The mission of the UC Irvine Master of Public Health (MPH) is to create public health practitioners who can effectively reduce the burden of disease and disability in culturally diverse communities in Southern California and around the world. The MPH curriculum educates students in the global dimensions of public health principles and prepares them to lead and work collaboratively on the assessment of health-risk factors and the management of prevention strategies. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (www.ceph.org).
In addition to providing a strong foundation in the core competency subjects recommended by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), students enrolled in the UCI MPH program will have the opportunity for in-depth pursuit of one out of three emphasis areas:
Biostatistics: In collaboration with the Department of Statistics, School of Information and Computer Sciences, the Program in Public Health is excited to launch a new emphasis in biostatistics within the professional Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. The emphasis in biostatistics trains the development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing, and solving problems in public health; health care; and biomedical, clinical and population-based research and practice. Recipients of the MPH-Biostatistics degree will have excellent opportunities in translational public health sciences and art of disease prevention, addressing critical real-world challenges including disease outbreaks, pandemics, environmental health hazards assessment, and interpretation of clinical intervention outcomes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the occupational outlook for statisticians for 14% growth between 2010-2020, consistent with the rapid increase expected in all health care employment.
Environmental Health examines how the health of a community is affected by biological, chemical, and physical factors in the environment. Public health practitioners in environmental health evaluate workplaces, homes, and other environments for potential hazardous materials and human risk factors. They conduct studies to assess the part the environment plays in the development of diseases such as asthma, lung disease, and cancer. Topics studied in this emphasis include air/water quality, climate change, food safety, natural disasters, and toxicology.
Epidemiology studies the patterns of population disease and injury in order to prevent and control health problems. An epidemiologist investigates occurrences of chronic and infectious diseases to determine what causes them, who is at risk, how they spread, and how to contain them to protect the public. They also analyze social and demographic data on disease and injury in an effort to develop strategies for disease in specific populations and prevent future incidences of illness. Topics studied in this emphasis include vector control, infectious disease, etiology of cancer and genetic diseases, and the global burden of disease.
Sociocultural Diversity and Health identifies and addresses the effects of social, cultural, and behavioral factors on individual and population health. Specialists in this area describe how culture, social inequities, and biology influence health and apply their knowledge to create prevention interventions to decrease health-damaging behaviors and increase health-promoting behaviors. They study the interaction between policies and the social and behavioral sciences, and identify ways to address health inequalities and promote health equity.
It is expected that students will need 5 academic quarters to fulfill program requirements. Before graduating from the program, every student completes invaluable hands-on training in the field at an approved public health organization dedicated to advancing health and healthcare. Graduates of UCI's MPH program will find employment in both public and private agencies committed to preventing diseases and promoting health in all aspects of society.