About

Institute History

The UC San Diego Institute for Public Health was established in 2014, to address and expand on emerging opportunities for promoting public health through trans-disciplinary efforts across UC San Diego. The Institute supports and closely collaborates with faculty, researchers, clinicians and students from the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (FMPH), and the local community.

Vision and Goals
 

In alignment with the university-wide Strategic Plan, the Institute for Public Health strives to be student centered, research focused, and community engaged.  It unites multidisciplinary UC San Diego students and faculty interested in public health, to improve the health and wellbeing of populations locally, nationally, and globally.  Primary goals are:

  • To support public health degree offerings and student engagement in public health research opportunities available through the FMPH Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Public Health, the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and other Department programs.
  • To promote cutting edge, trans-disciplinary public health research across UC San Diego, to improve the health of populations locally, nationally and globally. Examples of fruitful collaborations include those with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and the UC San Diego School of Engineering, Department of Social Sciences, and the School of Medicine.
  • To improve the health of our local communities through student and faculty public health community service, dissemination of research findings, and implementation of evidence-based public health interventions.


Research Interest Groups


Lifestyle, Wellbeing and Health Behavior


Linda Hill, MD, MPH
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Preventive Medicine Division

 

Ken Vitale, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery

 


Climate and the Environment


Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health



Veerabhadran Ramanathan, PhD

Scripps Institute of Oceanography




Technology Applications to Improve Public Health

Todd Coleman, PhD
UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering



Jennifer Vanos, PhD
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography



Advisory Board


Fonna, Forman, PhD
Director, UC San Diego Center on Global Justice



Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH
UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine



Veerabhadran Ramanathan, PhD
Scripps Institution of Oceanography


 

Geert W. Schmid-Schoenbein, PhD
UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering




Larry Smarr, PhD
UC San Diego Calit2 Qualcomm Institute, and Departments of Computer Science and Engineering


IPH Leadership


Founder: Bess H. Marcus, PhD
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine



Director:  Michael Pratt, MD, MSPE, MPH

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine



Associate Director: Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine



Assistant Director for Pilot Grants Program: Paul Mills, PhD

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine



Assistant Director for Community Engagement: Sarah Linke, PhD, MPH

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine



Assistant Director for Public Health Research Day: Sara McMenamin, MPH, PhD

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine



Senior Research Associate: Sheri Thompson, PhD

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and School of Medicine