Our Path Forward
Long overlooked and underfunded, public health moved into the spotlight last year, as COVID-19 demanded expertise and solutions while underscoring the importance of investing in infrastructure to prepare for future outbreaks. But while COVID-19 captured much of the focus, other problems festered.
Worldwide protests brought attention to centuries-long structural racism in the U.S. and beyond, the results of which are substantial inequities in education, income, housing, access to quality healthcare, and other key determinants of health. After a relative respite during the worst part of the pandemic, the return of mass shootings nearly every day in America reinforced the reality that an epidemic of gun violence imperils the mental and physical health and well-being of much of the population. And there is no respite from the climate crisis, an existential threat already wreaking havoc with the health of communities in the U.S. and around the world — and, as with the other crises, disproportionately felt in disenfranchised communities.
The UCLA Fielding School continues to play a critical role in everything from generating research that informs sound policy to preparing students who will lead the way in effectively addressing these and other societal problems — because at FSPH, we know that the challenges of our time demand public health solutions.
Haroutune K. Armenian, MD, DrPH Professor-in-Residence, Epidemiology; Thomas R. Belin, PhD Professor, Biostatistics; Pamina Gorbach, DrPH Professor, Epidemiology; Moira Inkelas, PhD Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management; Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, MN Professor Emerita, Community Health Sciences; Cathy Lang, PhD Director for Research Administration; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences; Michael Prelip, DPA Professor and Chair, Community Health Sciences; Beate Ritz, PhD Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences; May C. Wang, DrPH Professor, Community Health Sciences; Elizabeth Yzquierdo, EdD Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences; Zuo-Feng Zhang, MD, PhD Associate Dean for Research; Professor, Epidemiology; Yifang Zhu, PhD Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Professor, Environmental Health Sciences; Frederick Zimmerman, PhD Professor, Health Policy and Management; Nayelie Benitez Santos and Marla Matta Co-Presidents, Public Health Student Association; Lori S. Pelliccioni, JD, MPH '96, PhD '02 President, Public Health Alumni Association
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