2023

A History of Impact: 2020s


The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has been working to build a healthier future for more than six decades. The examples that follow, interspersed throughout this section, are just a few of the many ways.

Ron BrookmeyerDr. Ron Brookmeyer, a distinguished professor of biostatistics and member of the UCLA Fielding faculty since 2010, was appointed dean of the school in January 2020 after serving as interim dean since November 2018. An internationally renowned researcher, award-winning teacher and scholar, and elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Brookmeyer earned worldwide recognition for predicting the magnitude of the impending HIV/AIDS epidemic with work beginning in the mid-1980s and, through widely cited studies, calling attention to the looming Alzheimer’s epidemic. As an expert on how statistical tools can address global public health challenges, he has also addressed issues of bio-security, disease surveillance, and health challenges of aging populations.


In response to a statewide need to rapidly prepare thousands of new contact tracers and case investigators to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, UCLA Fielding joined with UCLA Extension, UC San Francisco, and the California Department of Public Health in April 2020 to build the California Virtual Training Academy (VTA), which trained more than 15,000 public health workers for the state. As the pandemic evolved, VTA pivoted to meeting the needs of local health jurisdictions through additional training and support mechanisms. FSPH’s VTA team also expanded training efforts to other countries, including Armenia and the Andean Parliament, whose member countries include Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, and Peru.


With the field of healthcare administration experiencing dramatic growth as well as transforming to require new skill sets, UCLA Fielding established the online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program, which welcomed its initial class in 2021. The first MHA degree offered by the University of California system and FSPH’s first online executive program equips early- and mid-career healthcare professionals with skills in areas such as finance, strategic marketing, quantitative problem solving, and analytics.


COVID-19 Stay Safer Stay Home sign at UCLA


Los Angeles appointed its first-ever chief heat officer in 2022 — and it was an FSPH alum, Marta Segura (MPH ’91). Segura also serves as director of Los Angeles’ Climate Emergency Mobilization Office.


In 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health awarded a contract of approximately $21 million to a multidisciplinary UCLA team that includes co-principal investigators Dr. Michael Jerrett and Dr. Honghu Liu, as well as other FSPH faculty, staff, and students, to collect wide-ranging health information designed to obtain answers about the 2015 leak in an underground gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon, located immediately adjacent to a residential community in the northwest San Fernando Valley. The leak led to the largest-known human-caused release of methane in U.S. history.


In an effort to strengthen the public health workforce by providing early exposure and opportunities for students from all backgrounds to pursue public health education and careers, UCLA Fielding has established multiple “pathway” programs. Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Prelip (MPH ’85), FSPH professor of community health sciences, UCLA Fielding’s network of community partners have collaborated with the school to provide hands-on experiences and mentorship for program participants. Among the programs are FSPH’s UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program (including the UCLA-Tougaloo Public Health Scholars Training Program), the UCLA Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy, and the California Pathways into Public Health Initiative Fellowship Program. In addition, UCLA Fielding’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion hosts an annual summer pre-matriculation program, EDI STEPS, for incoming full-time, first-year public health students, designed to usher a Successful Transition for Educational excellence and Professional Satisfaction. The program is open to students with diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups.

UCLA FSPH students

In May 2023, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, chaired by Dr. Carol Mangione, UCLA Fielding professor of health policy and management, released draft recommendations urging all women to get mammography screening every other year starting at age 40. Previously, the task force had recommended women start mammograms at 50, with women ages 40-49 considering getting screened depending on personal risk.


Amid growing appreciation for public health’s central role in addressing society’s most pressing challenges, UCLA Fielding reintroduced the undergraduate public health major starting in spring 2023. UCLA undergraduates can now pursue a BA or a BS in public health. Exposing students to public health before graduate school is expected to help draw a more diverse pool of individuals to the profession, as well as providing students who end up in other professions important knowledge of public health principles such as health equity and disease prevention.


To meet the growing demand for individuals able to thrive in an environment often characterized as “big data,” UCLA Fielding established a new Master of Data Science in Health (MDSH) program through FSPH’s Department of Biostatistics, starting in Fall Quarter 2023. The hybrid program, geared to meet the demands of working professionals as well as recent graduates, provides advanced training in data management, data analytics, statistical modeling, machine learning, and big-data computing.


In a series of events throughout 2023 celebrating the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s six-plus decades of achievement, FSPH students, faculty, staff, graduates, and friends have commemorated the school’s historic impact as well as celebrating its current prominence, and the path to building a healthier future together.

