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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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: Once a Model County, OC Cases Now Rising - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (Orange County Business Journal) June 29, 2020:
“We went from doing extremely well in flattening the curve to seeing a disturbing spike in cases,” notes Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the new public health school at the University of California, Irvine. “We had a false sense of security.” … “We never got that initial peak of cases, but that didn’t mean that we had gotten rid of coronavirus. Now, many are getting back to their normal lives, not wearing masks, gathering in groups and not being vigilant,” Boden-Albala said.

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Article: State puts Orange County on coronavirus watch list - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (Orange County Register) June 29, 2020:
Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s public health program and an expert in social epidemiology, said that early in the pandemic, Orange County residents did a good job of heeding public health warnings and slowing the virus’s spread from the outset. But lately, several factors, including shelter-in-place fatigue and a longing for summer sun, have made locals complacent, Boden-Albala said in an interview last week

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Article: Low-income California zip codes see spike in virus cases - featuring Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala (AP News) June 27, 2020:
Cases and hospitalizations have grown significantly in the last couple weeks, and “it’s not just around the hot zones — we’re seeing much more spread around the county,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of University of California, Irvine’s public health program.

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Article: What have protests taught us about the coronavirus? - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Live Science) June 24, 2020:
The fact that protests took place outside, where viral particles can disperse more easily than indoors, and many protesters wore masks may factor into the low number of new cases, Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, told BuzzFeed News.

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Article: Orange County sees rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Spectrum News 1) June 25, 2020:
Dr. Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention for the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health, said “things are taking a turn unfortunately for the worse” in Southern California. “Orange County has been doing well historically in the last few months, but now it’s starting to look a lot worse and a lot more like the counties it borders: Los Angeles County, San Diego County,” Dr. Noymer said. “Cases are going up, hospitalizations are going up, ICU hospitalizations are going up, mortality is going up. So even net of the undercounting, statistics are getting worse, not better.”

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Article: How LGBT+ culture can survive COVID-19 - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Inverse) June 23, 2020:
Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, tells Inverse that he could see parades happening if organizers take the right steps to ensure everyone’s safety. Not holding one, of course, would be safer, but there are ways to make them pretty safe. “I think parades can happen safely in times of Covid but not without some precautions,” Noymer says.

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Article: As Orange County passes 10,000 coronavirus cases, it slips back toward a Stage 2 limit - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Orange County Register) June 23, 2020:
For UC Irvine Public Health Professor Andrew Noymer, passing the 10,000-case mark is only psychologically significant. “People seem to think round numbers are important,” he said. “Every case is a grim line.” There were 10,595 known COVID-19 cases in Orange County as of Monday — 269 people have died. The Orange County Health Care Agency estimates that 5,075 — about half of known cases — have recovered.

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