The Program in Public Health curriculum focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research, exploring both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. Undergraduates explore topic areas including epidemiology, genetics, health informatics; chronic and infectious diseases; environmental and global health sciences, social and behavioral health sciences; and health policy and administration. The program places emphasis on learning through research on critical issues including vector biology, exposure assessment, air and water pollution, natural disasters and emergency health response; toxicology and environmental microbiology, occupational health and industrial ecology, community and neighborhood health assessments, risk mapping and health disparities, maternal and child health, comprehensive and alternative medicine, health promotion and communication, and international health.
Public Health education is most firmly embedded in knowledge systems through research and practice. Public Health students enroll in PH 198 Directed Studies and PH 199 Individual Research to engage in groups (PH 198) or individual (PH 199) research working directly with faculty on public health topics in a research laboratory or in the field. Through a collaboration with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Program also offers opportunities for students to enroll in PH 194 Clinical and Translational Science Preparatory course series that trains students to work with faculty members in clinical and healthcare settings.
Students must be in good academic standing to participate in research. Students need to review the Program Standards & Policies and will be required to fulfill regulatory requirements if required for the project and by faculty sponsor. A summary of other requirements are listed in the matrix below:
|GPA - Minimum||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|Completion of Bio 97, 98, and 99||x|
|Completion of General Chemistry||x|
|Completion of/co-req. - Bio Sci 194S||x||x||x||x|
|Completion of lower division writing requirement||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Public Health Science Majors only, until major restriction is lifted||x||x||x|
|Completion of PH 194 A||x||x||x|
|Completion of PH 194 B||x||x|
|Completion of PH 194 C||x|
|Upper division standing||x||x||x|
|One year commitment||x||x||x|
|Good academic standing (UCI GPA of at least a 2.0 & not on probation)||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Regulatory requirements - clinical||x|
|Regulatory requirements that are work-unit/lab-specific (SOS if required)||x||x||x|
|CV or Resume||x||x||x|
|Statement of Research Interest||x||x||x|
|Consent of Instructor||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Must be taken for P/NP||x|
Students who would like to enroll must meet the following course requirements:
|Public Health 194A-B-C||Public Health 196A-B-C|
All students who would like to enroll in either PH 194A-B-C or PH 196A-B-C must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Bio 194S during Fall quarter. In addition, students must commit to doing the series for the one entire academic year; a student cannot be planning to graduate after the Fall or Winter Quarter the year they will be taking the course series.
Have you taken a class taught by one of the faculty that inspired you? Are there articles published by the faculty that you can read to learn more about the topic or subject that you find interesting? Would you like to gain experience and training opportunities on how to think about real-world problems?
Engaging in research provides you with many opportunities how to think critically and apply classroom concepts into real world situations. If you are interested public health research, a good place to start is to do some research of your own and to read about the research interests of the faculty A summary of Faculty research summaries can be found right here:
Once you have determined that you want to engage in research, you may consider enrolling in PH 198/199.
Note: Some faculty have specific instructor perquisites for PH 198/199 research.
PH 194 and PH 196 are taught in synchrony, with students in both courses attending the same lecture series. Both courses are taught as a three-course series. Students prepare for research in clinical and translational science in either academic (PH 194) or community (PH 196) settings while enrolled PH 194A, a lecture course focusing on the principles of clinical and translational research. This course is offered in the Fall quarter and is a prerequisite for PH 194B&C/ PH 196B&C (offered Winter and Spring quarters) when students actually participate in research. PH 194B students will be paired with research faculty engaged in clinical or translational health research and PH 196B students will be paired with a community-facing site within which to carry out mentored translational research. During PH 194C/ PH 196C students will complete a mentored research project using data from their assigned site. By the end of the 3-quarter sequence, students will have a foundational understanding of the research process, including formulating a research question, situating that question within the existing evidence, examining the question using available data, and interpreting results.
Prerequisites for PH 194B: PH196B, Fulfillment of Regulatory Requirements, and Consent of Instructor.
Prerequisites for 194C: PH 196C, Satisfactory Completion of PH 194B or PH 196B.
Students must complete and pass these requirements before participating or engaging in any research. Regulatory forms for PH 194 may be downloaded here. Submit completed regulatory forms and requirements to the Public Health Student Affairs Office, Anteater Instruction and Research Building (AIRB), Suite 2010, Zot 3957 for verification. Once verified, you will be given an authorization code to enroll in PH 194B or PH 194C.
If you meet the course requirements, please send the attached application along with your unofficial transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline assigned every academic year.
Download: PH 194 - Application Submission Instructions & Checklist
The Program in Public Health is committed and supports an environment of learning, academic honesty, and integrity. These principles and program standards, set forth by the University and by UC policy, are expected of all students and personnel who engage in research activities.
Information regarding these program standards and policies can be found at the following links below:
General Research Policies
Offsite Research Policies
Protection of Human Subjects in Research
Research with Animal Subjects
UCI Academic Senate Policy on Academic Honesty
UCI Research Administration-Integrity in Research
UC Research Policies and Guidance
Campus-wide Honors Program
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Public Health Association at UCI
Scholarship Opportunities Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
UC Learning Center
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)