University of California, Irvine

Program in Public Health

About the school

Program in Public Health

As part of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, the UCI Program in Public Health's mission is to create, integrate and translate population-based knowledge into preventive strategies for reducing the societal burden of human disease and disability. Established in 2003, the Program in Public Health is the only one of its kind in Orange County and one of three in the UC system.

UCI's Public Health program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In coming years, the program will expand to become a School of Public Health. It currently offers a B.A. in Public Health Policy; a B.S. in Public Health Sciences; a Public Health minor; a Master's of Public Health with an emphasis in environmental health, epidemiology or sociocultural diversity and health; and doctorates in Public Health and Environmental Health Sciences. The program has 1,247 undergraduate students and 49 graduate students as of fall 2014.

The program's curriculum brings a multidisciplinary approach to public health practice and research. Undergraduate students explore epidemiology, genetics, health informatics, chronic and infectious diseases, environmental and global health sciences, social and behavioral health sciences, and health policy and administration. Students are encouraged to learn through researching critical issues, such as air and water pollution, natural disasters and emergency health response, maternal and child health, and occupational health and industrial ecology.

Faculty members and alumni are pioneers in crucial areas of public health, taking part in innovative research, policy analysis, global environmental assessments, occupational health, and clinical and translational sciences that impact our region, nation and world.

Chair Oladele Ogunseitan

Oladele Ogunseitan is the chair of the Program in Public Health, a professor of social ecology, and the director of the Lead Campus Program on Research and Education in Green Materials. He has a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Tennessee and an M.P.H. from UC Berkeley. Ogunseitan is a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Public Health Association, Sigma Xi, the Minerals Metals and Materials Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also is on the board of directors for the UC Global Health Institute and the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health. Ogunseitan's research focuses on environmental and human health effects of industrial development with respect to pollution prevention and remediation. He has received several substantial grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He was recently awarded a $20 million grant from NIH and serves as the director of research education, training and career development for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Ogunseitan is on the Hoover Medal Board of Award and the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health Board of Directors.


  • Awarded $1.3 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for a three-year joint project to improve health and ease the burden of chronic disease in Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana.
  • Named a top-scoring institution on the University Global Health Impact Report Card by the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines organization. UCI received higher marks than Harvard, Emory and Duke universities based on innovative research, equitable access to information, and ability to empower students.
  • Home to GHREAT, the Global Health Research Education and Translation, a program that promotes global health awareness and aims to develop a comprehensive global health research, education and training. Students who participate in GHREAT have opportunities to take part in a global health journal club, seminar series, a certificate program, peer mentor program, and collaboration with the UC Global Health Institute. GHREAT has projects in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America.

Affiliated Programs

  • Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative
  • Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Institute for Transportation Studies
  • Pacific-Southwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Urban Water Research Center