Master’s Degree in Public Health Program Launch

The newly approved University of California San Diego Master of Public Health (MPH) program will commence training its first cohort of students in Fall 2018. It is designed to be a contemporary, academically rigorous 2-year program with both thesis and experimental capstone options. The MPH program will provide instruction in the core public health disciplines of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Further, it will address key aspects of 21st century public health, by leveraging existing strengths of Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (FMPH) and UC San Diego colleagues in climate change, data science and mental health. MPH students will benefit not only from high quality academic training, but also from opportunities to engage in innovative public health research and public health practice in community settings.

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Institute for Public Health Director Michael Pratt Receives an American College of Sports Medicine 2017 Citation Award

Dr. Pratt Receives Award

Dr. Pratt receives his ACSM Citation Award from immediate President, Dr. Liz Joy.  Photo courtesy of the American College of Sports Medicine

Institute Director and UC San Diego Professor of Global Health Michael Pratt, MD, MSPE, MPH, FACSM, FACPM was recently honored by the American College of Sports Medicine with a Citation Award. Professor Pratt was one of six distinguished sports medicine researchers and practitioners honored this year, with the Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine.  This award is granted to an individual or group who has made significant and important contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, research and scholarship; clinical care; and/or administrative or educational services in sports medicine or exercise science.

Dr. Pratt was nominated based upon a distinguished 30-year career contributing to physical activity and exercise science at the national and international levels.  He worked for 28 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he was the first chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch.  His major contributions at CDC included new physical activity guidelines and the 1996 US Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.  He also directed the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Physical Activity at CDC, contributed to developing four of the most widely used physical activity surveys, guided the CDC-ACSM cooperative agreement, and initiated the annual Physical Activity and Public Health research and practice courses in partnership with the University of South Carolina. Further, Dr. Pratt led the global extension of these courses, contributing to physical activity and public health training in more than 20 other countries.  Particularly, he led the development of research and public health policy networks and programs in Latin America.  

Dr. Pratt is a Fellow of ACSM and the American College of Preventive Medicine, and is newly elected to the Board of Trustees of ACSM.  He was a driving force behind the Senior Editorial management group of the Lancet Physical Activity series in both 2012 and 2016.  Dr. Pratt served, at some point in their careers, as a formal mentor to nine of the other series authors.  He has contributed extensively to the physical-activity related scientific literature, publishing nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Of these, seven have been cited more than 1000 times and 37 have been cited more than 100 times, indicating their impactful nature.  He has helped build the case for physical activity and public health in the US and around the world, arguing tirelessly as an advocate for the importance of physical activity in chronic disease prevention and in relation to other health outcomes.