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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




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Bridging the Gap: CONFRONTING RACISM

Five ways public health professionals can help battle vaccine hesitancy (UCI Bridging the Gap) September 07, 2021:
Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala calls upon healthcare professionals to do more to counter vaccine hesitancy. She offers specific strategies that providers can utilize to educate and encourage vaccination and to reach those in underserved communities where the pandemic is having an outsized impact.

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Xenophobia as a Public Health Threat (UCI Bridging the Gap) June 29, 2021:
UCI Bridging the Gap: Xenophobia as a Public Health Threat (featuring: Morey, Brittany)

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Systemic racism impacts Asian Americans as well (OC Register) May 22, 2021:
OC Register: Systemic racism impacts Asian Americans as well (featuring: Morey, Brittany)

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News Spotlights: Featured News

New York City Inches Toward Covid-19 Becoming Endemic (Wall Street Journal) October 25, 2021:
“New York and New Jersey are going to be in the U.S. where I would look first for the transition to endemicity.” (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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The ‘original’ COVID-19 is essentially gone (OC Register) October 24, 2021:
“It has been displaced. Elbowed out of the way by the newer, more competitive strains." (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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Kern County prepares for younger children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (yahoo news!) October 23, 2021:
"All you have left is an immune system with a programmed memory." (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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TimesOC: Advocates look for environmental justice in Orange County (LA Times - Daily Pilot) October 22, 2021:
Alana LeBrón, a UC Irvine assistant professor who worked on the lead research with the nonprofit, said that health and environmental disparities in Orange County are relatively understudied

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Coronavirus FAQ: Why do so many folks say to drink lots of water before your vaccine? (NPR News) October 22, 2021:
"Sometimes the nurse or health-care worker administering the vaccine will ask which arm you use more or write with, in case it's sore afterward. But in the big picture, which arm you get your vaccine in will not matter as far as efficacy of the vaccine." (Featuring: Hopfer, Suellen)

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UCI-led study finds disparities in severe illness and lengthy hospitalizations between undocumented and Medi-Cal patients October 22, 2021:
“Our hope is that this study’s outcomes will help inform public health policy aimed at reducing disparities in inpatient hospitalizations among undocumented immigrants.” (Featuring: Ro, Annie)

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UCI-led study projects health insurance and population growth rates among undocumented Latino immigrants with an eye toward health equity October 22, 2021:
“Unless we see improvements in access to care, our projections show that the share of older uninsured, undocumented Latino immigrants will increase from 15% to 21% over the next 20 years. We also found that the share of older Latino immigrants that is both uninsured and living with a chronic health condition will rise from 5% to 9%.” (Featuring: Ro, Annie)

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Manslaughter Conviction of Brittney Poolaw Represents Pattern of White Christian Policing of Black and Brown Women’s Bodies (Religion Dispatches) October 21, 2021:
“Britney Poolaw’s conviction of manslaughter in having a stillbirth is deeply troubling.” (Featuring affiliated: Goodwin, Michele)

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Orange County's COVID-19 hospitalizations rise again (Spectrum News 1) October 21, 2021:
"Whether or not this is a little blip or something larger is too early to tell. The percentage positive is still looking pretty good, so that's good." (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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What will Santa Ana do to keep low-income and Latino residents safe from toxic lead? (LA Times - Daily Pilot) October 21, 2021:
LeBrón said researchers are continuing to analyze the sources of the lead, whether from past use of leaded gasoline, lead paint or other sources. (Featuring: LeBron, Alana)

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Follow-Up Care for Young Adult Cancer Survivors (Academic Minute - NPR) October 21, 2021:
As survivors age, their risk for late effects increases and could include heart problems and second cancers – and their engagement in survivorship care decreases. That’s why life-long follow-up care is crucial. (Featuring: Milam, Joel)

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Women Are Underrepresented in Stroke Trials A Comprehensive Review Sheds Light on the Need for Greater Inclusion (Neurology Today) October 21, 2021:
“Women are vastly underrepresented in all trials because we still haven't reached the point where we are adequately identifying all eligible participants.” (Featuring: Boden-Albala, Bernadette)

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Orange County’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations Tick Up Again (my News LA) October 21, 2021:
“I’m not pleased to see hospitalizations at 190 after having been 175.” (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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Dr. Annie Ro awarded over $1.7M to study structural racism and birth outcomes October 21, 2021:
Annie Ro receives R01 grant funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

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Academic Minute: Social Support in Improving Immigrant Health (Inside Higher Education) October 20, 2021:
Brittany N. Morey, assistant professor of health, society and behavior, examines how a strong support network can help keep immigrants healthy.

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The Central Role of Social Support in the Health of Chinese and Korean American Immigrants (The Academic Minute - NPR) October 20, 2021:
Brittany Morey, assistant professor of health, society and behavior, explores why immigrants can thrive with a strong support network.

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Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain stable (LA Times) October 14, 2021:
“I do expect more flu this winter than last winter ...Flu will eventually come back and it will be this winter, but it’s too early to say it will be a calamity.” (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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Ethical issues and public communication in the development of cell-based treatments for COVID-19: Lessons from the pandemic (Stem Cell Reports) October 14, 2021:
Drawing on the lessons learned from this ongoing process, we argue against the rushed development of cell-based interventions. We conclude by outlining ways to improve the ethical conduct of cell-based clinical investigations and public communication of therapeutic claims. (Featuring: Turner, Leigh)

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OC parents urged to get kids the flu shot ahead of Halloween (Spectrum News 1) October 13, 2021:
"I do expect more flu this winter than last winter.... Flu will eventually come back and it will be this winter, but it's too early to say it will be a calamity." (Featuring: Noymer, Andrew)

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Misinformation linked to overhyped science, researchers argue (UBNow) October 20, 2021:
Clinics selling supposed stem cell treatments on a direct-to-consumer basis sometimes use these findings and news reports to exploit the fears of vulnerable patients by unethically advertising the unproven benefits of stem cell treatments to boost the immune system, regenerate lung tissue and prevent transmission of COVID-19. (Featuring: Turner, Leigh)

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