The Program in Public Health (PPH) was established in 2003 to provide institutional focus for existing academic strengths in various sub-disciplines of public health, and to facilitate well-grounded education and innovative research in emerging aspects of the field. Under the Program in Public Health, undergraduate degree programs began enrolling students in 2006, and the Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention was established in 2007 to advance the collaborative interdisciplinary mission of public health research and education. In coming years, the Program in Public Health will expand to become a School of Public Health with accredited undergraduate, MPH, and Ph.D programs and a dual degree MD/MPH program with the School of Medicine.
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.
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH: http://www.ceph.org/) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.
In 2012 the CEPH Board of Directors acted to accredit the Public Health Program including the Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH), the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Health Policy, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences.