The Program in Public Health curriculum focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research, exploring both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. Undergraduates explore topic areas including epidemiology, genetics, health informatics; chronic and infectious diseases; environmental and global health sciences, social and behavioral health sciences; and health policy and administration. The program places emphasis on learning through research on critical issues including vector biology, exposure assessment, air and water pollution, natural disasters and emergency health response; toxicology and environmental microbiology, occupational health and industrial ecology, community and neighborhood health assessments, risk mapping and health disparities, maternal and child health, comprehensive and alternative medicine, health promotion and communication, and international health.
Public Health education is most firmly embedded in knowledge systems through research and practice. Public Health students enroll in PH 198 Directed Studies and PH 199 Individual Research to engage in groups (PH 198) or individual (PH 199) research working directly with faculty on public health topics in a research laboratory or in the field. Through a collaboration with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Program also offers opportunities for students to enroll in PH 194 Clinical and Translational Science Preparatory course series that trains students to work with faculty members in clinical and healthcare settings.
Students must be in good academic standing to participate in research. Students need to review the Program Standards & Policies and will be required to fulfill regulatory requirements if required for the project and by faculty sponsor. A summary of other requirements are listed in the matrix below:
|GPA - Minimum||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|Completion of Bio 97, 98, and 99||x||x||x||x|
|Completion of General Chemistry||x||x||x||x|
|Completion of/co-req. - Bio Sci 194S||x||x||x||x|
|Completion of lower division writing requirement||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Public Health Science Majors only, until major restriction is lifted||x|
|Completion of PH 194 A||x||x||x|
|Completion of PH 194 B||x||x|
|Completion of PH 194 C||x|
|Upper division standing||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|One year commitment||x||x||x|
|Good academic standing (UCI GPA of at least a 2.0 & not on probation)||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Regulatory requirements - clinical||x||x||x|
|Regulatory requirements that are work-unit/lab-specific (SOS if required)||x||x||x||x||x|
|CV or Resume||x||x||x|
|Statement of Research Interest||x||x||x|
|Consent of Instructor||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Must be taken for P/NP||x|
Have you taken a class taught by one of the faculty that inspired you? Are there articles published by the faculty that you can read to learn more about the topic or subject that you find interesting? Would you like to gain experience and training opportunities on how to think about real-world problems?
Engaging in research provides you with many opportunities how to think critically and apply classroom concepts into real world situations. If you are interested public health research, a good place to start is to do some research of your own and to read about the research interests of the faculty A summary of Faculty research summaries can be found right here: UG Faculty Research
Once you have determined that you want to engage in research, you may consider enrolling in PH 198/199.
Note: Some faculty have specific instructor perquisites for PH 198/199 research.
PH 194 is a three course series where students will have the unique opportunity to participate in clinical research on multiple studies. Students prepare for research in healthcare settings while enrolled PH 194A, a lecture course focusing on the principles of clinical and translational research. This course is offered in the Fall quarter and is a prerequisite for PH 194B&C (offered Winter and Spring quarters) when students actually participate in the healthcare settings. PH194B students will be paired with research faculty and will rotate in various clinical labs assigned by the Course Coordinator while PH194C students will be focusing on a specific research project with a faculty member.
Prerequisites for PH 194B: PH194A, Fulfillment of Regulatory Requirements, and Consent of Instructor.
Prerequisites for 194C: PH194A&B, Fulfillment of Regulatory Requirements, and Consent of the Instructor.
Students must complete and pass these requirements before participating or engaging in any research. Regulatory forms for PH 194 may be downloaded here. Submit completed regulatory forms and requirements to the Public Health Student Affairs Office, Anteater Instruction and Research Building (AIRB), Suite 2010, Zot 3957 for verification. Once verified, you will be given an authorization code to enroll in PH 194B or PH 194C.
The Program in Public Health is committed and supports an environment of learning, academic honesty, and integrity. These principles and program standards, set forth by the University and by UC policy, are expected of all students and personnel who engage in research activities.
Information regarding these program standards and policies can be found at the following links below:
General Research Policies
Offsite Research Policies
Protection of Human Subjects in Research
Research with Animal Subjects
UCI Academic Senate Policy on Academic Honesty
UCI Research Administration-Integrity in Research
UC Research Policies and Guidance
Campus-wide Honors Program
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Public Health Association at UCI
Scholarship Opportunities Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
UC Learning Center
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)