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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.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan


Spotlights: News Features

How Malak Kudaimi, ’18 international studies and public health, is battling against food insecurity Malak Kudaimi’s first few months at UCI were difficult. She was commuting to campus and her days away from home were long. A campus meal plan was too expensive, so she resorted to eating food like ramen, which was cheap, but not healthy. Without adequate food, she felt like she wasn’t able to perform as well as she could with her studies. It wasn’t until she found a part-time job that she felt like she didn’t have to try to go as long as possible without eating. Looking back at those days, she says, “I thought it was an experience only I had.”

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#IamUCI - Philip Terry Chen, MPH An unfavorable encounter with organic chemistry forced Philip Terry Chen to rethink his career aspirations. Instead of studying to be a physician who would treat individual patients, the Hacienda Heights resident decided to major in public health policy and treat entire communities. After earning his bachelor’s degree at UCI in 2014, the first-generation college grad headed to Oakland for a stint with AmeriCorps, during which he developed an after-school academic program in gardening and cooking for at-risk youth. He also taught the students how to make sculptures from cardboard, a skill he still uses to craft “Star Wars” Stormtrooper helmets, light sabers and other movie props. In 2016, Chen returned to UCI for a Master of Public Health. Following graduation, he hopes to find work protecting blue-collar employees from dangerous chemicals and other job hazards.

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Undercooked: An expensive push to save lives and protect the planet falls short <br><small>Article with quote by UCI Prof. Rufus Edwards</small> For many decades, it was one of the globe’s most underappreciated health menaces: household pollution in developing countries, much of it smoke from cooking fires...

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The neonatal congenital heart disease screening project started! 24 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) are ahead of the country! On July 30 , the National Health and Wellness Committee Maternal and Child Health Services Department held a kick-off meeting for neonatal congenital heart disease screening project in Beijing. (View English version - via Google Translate)

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Changes in Physical Activity After Installation of a Fitness Zone in a Community Park <br><small>Research Publication by Mojgan Sami, PhD; Megan Smith, PhD; Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD</small> Increases in physical activity can lead to decreases in the prevalence of chronic diseases. Parks provide an ideal setting for physical activity. We investigated the effect of a fitness equipment installation on the intensity of park users’ physical activity at a community park.

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On the Road for Climate Action! Dr. Shahir Masri, Assistant Specialist, working for Dr. Jun Wu, is an air pollution scientist who earned his Doctor of Science and Master of Science degree in environmental health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  On August 1st, Shahir will be doing an ‘On the Road For Climate Action [PDF]’ tour to promote green energy, and identify effective strategies of climate communication. 
Read: HuffPost Feature

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Supporting Students Facing an Immigration Crisis


The Program in Public Health has adopted the best practices for supporting students facing an immigration crisis that have been recommended by the Committee for Equity and Inclusion for Undocumented Students (CEIUS). Several of these best practices include preventive strategies to support equity and inclusion, which are supplemented by recommendations for supporting students experiencing an immigration crisis. More information about best practices for UCI faculty, staff, and teaching assistants can be found below.

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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.

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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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