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Professor Payán Appointed Deputy Director of Cal-IHEA
Professor Denise Payán is the newly appointed Deputy Director of the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA).
Public Health Strategies: COVID-19 and the Central Valley
Public Health Strategies: COVID-19 and the Central Valley
Dr. Sidra Goldman-Mellor will be a featured speaker for this HEAL webinar from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 22. Zoom:
Gradaute student Kesia Garibay with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and others
Public Health Grad Student Wins Future History Maker Award
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) scholarship and Future History Maker Award recipient Kesia Garibay with California’s First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, at the Celebrate...
Professor Maria-Elena Young
Health and Economic Impact of COVID-19 Policy Responses on Latino Immigrants in Rural California: CLIMA Study Second Wave
This research team includes Assistant Professors Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, Sidra Goldman Mellor and Denise Payán. Drawing on expertise in policy, immigrant health, and mental health, this team...
Professor Paul Brown
Health Economics Research
Professor Paul Brown and colleagues are using a federal grant to pursue interventions that address child obesity, which is alarmingly common in Merced County.  

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." But Public Health is more than 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. By choosing to study with the growing and dynamic UC Merced Public Health department, you will be at the forefront of these efforts.

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