The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is ranked tenth in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of the Best Public Health Schools. The newly released rankings include 188 schools and programs of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
“We are pleased that the rankings recognize the excellence of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, which can be attributed to the indefatigable commitment of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and extensive network of local and global community partners and supporters working to build a healthier, more equitable society,” said UCLA Fielding School of Public Health dean and distinguished professor of biostatistics Dr. Ron Brookmeyer. “Especially during these challenging times, it’s heartening to see that dedication recognized.”
The UCLA Fielding School is home to one of the brightest and most diverse public health student bodies in the United States, with students from 26 countries. The school experienced a 35% overall increase during the most recent application cycle and continues to expand. In the last year, the UCLA Fielding School announced a new Master of Healthcare Administration degree—the first of its kind in the University of California system—and established the Center for Healthy Climate Solutions which addresses the devastating effects of climate change on human health, as well as the Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research and Health which promotes the health of sexual and gender minorities.
UCLA Fielding School initiatives to address the COVID-19 pandemic span research, training, and service across local communities and around the globe. The training of an estimated 10,000 contact tracers in California early in the pandemic was co-led by a Fielding School team of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The team has expanded its work to include partners in six countries to teach, train, and ensure the rapid build-up and maintenance of public health workforces. Faculty have developed predictive models, including one that pinpoints which populations should have priority access to COVID-19 vaccines and other resources.
Combatting pandemic misinformation also remains a priority. A website with timely COVID-19 facts and resources in 60 languages was created and is maintained by faculty and students at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in collaboration with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA Institute of American Cultures to ensure that all communities have access to lifesaving information about the pandemic.