 1796 to the recent 3D printing of human organs, biomedical research has continuously provided innovations that improve quality of life. Modern medicine is capable of reconstructing limbs and restoring sight to the blind, and some say that we will soon be able to create completely artificial bodies. But disease and disability are keeping up with the pace of scientific development, and this past year has seen new diseases develop, even though others are long extinct. Moreover, the world’s burgeoning population means that disparities in healthcare are rampant, leading to public health issues that made national and international news this year. 

The Princeton Public Health Review has been keeping Princeton undergraduates informed about all these public health events this year, a job it has been doing since 2010. The improvement of human health is a task common to all peoples, not just doctors, researchers, and other healthcare workers. By picking up this issue, we hope that you will become acquainted with the pressing public health issues today and learn to protect both yourself and others. Perhaps you may even decide to conduct further research on prenatal care or join an organization to alleviate global malnutrition. 

Public health is ultimately about discussion, not about the technology or medicines. Conversation brings health needs to light, disseminates scientific knowledge, and gets laws passed. The diversity of the Princeton undergraduate population means that future doctors, journalists, politicians, scientists, and lawyers can all be found eating at the same dinner table or engaging in the same discussion in class. We ask you to pick up this issue, find a story you are interested in, and talk to your classmates about it. 

Cecilia Kim