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UC Irvine Public Health

Academic Program Review - 2019Download Academic Program Review - 2019 There is no better time in history to engage with public health at UC Irvine, home to innovative and resourceful public health research, practice, and education initiatives. Click here to learn more about us.

Our Mission and Values:

The mission of the public health program at the University of California, Irvine is to create, integrate, and translate population-based knowledge into preventive strategies for reducing the societal burden of human disease and disability through excellence in research, education, and public service. Click here to view Our Mission, Goals, and Objectives.

We currently offer a B.S. in Public Health Sciences and a B.A. in Public Health Policy; a Master of Public Health (MPH) in four emphases: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Sociocultural Diversity and Health, and Biostatistics; and a Ph.D in Public Health with concentrations in Global Health and Disease Prevention. We also offer a minor in Public Health.

For more information on the undergraduate programs, please click here or send an email to phuao@uci.edu. For more information about the graduate program, please click here or send an email to phgo@uci.edu.

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Spotlights: News Features

Prof. Alana LeBron cited in San Diego Tribune article: Deportation debate takes center stage at UnidosUS conference Panelists see under-the-radar impacts of deporting undocumented immigrants, impacts on children. Alana LeBron, assistant professor of Chicano/Latino studies and public health at University of California Irvine, cited a 2015 national survey in which one-third of Latinos said they knew someone who was deported...

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PhD Student Ivy Torres Awarded Grant Ivy Torres, second year PhD student in the Disease Prevention track, was awarded a grant from the Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center to carry out the pilot study titled: "Understanding the Health of Latina/o Immigrant Workers: The Role of Primary Care Providers in Assessing Occupational Histories.” Through semi-structured interviews with primary care providers (PCPs) practicing in federally qualified health centers in Orange County, Ivy is hoping to identify common health conditions afflicting Latina/o immigrant patients; how PCPs screen for occupational exposures; and how PCPs perceive the role of low-wage work in shaping the health of their patients. To successfully carry out this project, Ivy will be working closely with Dr. Alana LeBron (Public Health & Chicano/Latino Studies) and Dr. Cynthia Haq (Family Medicine).

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2019 UCI Chancellor's Club Video Features Public Health PhD Bridgette Blebu 2019 UCI Chancellor's Club Fellowship Recipients Say Thank You

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Dr. Terry L. Schmidt DrHA  11/28/1943 - 06/30/2019 We mourn the loss of Dr. Terry Schmidt who died on June 30th 2019. No funeral services will be held as that was Terry's wish. Feel free to visit the online memorial site to express condolences

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Grant Award: Air Pollution and Pregnancy Complications in Complex Urban Environments: Risks, Heterogeneity, and Mechanisms, awarded to Dr. Jun Wu Pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and eclampsia, are major causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality, and are strongly linked to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases later for both mother and offspring. A very small number of studies suggest that ambient air pollution may increase risk for pregnancy complications; however, these studies have major limitations including lack of high quality data for outcomes, co-morbidities and air pollution exposure estimates, focus on individual air pollutants rather than pollutant mixtures, and lack of understanding of the mediation pathways of maternal co-morbidity. Researchers from UCI and Kaiser Permanente Southern California recently received $2.5 million funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to conduct a 4-year study to elucidate the risk of pregnancy complications from exposure to air pollutant mixtures of both gases and particulate matter. This study is built upon on a longitudinal (pre-conception through postpartum) pregnancy cohort of ~400,000 singleton pregnancies in 2008-2018 that have prospectively-recorded clinical data and residential addresses from the electronic health record of Kaiser Permanente Southern California members. The study will leverage state-of-the-art spatiotemporal air pollution modeling and novel statistical methods with high quality and rich clinical information in the prospective cohort. In addition to the main associations between individual-level air pollution exposure and risk of pregnancy complications, the researchers will examine heterogeneity of risk by socioeconomic status, maternal and other environmental factors (e.g. green space, weather), potential underlying mechanisms, susceptible sub-populations, and time windows of susceptibility. Further, they will examine spatially-varying risk, which can guide a targeted approach, allowing policy-makers to focus on areas where pollution reduction is likely to reap the greatest health benefits. This study has important and broad implications in the U.S. and worldwide, particularly in urban areas with high pollution and rapid urbanization.

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan


OC Health Indicators:
Data courtesy of Orange County's Healthier Together initiative

UCI Public Health is a member of Orange County's Healthier Together, a community-wide initiative that aligns public and private resources within the public health system to improve health for all communities in Orange County.

One of the Best (Top 10) MPH Programs for International Students

Best Graduate School for Health Ranked in 10 programs and 1 specialty

Accredited by the Council
on Education for Public Health

A Partner Organization of OC PICH:

Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (OC PICH) is a collaborative project with non-profits, cities, the local health agency, and educational institutions in Orange County, CA. Our project focuses on increasing the community's access to healthy foods, physical activity, active transportation, and water consumption.

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