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The Institute’s Research-related Mission

The Institute for Public Health (IPH) was founded in 2014, with a Mission to connect faculty, students and researchers to improve public health locally, nationally and globally.  Moreover, the Institute’s activities are particularly targeted toward facilitating innovative, cross-disciplinary, partnerships and collaborations, both on Campus and beyond.

Exemplars of IPH research work include the annual Public Health Research Day, the Pilot Grant Program, and its ongoing Seminars, Events and special meetings. 

Pilot Grant Program

The IPH Pilot Grant program, now in its fourth year, supports junior faculty in establishing or building a cross-sectoral line of research. Some Pilot grants have been co-sponsored by a variety external partners, with eight trans-disciplinary research projects funded over the past three years, for a total of more than $250,000.

Training and educational benefits have included pilot study presentations to students, faculty and community guests at the annual UC San Diego Public Health Research Day, and at other professional meetings. Pilot funds have supported public health-related graduate student work and helped to build the foundation for subsequent, more elaborate faculty grant applications and professional publications.  To date, the IPH Pilot Program has helped to support four NIH R01 proposals, as well as grant applications to the California EPA, NOAA, the Walton Foundation, and UCOP.  Finally, resulting journal manuscripts and conference presentations have expanded the visibility of UC San Diego Public Health, and have been particularly effective at showcasing areas of unique expertise. 

For 2019, the Pilot Grant focus areas are:

  1. Lifestyle and Healthy Aging – Co-sponsored by the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Center for Healthy Aging
  2. Technology – Co-sponsored by the Qualcomm Institute (QI)
  3. Microbiome – Co-sponsored by the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI)

We greatly appreciate the help of our collaborating 2019 Pilot grant Co-Sponsors!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following 2019-20 IPH Pilot Grant Awardees:

  • Timothy Mackey, MAS, PhD (Associate Professor, UCSD School of Medicine, Director - Healthcare Research & Policy at UCSD Extension and Director, Global Health Policy Institute):  “Using Infoveillance and Machine Learning to Characterize University Mental Health Climate”
  • Bob Geng, MD (Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, UCSD and Co-Director of Severe Asthma Clinic at Rady’s Children’s Hospital), Sandra Leibel, MD, MS (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCSD), and Sydney Leibel, MD, MPH (Asst. Professor at UCSD and Director of Severe Asthma Clinic at Rady’s Children’s Hospital):  “The Association Between Breast Milk, the Microbiome and Risk of Allergic Disease in the Preterm population”
  • Suzi Hong, PhD (Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Public Health and Psychiatry, UCSD) and Borsika Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD (Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSD):  “Feasibility Study to Implement an Evidence-based Healthy Aging Intervention Program in Under-served Senior Community Organizations: "Training the Trainers" “Correlating probiotic dietary supplements during pregnancy with maternal microbiome profiles”

Public Health Research Day

Public Health Research Day is a popular IPH-hosted annual event, held during Public Health Research Week (April). This event provides one or more engaging Plenary speakers, followed by a well-attended Poster Session that showcases research on a wide variety of public health topics.

Poster selection is a juried process, with Junior faculty and students, especially, encouraged to submit Abstracts.  Prizes are given for the Top 3 posters presented by Faculty, Graduate Students/Research Professionals, and Undergraduates.  Consistent with its mission, the event creates a beneficial training ground for students who are new to presenting research, as well as an opportunity for prominent researchers to share their latest findings, to network across disciplines, and to mentor.  Also consistent with the event’s mission, is the presence of co-investigators from a broad range of departments and institutions, outside the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. A 2017 summary of presenters, topics and institutions highlight this point.

View a summary demographic of our presenters, topics and institutions.

Contact us, if you would like to be added to listserv for Call for Abstracts and/or general PHRD event information.

View previous PHRD information/abstract books below.
5th Annual– 2019 | 4th Annual–2018 | 3rd Annual–2017 | 2nd Annual–2016 | 1st Annual–2015

Seminars and Special Events

Throughout the year, the Institute sponsors a range of educational seminars on topics related to its overarching mission and /or its Working Group focus areas of Lifestyle and Wellbeing, Climate, Environment and Health, and Technology and Public Health.  Further, the Institute has hosted timely public meetings, such as its Climate Change-focused update on meetings that IPGH faculty had attended at the Vatican (“View from the Vatican”). It has also hosted an NCI-supported multi-day conference and expert panel meetings on Global Physical Activity, “Learning from the Lancet.” 

For a complete listing of IPH seminars and events, please view the events page.

Demographics of our Public Health Research Day

Primary Author Roles 2015-2017

Poster Topics 2017

2017 Non-FMPH Primary Author Affiliations*

  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Calit2
  • Cardiology Research
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cognitive Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Global Public Health Div. (SOM)
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Moores Cancer Center
  • Neurosciences
  • Neurosurgery
  • San Diego State University School of Public Health
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy
  • Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

*Additional affiliations may exist among secondary authors and other collaborators