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Public Health at UC Merced

Public Health has been defined as "the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research regarding disease- and injury-prevention (www.whatispublichealth.org/what/index.html)." But Public Health is more than that...it is a way of engaging communities and building partnerships to address some of the pressing health issues facing society.
 
Nowhere is this more important than in the San Joaquin Valley of California. While a place of natural beauty and diverse, vibrant populations, it is also a region with some of the greatest health disparities in the country. Indeed, a major reason for the establishment of the Merced campus of the University of California was to improve the condition of the population of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV), which trails the rest of California on almost all socioeconomic and health risk indicators and is comparable to the poorest Appalachian sub-region. If this region were a state, it would rank about 48th in per capita income based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
 
The Public Health faculty at UC Merced are committed to addressing these issues through research, teaching, and service to the community. Public Health is led by a multidisciplinary group of faculty with an expertise in Prevention Sciences and Population Health and research interests that include:

Health Disparities Gonzalez, Ramirez, Valdez, Diaz Rios, Wallander, Song
Public health systems & services research Brown, Gonzalez, Schnier, Sipan
Nutrition Diaz Rios, Ramirez, Ortiz
Health communication Ramirez, Cameron
Behavioral health and medicine Cameron, Sipan, Song, Wallander, Wiebe, Ramirez
Tobacco control Cameron, Gonzalez, Brown, Song
Latino Health Ramirez, Gonzalez, Cisneros, Valdez
Epidemiology Goldman-Mellor
Mental and behavioral health Goldman-Mellor, Gilger, Wallander
Environmental Health Cisneros
Public health genetics Wooding, Joyce
Vector Ecology/Integ. Pest Mang Joyce
Immunology and infectious disease Ojcius, Barlow, Choi, Ridgway
Translational Research Brown, Song, Cameron, Ramirez, Gonzalez, Wallander, Wiebe, Sipan