UC IRVINE Undergraduate Areas of Study majors Public Health Policy (B.A.) Public Health Sciences (B.S.) Public Health Program Overview There is no better time in history to enroll in a Public Health major at UC Irvine, home to innovative and resourceful public health research, practice, and education initiatives. Our mission 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. We push forward the frontiers of knowledge in crucial areas of public health; we reframe and answer questions that emerge with new societal challenges; and we train a cadre of public health scientists and policy makers who are versatile in the interdisciplinary language necessary to succeed in today’s world. There is also possibly no more sophisticated opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary dimensions that effective public health demands than to engage in our curriculum beginning at the freshman level up to the award-winning culminating experience of graduating seniors who integrate upper division writing with practicum at a public health agency in the community. It is arguable that very few, if any, contemporary human health issues are permanently limited to national or geographical boundaries. Rapid mobility of populations and disease vectors, international trade and commerce, trans-boundary conflicts, natural disasters, and the increasingly international flavor of regulatory issues have all demanded a broadening of the scope of public health research and training. The faculty members in the Program in Public Health at UC Irvine are uniquely positioned to take full advantage of rapid progress in the molecular sciences, informatics and communication, global environmental assessments, occupational health, human behavior, policy analysis, international relations, disease control and clinical and translational sciences. These are all existing areas of scholarly strength that public health contributes to our campus, our country, and the world. We are delighted by the opportunity to share with you our individual and collective excitement about the UC Irvine undergraduate majors in Public Health. We look forward to engaging you in meaningful and productive excursions, inside and outside the classroom, leading to deeper understanding of the determinants of the quality of health in populations, and to reward you with the knowledge and passion to act to improve the health status of diverse communities. minors Public Health Academic Options in Public Health The 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, communicable diseases, 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. The Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Public Health Policy degree programs train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research. The degrees explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. Graduates will advance, through selective employment or further education to become the new generation of public health professionals prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health from a population perspective using cutting-edge approaches to prevent disease. The minor in Public Health provides students with the fundamental knowledge of principles, applications, and skills needed to develop a firm appreciation of health and disease prevention at the population level, and to use this special knowledge to transform the experience of their major education into innovative approaches for solving problems in health care and assessment. Graduate students admitted to the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program complete core courses in biostatistics, environmental health science, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral health. Emphasis in environmental health, epidemiology, or sociocultural diversity and health are available to M.P.H. students. An emphasis in Global Health is under development, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Health with concentrations in Global Health and Disease Prevention. Public Health Practicum A major part of the undergraduate curriculum in Public Health is its practicum requirement. Practicum is designed to facilitate hands-on experience for public health majors at agencies and/or laboratories dedicated to public health practice while also linking tutorials on the development of excellent writing and communication skills on contemporary public health topics. Students are encouraged to disseminate their ideas in the community by submitting their OpEds or essays for publication. Upper-division students select an approved practicum placement site typically off-campus, depending on their declared emphasis area, where they spend at least 100 hours working with knowledgeable staff and preceptors to advance the agency’s work in public health. The practicum also provides opportunities for professional networking and employment after graduation. Special Resources and Opportunities Research in Public Health Public Health education is most firmly embedded in knowledge systems through research and practice. Public Health students enroll in PUBHLTH-198 or PUBHLTH-199 to engage in groups or individual 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 PUBHLTH-194 (Clinical and Translational Science Preparatory) that trains students to work with faculty members in clinical and healthcare settings. Students are encouraged to obtain funds to support their research by writing proposals to the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and to present their research work at an annual symposium. Seminars in Public Health The Program hosts a bi-weekly seminar series with distinguished investigators and practitioners invited to share their work with students, faculty, staff and the community. Attendance at these events enriches the curriculum and provides additional opportunity to explore various contemporary topics in public health and to develop a network with experts in the field. Students may obtain credit by formal enrollment in the seminar course. Service Public Health education demands community engagement. All students of Public Health are encouraged to participate in societal functions that ground their understanding of public problems and facilitate the development of creative solutions to those problems. Experience in public health service may be acquired through participation in learning opportunities and by reflecting critically on those experiences under the auspices of vigorous campus organizations such as the Public Health Association (http://phauci.tumblr.com/). Honors Program At graduation, Honors, e.g., cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, are awarded to about 12 percent of the graduating seniors. Eligibility for such honors is based on grade point average (GPA). A minimum overall GPA of 3.5 is required for consideration. In addition, outstanding Public Health students can be accepted into the Research Honors program, which requires completion of a sequence of Honors courses, and submission of a thesis developed under the supervision of a faculty member. Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes The Program in Public Health is cherishes the outstanding academic, research, and community-oriented accomplishments of our undergraduates. Each year, we present awards and prizes to recognize exceptionally strong performances in various aspects of public health. Faculty members typically nominate students and the recipients are presented with their awards at the annual Public Health undergraduate convocation ceremony. Careers in Public Health For graduates with bachelor’s degrees who wish to enter the job market directly, there is a plethora of opportunities in private agencies and public organizations for entry-level personnel in public health. These include statewide and regional health care agencies, community clinics focusing on preventive health, water and air quality management districts, biomedical companies, health-education institutions, and activist non-governmental organizations. In addition to supplying practitioners for the entry-level workforce in public health, the undergraduate degrees also prepare students to enter graduate programs in public health. Many of the graduates from our Bachelor’s degree programs are employed in the following fields: s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s #ONSUMER(EALTH2ESEARCH #OUNSELING %MERGENCY0REPAREDNESSAND2ESPONSE %NVIRONMENTAL#ONSULTING %PIDEMIC)NVESTIGATION 'LOBALAND)NTERNATIONAL(EALTH (EALTH#ARE!DMINISTRATION (EALTH)NFORMATICS (EALTH0ROMOTION -EDICAL#LINICALOR,ABORATORY4ECHNOLOGY -EDICINE /CCUPATIONAL(EALTH 0OLICY!NALYST!DMINISTRATION 0UBLIC(EALTH!DMINISTRATION 0UBLIC(EALTH,AW 0UBLIC(EALTH.URSING 0UBLIC(EALTH3ERVICES 2ESEARCH 3OCIAL7ORK Additional Information Program in Public Health Student Services Office Anteater Instruction and Research Building (AIRB), Suite 2010 653 Peltason Road Irvine, CA 92697-3957 Telephone: (949) 824-2358 Fax: (949) 824-2039 http://publichealth.uci.edu/ General Campus Information Telephone: (949) 824-5011 www.uci.edu UCI General Catalogue UCI Bookstore Telephone: (949) 824-2665 www.book.uci.edu www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue (PDF Version) Admissions and Relations with Schools 260 Aldrich Hall University of California Irvine, CA 92697-1075 Telephone: (949) 824-6703 www.admissions.uci.edu www.uci.edu Accommodations: Upon request, this publication will be made available in alternative formats for people with disabilities. 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