About UCI Public Health

The mission of the public health program at the University of California Irvine is to create, integrate and disseminate population and community based knowledge to promote health and reduce the societal burden of human disease and disability through excellence in research, education, and public service.

Director and Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health
Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH

Population Health and Disease Prevention Department Chair
Professor Lisa Grant Ludwig

Lisa Grant Ludwig
Department of Population Health
and Disease Prevention Chair,
Ph.D., Professor

Lisa Grant Ludwig conducts basic research in pursuit of an overarching goal: to protect society from the potentially devastating effects of earthquakes. Her work is problem-focused and aligned with the mission of Public Health as “the fulfillment of society’s interest in assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy” (Institute of Medicine, The Future of Public Health,1988). The audience for her research is multi-disciplinary, and includes scientists, engineers, planners, healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public. Most of her research focuses on fundamental science questions which have broad impacts and policy implications. For example, the San Andreas fault is a major source of seismic hazard and represents a significant risk to vulnerable populations in California. To understand the potential for future large earthquakes, and the impacts of those earthquakes, she has used geologic methods to explore the spatial and temporal rupture characteristics, and the levels of shaking, produced by prior large earthquakes. With NASA-funded collaborators, she has used spaced-based technologies to measure the deformation of the ground surface from recent damaging earthquakes, and developed tools to model disruption from future earthquakes. Using a variety of methods, she has worked with colleagues to understand the seismic vulnerability of lifeline infrastructure, buildings, and affected populations. She has also studied disaster impacts on academic biomedical research communities, and been involved in formulating policy recommendations for multi-hazard disaster resilience of academic research facilities throughout the US.

Founding Chair Message
University of California Presidential Chair, Oladele Ogunseitan

Oladele Ogunseitan
University of California
Presidential Chair,
Department of Population
Health and Disease
Prevention Founding Chair,
Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor

Welcome to Public Health at UC Irvine! 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. Our mission 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 health. We push forward the frontiers of knowledge in crucial areas of public health; we reframe and answer questions that emerge with new societal challenges; and we train a cadre of public health scientists and policy makers who are versatile in the interdisciplinary language necessary to succeed in today’s world.

There is also possibly no more sophisticated opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary dimensions that effective public health demands than to engage in our curriculum beginning at the freshman level up to the graduate and professional levels, with award-winning culminating experiences of students who integrate didactic activities with practice at a public health agency in the community.

It is arguable that very few, if any, contemporary human health issues are permanently limited to national or geographical boundaries. Rapid mobility of populations and disease vectors, international trade and commerce, trans-boundary conflicts, natural disasters, and the increasingly international flavor of regulatory issues have all demanded a broadening of the scope of public health research and training. The faculty members in the Program in Public Health at UC Irvine are uniquely positioned to take full advantage of rapid progress in the molecular sciences, informatics and communication, global environmental assessments, occupational health, human behavior, policy analysis, international relations, and clinical and translational sciences. These are all existing areas of scholarly strength that public health contributes to our campus, our country, and the world.

We are delighted by the opportunity to share with you our individual and collective excitement about the UC Irvine Program in Public Health. We look forward to engaging you in meaningful and productive excursions, inside and outside the classroom, the laboratory, and in the community, leading to deeper understanding of the determinants of the quality of health in populations, and to reward you with the knowledge and passion to act to improve the health status of diverse communities.


CEPH In July 2018 the CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) acted to fully re-accredit the UC Irvine Program in Public Health for a seven-year term, extending the Program's accreditation until July 1st 2025.

For additional information, please see:
 2019 Interim Report Cover Letter
 2019 Interim Report Narrative
 2019 Interim Report APPENDIX
 Academic Program Review - 2019
 UCI Public Health 2017 Self Study
 CEPH Final Report

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