PLEASE NOTE: Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 20-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.

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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Academic Program Review - 2019Download Academic Program Review - 2019 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. Click here to learn more about us.

Our Mission and Values:

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: Confusion reigns around Orange County’s coronavirus death counts and hospitalizations - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (Voice of OC) July 30, 2020:
“The deaths are kind of reported in clumps that don’t necessarily reflect when they occurred,” said UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer in a Wednesday phone interview. … Noymer’s colleague, Dr. Daniel Chow, also said the seven-day average is the best to use because the raw numbers tell a vague story. “The problem is you’re not going to get a real time picture in [the raw numbers], you’re just going to be seeing what’s been happening in the past,” Chow said.

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Article: The COVID-19 chasm: Viral division - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (World Magazine) July 30, 2020:
UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said such events will spread the virus: “Take a step back and pause for a second: What does the virus see? It just sees lots of people together who can spread it.”

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Article: 10 deaths, 1,120 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday morning - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The Bakersfield Californian) July 22, 2020:
An epidemiologist from UC Irvine, Andrew Noymer, said the growth is what eventually happens in an exponentially growing pandemic, where the rate of increase is proportional to the size of the number of cases.

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Article: Why is Orange County seeing big surge in coronavirus? Experts trace spread of disease - featuring Daniel Parker (ABC7) July 23, 2020:
Dr. Daniel Parker, an epidemiologist at the University of California Irvine specializes in mapping out infectious diseases. “This started in affluent communities on the coastal area,” Parker said. “These are people who may have had stronger ties to places in Europe that at the same time had epidemics going on.” … To help track the virus, UCI, the Orange County Health Care Agency and community-based organizations are training hundreds of people from the most-impacted communities to help trace the spread of the disease in their neighborhoods.

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Article: Who’s handling coronavirus better, California or New York? It’s getting harder to tell - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer (The Sacramento Bee) July 22, 2020:
UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said California ran into its own, very different problem than New York this spring. California locked down hard early with a March stay-at-home order, and was fortunate that the virus hadn’t already gotten the type of fast foothold it did in New York. … Now, California is desperately retrenching from it May and June reopenings. “I don’t envy the governor’s choices in California,” Irvine epidemiologist Noymer said. “The American public has shown zero resolve for shelter in place.”

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Article: What’s behind the skyrocketing virus cases in Kern - featuring Prof. Andrew Noymer ( July 23, 2020:
UC Irvine epidemiologist and associate public health professor Andrew Noymer said the type of growth in cases Kern is seeing is what eventually happens in an exponentially growing pandemic. The rate of increase is proportional to the size of the number of cases, he said. “The exponential growth goes up and up and up. It’s like a rocket ship,” Noymer said, explaining that cases in the last three weeks may equal the whole curve before then.

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Article: Following the infection - featuring Profs. Daniel Parker and Alana LeBrón (UCI News) July 23, 2020:
UCI trains contact tracers to disrupt COVID-19 transmission – with an emphasis on health equity issues Someone tests positive for COVID-19. Who have they been in contact with? Who else might they have infected? Contact tracers are the health workers tasked with the detective-like role of figuring out the spread of a disease from one person to another through the community. And as the number of coronavirus cases swells, the need for trained tracers is rising.

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