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Public Health

Public Health

Public Health is the scientific study of disease prevention, health promotion, and the social and political contexts of disease causation. Through activities ranging from basic research, to frontline efforts such as vaccination programs, promotion of healthy lifestyles and environments, disease control, and leadership on health policy formation, Public Health issues and outcomes touch the lives of people throughout the world. Public Health is an interdisciplinary field drawing on the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. Public Health at UC Merced is a vibrant and collegial intellectual community, marked by outstanding scholarship and participation in interdisciplinary communities of inquiry. Our program trains students to conduct independent research on some of the critical issues facing California and the nation, including prevention sciences (health disparities, health promotion, chronic and infectious disease prevention), environmental health (air quality, pesticide exposures), and health services (healthcare disparities, health system access, utilization).

For additional information on the Public Health major/minor at UC Merced, please visit the Public Health website.

For Public Health major/minor requirements, please consult your catalog.