The B.S in Public Health Sciences and the B.A. in Public Health Policy degree programs train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research. The degrees explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. Upon graduation students have the opportunity, through selective employment or further education, to become the new generation of public health professionals prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health from a population perspective.
Students who are interested in pursuing a premedical program should note that additional courses will be needed beyond the requirements of the public health degrees to fulfill entrance requirements for medical school.
The UC Irvine Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) was established in 2010 as the first professional degree of the Program in Public Health, and as an essential component of a future School of Population and Public Health at UC Irvine. The mission of the UC Irvine M.P.H. is to create public health practitioners who are trained to work independently and collaboratively to develop and implement effective strategies to reduce the burden of disease and disability in culturally diverse communities in Southern California and around the world. The MPH curriculum educates students in the global dimensions of public health principles and prepares them to lead and work collaboratively on the assessment of health-risk factors and the management of prevention strategies. In 2012, following a rigorous self-study process and a site visit by experts in the field, the M.P.H. program was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (www.ceph.org).
In addition to providing a strong foundation in the core competency subjects recommended by the "Framing the Future" exercise of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), students enrolled in the UCI M.P.H. program have the opportunity for in-depth pursuit of one out of four emphasis areas:
The Program in Public Health offers the PhD in Public Health with a choice of two concentrations: Global Health or Disease Prevention:
Degrees recently moved from the School of Medicine; not yet accredited by CEPH:
UCI School of Medicine
Several Program in Public Health faculty members also contribute to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology, currently based in the School of Medicine: