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The UCI Program in Public Health Community remains open during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and our world is changing daily, the Program in Public Health remains fully operational and committed to ensuring our current and prospective students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff are supported during this difficult and unprecedented time. We continue to adhere to physical distancing guidance from the university-and from local and state officials-mandating a work from home protocol for all employees. We are a community first and foremost, and though we are practicing social distancing to help eliminate spread of the virus and protect our most vulnerable neighbors, we are not practicing social isolation. But, our student services and administrative personnel are available to answer any questions as we navigate this uncertainty. Please reach out for help or resources, as needed.

We will continue to update you as we receive new and relevant information. Stay safe, healthy, and hopeful!

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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.

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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.

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Plans are underway to transform the acclaimed UCI Program in Public Health into the UCI School of Population and Public Health. We are dedicated to educating the public health leaders of the future, fostering high-impact research that reduces the societal burden of human disease and disability, and transforming the health and wellness of communities on local, national and global scales. In partnership with colleagues in the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and UCI Health, we are raising the quality of life for people around the world, while also championing the principles of evidence-based integrative health. At our core, we encourage inclusive excellence in intellectual pursuits. Learn More LEARN MORE DONATE NOW

Spotlights: News Features

Article: Coronavirus is evolving. Whether it gets deadlier or not may depend on us - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The Guardian) November 19, 2020:
It’s too early to interpret the data on Covid-19, in part because nobody knows how many people have been infected – and there are many other factors in the mix, such as the changing age profile of the patient population and improvements in care – but we may already be seeing viral evolution in tumbling death rates. As epidemiologist Andrew Noymer of the University of California, Irvine, has pointed out, this would happen anyway, in time. But here’s the thing: we can accelerate it, if we choose to. We probably already are, in some parts of the world.

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Article: More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The Washington Post) November 18, 2020:
“We’re getting the herd immunity strategy whether we want it or not,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “We have a totally out- of-control epidemic and we are taking baby steps.”

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Article: CA Gov. Newsom Ignored Own COVID Rules During Party, Group of Lawmakers Travels to Hawaii - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (CBN) November 18, 2020:
Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Newsom should be ashamed. “People should practice what they preach,” Noymer said. “It’s really tone-deaf and the fact that it is at one of the most elite restaurants in the world could really haunt him.”

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Article: Flying Through San Diego Airport for the Holidays? Here’s What to Know - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (KNSD) November 18, 2020:
The holidays are typically the busiest time of year for travel, but amid the threat of COVID-19, health experts are hoping more people stay closer to home this year. Andrew Noymer, a public health expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, joined LX News to discuss the health risks of holiday travel and safety tips for visiting relatives this year.

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Article: Is a second coronavirus wave hitting Orange County? - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Voice of OC) November 09, 2020:
UC Irvine epidemiologist Daniel Parker said new cases could paint a picture of what was happening a couple weeks ago. … “So the transmission that’s happening right now, you’re not going to see that in cases for two or three weeks.” … Parker’s colleague, UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said the number of people in ICUs could indicate a second wave. … “But make no mistake about it, there’s going to be a second wave in Orange County and nationwide.”

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Article: UCI Podcast: What’s next with COVID - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (UCI Podcast) November 09, 2020:
Andrew Noymer is an associate professor of public health at UCI, and he’s an expert on public health responses to pandemics like COVID-19 and their long-term consequences. In this special UCI Podcast, he discusses what we’ve learned over the last eight months of the pandemic and what we can expect next with the novel coronavirus. For instance, we need to get prepared for a harsh winter with a surge of infections. Also, he talks about the impact a vaccine can make for having the general population reach herd immunity levels, and our realistic future living with a virus that won’t be going away anytime soon. And don’t forget, wearing a face covering works.

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Article: Should Disneyland reopen? Orange County says yes, but California disagrees - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (San Francisco Chronicle) November 07, 2020:
"I’m the biggest Disney fan in the whole wide world, and for mental health, I’d love to open up,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of the public health program at UC Irvine. "But we’re going into flu season, and we have not got a hold of this virus."

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