Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health

  • S. Jody Heymann, Dean

The public health field is experiencing an unprecedented level of attention as the nation continues to better prepare itself for a variety of threats to its health and security. As a result, many new and exciting opportunities exist for students, faculty members, and graduates.

The field of public health strives to create healthier communities. Where medicine treats the individual, public health looks to the larger community. Those working in public health focus on efforts to assess the health of people and their environments, and develop policies and programs to protect people and help them lead healthier lives.

To achieve these goals, public health crosses many of the traditional academic disciplinary boundaries, drawing from medicine, law, public policy, economics, and biology to name a few. Making water safe to drink and air safe to breathe, controlling toxic waste, halting the spread of infectious disease, promoting the advantages of healthy lifestyles, and minimizing violence in our communities are all examples of public health in action. Increasingly public health is called on to help determine which clinical approaches to an individual health problem are best (outcomes research), and to assess and identify disparities in access to health care, quality of health care, and health status.

The UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health is among the top public health schools in the country, and offers superior public health training and real-world experience. School classrooms and laboratories are located in the Center for Health Sciences (CHS) shared with the Geffen School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Nursing, and just steps away from its science facilities and schools of engineering, law, management, and public affairs.

The school is enriched by its location in Los Angeles, where a melting pot of cultures, industries, environmental situations, and urban issues offers unparalleled opportunities for education, research, and service. Its location also supplies students and faculty members with a unique opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge health care issues, as many of the health system changes have origins in Southern California.

Students can look forward to working with acclaimed public health experts and innovators. Among its 250 faculty members are more than 15 members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, three past presidents of the American Public Health Association, and two past presidents of the International Epidemiological Association.

The school’s 611 students are among the most talented and promising in the nation. They are a culturally diverse group — one of the most diverse of all schools of public health — representing more than 23 countries and nearly every region of the U.S. Graduates continue to make an impressive impact on the field and can be found at the forefront of all major public health efforts.