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Faculty Referenced in this Article

Ron Brookmeyer
Ron Brookmeyer
Biostatistics
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Michael Jerrett
Michael Jerrett
Environmental Health Sciences
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Sudipto Banerjee
Sudipto Banerjee
Biostatistics
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Honghu Liu
Biostatistics
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Dr. Michael Prelip
Michael Prelip
Community Health Sciences
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Jennifer A. Wagman
Jennifer A. Wagman
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Donatello Telesca
Donatello Telesca
Biostatistics
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Brunilda Balliu
Biostatistics
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Dr. Hilary Aralis
Hilary Aralis
Biostatistics
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Dr. Alina Dorian
Alina Dorian
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Hyun J. Grace Kim
Biostatistics
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Paula Tavrow
Paula Tavrow
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Randall Kuhn
Randall Kuhn
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Elizabeth Yzquierdo
Elizabeth Yzquierdo
Community Health Sciences
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Sudipto Banerjee
Sudipto Banerjee
Biostatistics
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Robert Kim-Farley
Robert J. Kim-Farley

Robert J. Kim-Farley, MD, MPH, is a Professor-in-Residence with joint appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Community Health Sciences

Community Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Virginia C. Li
Virginia C. Li
Community Health Sciences
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Charlotte Neumann
Charlotte G. Neumann
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Chandra Ford
Chandra Ford
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Dana Rose Garfin
Dana Rose Garfin
Community Health Sciences
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Ondine S. von Ehrenstein
Community Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Dawn Upchurch
Community Health Sciences
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Sheba George
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Jessica Gipson
Jessica Gipson
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Michael Goldstein
Michael Goldstein
Community Health Sciences
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Catherine M. Crespi
Biostatistics
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Dr. Gilbert Gee
Gilbert C. Gee
Community Health Sciences
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Andrew Holbrook
Andrew Holbrook
Biostatistics
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Martin L. Lee
Martin L. Lee
Biostatistics
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Kimberley Shoaf
Community Health Sciences
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David Gjertson
Biostatistics
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Dr. Dorota Dabrowska
Dorota M. Dabrowska
Biostatistics
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Dr. Donald Morisky
Donald E. Morisky
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Michele Guindani
Michele Guindani
Biostatistics
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Thomas Belin
Thomas R. Belin
Biostatistics
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Dr. Marc Suchard
Marc Suchard
Biostatistics
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Philip Massey
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Robert Erin Weiss
Robert Erin Weiss
Biostatistics
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David Elashoff
Biostatistics
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Dr. Judith M. Siegel
Judith M. Siegel
Community Health Sciences
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Deborah Glik
Community Health Sciences
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Xiaowu Dai
Biostatistics
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May C. Wang
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Anne Pebley
Anne Pebley
Community Health Sciences
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Dana Hunnes
Dana Hunnes
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Gang Li
Gang Li
Biostatistics
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Wendelin Slusser
Community Health Sciences
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Catherine Ann Sugar
Catherine Ann Sugar
Biostatistics
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David Eisenman
David Eisenman
Community Health Sciences
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Abdelmonem Afifi
Abdelmonem A. Afifi
Biostatistics
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Sarah Blenner
Sarah Blenner

Director of Field Studies and Applied Professional Training

Community Health Sciences
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Ron Brookmeyer
Ron Brookmeyer
Biostatistics
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Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
Community Health Sciences
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Courtney S. Thomas Tobin
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Elizabeth D'Amico
Elizabeth D’Amico
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Weng Kee Wong
Weng Kee Wong
Biostatistics
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Li, Jingyi Jessica
Jingyi Jessica Li
Biostatistics
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Dena Herman
Dena Herman
Community Health Sciences
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James Macinko
James Macinko

Professor of Community Health Sciences & Health Policy and Management, and Associate Dean for Research

Community Health Sciences Health Policy and Management
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Dr. Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez
Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez
Community Health Sciences
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Sean Darling-Hammond
Sean Darling-Hammond
Biostatistics Community Health Sciences
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Hua Zhou
Hua Zhou
Biostatistics
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Dr. Shira Shafir
Shira Shafir
Community Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Dr. May Sudhinaraset
May Sudhinaraset
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Jin Zhou
Jin Zhou
Biostatistics
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Jason H. Moore, Ph.D.
Jason H. Moore

Automated and accessible artificial intelligence methods and software for biomedical data science.

Biostatistics
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Dr. Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez
Community Health Sciences
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Bo-Kyung Elizabeth Kim
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Zhe Fei
Zhe Fei
Biostatistics
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William G. Cumberland
Biostatistics
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Dr. Samuel Stratton
Samuel Stratton
Community Health Sciences
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Cathy Lang
Cathy Lang

Assistant Dean for Research & Adjunct Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences

Community Health Sciences
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Damla Senturk
Biostatistics
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Kimberly Gregory
Kimberly Gregory
Community Health Sciences
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Ilan H. Meyer
Ilan H. Meyer
Community Health Sciences
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Natalie Muth
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Christina Ramirez
Christina Ramirez
Biostatistics
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Ronald Halbert
Community Health Sciences
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Carol Mangione
Health Policy and Management
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