The mission of the public health program at the University of California Irvine is to create, integrate and disseminate population and community based knowledge to promote health and reduce the societal burden of human disease and disability through excellence in research, education, and public service.
Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala is the Director and Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health in the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at University of California, Irvine, where she is also a Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Disease Prevention.
As the Director and Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health, Dean Boden-Albala is building on the foundation of the program with plans to become a school of public health. Dean Boden-Albala was motivated to come to UCI because she was inspired by the commitment of the University of California system to achieving quality in education that is accessible and affordable. Dean Boden-Albala was also intrigued by the large, diverse, and unique undergraduate program in public health at UCI and was excited by students and their commitment to healthier communities here and abroad. Equally, she was struck by the staff’s strong demonstration of dedication to faculty and students. Dean Boden-Albala was encouraged by campus-wide enthusiastic support to create a new school and was motivated by the faculty’s commitment towards social justice, academic excellence and passion for the growth and transition of this program to a world class school of public health.
Dean Boden-Albala is an internationally recognized expert in the social epidemiology of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Over the past 15 years, her robust research portfolio has focused on defining and intervening on social determinants of disease, including the role of sex, race-ethnicity, socio-economic status, social support, stress, and social networks on stroke disparities and patterns across the U.S. and globally. In addition to her clinical interventions, Dr. Boden-Albala is PI of the National Initiative for Minority Involvement in Neurological Clinical Trials (NIMICT), supported by NINDS/NIMHD, which has built a toolkit of materials to improve racial-ethnic minorities’ and women’s participation rates in neurological clinical trials. She was also a PI for the Alaska Native Stroke Registry (ANSR). Her work has extended internationally to a collaborative effort between the American Heart Association and the Grenada Ministry of Health to develop and evaluate novel community- and policy-based interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention in Grenada. She was also MPI of an exploratory project in Ghana to assess gaps in lay knowledge of primary and secondary stroke prevention, stroke treatment and recovery. Finally, her work in global chronic disease prevention has included a World Health Organization project that sought to identify the optimum social networks for promoting health policy dialogue in Moldova. In addition to her broad research experience, Dr. Boden-Albala previously served as Senior Associate Dean of Research and Program Development at New York University College of Global Public Health. In this role, she co-created courses with UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Program focused on innovative solutions to Ebola and Polio response and exploring a system's approach to food access. She also developed the Cross-Continental MPH, a one-year program that combines classroom learning, collaborative research with faculty mentors, and public health practice experience across three continents.
Lisa Grant Ludwig conducts basic research in pursuit of an overarching goal: to protect society from the potentially devastating effects of earthquakes. Her work is problem-focused and aligned with the mission of Public Health as “the fulfillment of society’s interest in assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy” (Institute of Medicine, The Future of Public Health,1988). The audience for her research is multi-disciplinary, and includes scientists, engineers, planners, healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public. Most of her research focuses on fundamental science questions which have broad impacts and policy implications. For example, the San Andreas fault is a major source of seismic hazard and represents a significant risk to vulnerable populations in California. To understand the potential for future large earthquakes, and the impacts of those earthquakes, she has used geologic methods to explore the spatial and temporal rupture characteristics, and the levels of shaking, produced by prior large earthquakes. With NASA-funded collaborators, she has used spaced-based technologies to measure the deformation of the ground surface from recent damaging earthquakes, and developed tools to model disruption from future earthquakes. Using a variety of methods, she has worked with colleagues to understand the seismic vulnerability of lifeline infrastructure, buildings, and affected populations. She has also studied disaster impacts on academic biomedical research communities, and been involved in formulating policy recommendations for multi-hazard disaster resilience of academic research facilities throughout the US.
In October 2012 the CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) acted to accredit the UC Irvine Program in Public Health, 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.
In July 2018 the CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) acted to
fully re-accredit the UC Irvine Program in Public Health for a seven-year term, extending the Program's accreditation until July 1st 2025.
For additional information, please see:
2019 Interim Report Cover Letter
2019 Interim Report Narrative
2019 Interim Report APPENDIX
Academic Program Review - 2019
UCI Public Health 2017 Self Study
CEPH Final Report