Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

Dual Degree Programs

Masters in Public Health Track

Residents interested in receiving a Masters in Public Health (MPH) while completing their residency will be able to do so through the University of California, Irvine MPH Degree program. This program, led by Dr. Ogunseitan, Professor of Public Health and Social Ecology, has as its distinctive mission the creation of a motivated cadre of public health professionals prepared to implement effective strategies for reducing the burden of disease and disability in culturally-diverse communities. The program is designed for future practitioners who are primed to lead and work collaboratively on accurate assessments of health risk factors and management of evidence-based prevention strategies. The MPH degree is based in and administered by the Program in Public Health in the College of Health Sciences.

The MPH degree emphasizes problem-based learning in public health by applying interdisciplinary approaches and methods in local, state or national public health agencies and health care organizations, where public health practitioners are expected to make a difference. As recommended by the Associations of Schools of Public Health, the MPH curriculum covers breadth and depth in five core areas: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and administration, and social and behavioral health. The MPH currently requires that students specialize in one of three concentrations, namely epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, or cultural diversity and health.

A total of fourteen courses are required to complete the MPH degree. Of these, eight courses must be completed by all students. In addition, three courses are required for each emphasis area, and the remaining three courses are electives. The common requirements are: an introductory overview course (Foundations of Public Health); one course in each of the five competency areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and social and behavioral health; one graduate seminar course; and a practicum course.

The Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, MPH degree is designed to be completed in two academic years at normal pace, and will be undertaken in conjunction with residency training. The resident would begin work toward an MPH degree in the last six months of the CA-3 year.  The resident would, under mentorship of faculty participating in the School of Public Health, develop and carry out an epidemiologic research study.  The project requires approval from the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care’s Research Oversight Committee.  This committee would also monitor the resident’s progress.  The resident will participate in appropriate coursework necessary for satisfactory performance of the project during this time.

Upon successful completion of the residency, the participant would then continue for one year as a Clinical Instructor/Advanced Degree Fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. It is anticipated that the fellow would be 80 percent academic to complete MPH requirements and 20 percent clinical.


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