Bernadette Boden-Albala
Director and Founding Dean
I am excited to announce to the UCI Community that the Program in Public Health has reached an important milestone on our journey and transition to the planned School of Population and Public Health. The UCI Academic Senate has endorsed and the Provost has approved three new departments under our program to join the current Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention.

We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from the School of Medicine into Public Health. The formation of our new departments brings together a world-class faculty of public health teachers, researchers, and practitioners committed to enhancing health, equity, and well-being locally and globally. We are dedicated to providing our students with a brilliant curriculum led by experts from core disciplines of Public Health at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My leadership team (Dr. Scott Bartell, Dr. Karen Edwards, Sharon V. Robert, Dr. Miryha Runnerstrom, Thomas Stevenson, and Chuck Villanueva) and I are delighted to introduce the department chairs in the Program in Public Health. 


Program in Public Health Department Chairs
Karen Edwards
Department Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is to improve population health through research, education, community engagement, and translating discoveries into practice. Epidemiology is a quantitative, data-driven discipline that uses rigorous methods to collect, analyze, and interpret health-related data in human populations. Read more...

Cynthia Lakon
Interim Department Chair, Department of Health, Society, and Behavior

Our department is comprised of a dynamic array of faculty with diverse backgrounds in public health and related fields in the social and biological sciences. Our faculty primarily has expertise in the areas of health behavior, social determinants of health, social epidemiology, health disparities and health equity, community-based research, biobehavioral health, and health communication. Read more...

Lisa Grant Ludwig
Department Chair, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention

The mission of the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention (DPHDP) is to create, integrate, and translate population-based knowledge into preventive strategies to reduce the societal burden of human disease and disability through excellence in interdisciplinary research, education, and public service. The DPHDP was established in 2008 as the first department within the PPH to provide a formal academic structure for the multidisciplinary pursuit of a public health mission and administration of degree programs. Read more...

Veronica M. Vieira
Interim Department Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

The mission of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (DEOH) in the Program in Public Health (PPH) is to conduct interdisciplinary research and teaching across the fields of exposure science, toxicology, risk assessment, epidemiology, urban health, climate change, natural disasters, environmental health disparity, and related disciplines, to elucidate how environmental exposures in the home, community, and occupational settings influence human health and the development and progression of human disease, with the aim of preventing human illness and disability and promoting well-being. Read more...

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