News & Spotlights

Undercooked: An expensive push to save lives and protect the planet falls short
Article with quote by UCI Prof. Rufus Edwards - Public Health News Spotlight

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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#IamUCI - Philip Terry Chen, MPH - Public Health News Spotlight

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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