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Professor A. Susana Ramírez discusses the challenges associated with communication inequalities in health care settings
The Impact of Communication Inequalities on Diabetes
Professor A. Susana Ramírez discusses the challenges associated with communication inequalities in health care settings.
Public Health Professor Alec Chan-Golston
Welcome Alec Chan-Golston
Alec Chan-Golston is one of two faculty members who joined the Public Health Department this fall.
Statewide Coalition Forming to Bring COVID Awareness to At-Risk Communities
A new coalition of universities and community partners across the state — including UC Merced —aims to address the COVID-19 pandemic in communities that are disproportionally affected.
Professor Denise Payán
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).
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...

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 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. 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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