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Why FSPH & Student Perspectives

Founded in 1961, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health aims to build health and equity, and to drive positive change for all people. We act on this mission through initiatives in three core areas: education, discovery and service. In each of these realms, we affirm our commitment to developing leaders and evidence-based solutions, and to working in partnership with communities to promote health and well-being in ways that are innovative, respectful and inclusive.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS


The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health — ranked a top ten school of public health by U.S. News & World Report — is home to one of the brightest and most diverse public health student bodies in the United States, with students hailing from 26 countries. The Fielding School of Public Health has five academic departments - BiostatisticsCommunity Health SciencesEnvironmental Health SciencesEpidemiology and Health Policy and Management - and offers four degree types: MPH, MHA, MS and PhD. Additionally, concurrent and articulated degrees and certificates enable students to gain specialized knowledge in areas such as global health, population and reproductive health, environmental health, and health care management and leadership. Our students also have access to a wide range of local and global hands-on training opportunities that provide the skills needed to move public health evidence to action.

WORLD-RENOWNED FACULTY


Fielding School faculty are leading efforts that improve people’s lives in Los Angeles and around the world. From addressing COVID-19 and tackling longstanding health inequities, to climate change, cancer care, and protecting people from food and occupational hazards, FSPH faculty work on the front lines of change. Our research centers lead innovative efforts in infectious diseases, environmental genomics, health policy, climate change, human nutrition, global and immigrant health, health equity, social policy, population and reproductive health, and more. The school also has 19 Memoranda of Understanding with institutions in countries that include Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico and the Philippines. And multidisciplinary collaboration is encouraged and enhanced by FSPH’s presence on UCLA’s unified campus — the schools of medicine, law, nursing, management, public policy, dentistry, engineering and more are all located on the Westwood campus of UCLA, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number 1 public university in the country.

WHY LOS ANGELES


Los Angeles (L.A.) is a unique setting to address public health challenges confronting our global community. L.A. County has the largest population of any county in the United States and is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Its nearly 10 million residents represent more than 140 cultures and speak an estimated 224 languages. With an average of 292 sunny days per year and UCLA’s location five miles from world-famous Santa Monica beach, which includes access to a 22-mile-long path for bicycling, skating, jogging and walking, L.A. has much to offer in the way of a healthy and happy lifestyle. Home to the largest city park in the country, countless hiking trails and some of the nation’s best museums, music and farmers markets, Los Angeles is internationally recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Dr. Ron Brookmeyer serves as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. To obtain copies of the Fielding School's most recent self-study and/or accreditation report, please email Yifang Zhu, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, at yifang@ucla.edu.

For a PDF of information about the Fielding School, please see our Fielding School Fact Sheet.

 


STUDENT AMBASSADORS: WHY I CHOSE FSPH

Working with several FSPH departments and units including the Central Office of Student Services, Career and Professional Development and Development and Alumni Affairs, FSPH Ambassadors have a thorough understanding of the qualities of our school. Read more about the ambassadors’ specialty areas, and why they chose FSPH:

Catherine Brandon (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Epidemiology

 

Catherine is a first-year M.P.H. student in the Epidemiology Department. Cat received her B.S. at the University of California, Davis in Global Disease Biology in 2020. During her time at UC Davis, she volunteered with a student-run clinic for folks experiencing homelessness in Sacramento, working closely with this population to provide medical care and social services. This experience solidified her interest in viewing clinical care from a more broad and holistic picture, to recognize the greater causes of individuals' ailments and the ways in which they may overlap. Cat also has experience with clinical research in the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and academic research at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego. It is her goal to have a career that allows her to work with health education programs within the field of preventative medicine. As an Ambassador, Cat works with the admissions office, corresponding with prospective students about life here at Fielding, UCLA, and Los Angeles.

 

Grant Cho (he, him, his) | MPH Candidate, Health Policy & Management

 

Grant is a first year MPH student in the Health Policy and Management department. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Public Health from UCLA in 2021. Prior to starting at FSPH, Grant worked on numerous public health initiatives focused on undergraduate public health career development through mentorship programs, industry career panels and networking, and other related projects. Most recently, he worked at the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative and at Seoul National University Hospital where he supported COVID-19 preventative policy research. His interests include patient care quality and delivery, health equity, and health policy implementation. As an FSPH Ambassador, Grant recognizes the importance of integrating research with practical skills applications. He aims to continue developing diverse professional development resources to foster greater professional preparedness to promote interdisciplinary approaches to tackle contemporary health challenges.

 

Cynthia Hou (she, her, hers) | PhD Candidate, Health Policy and Management

 

Cynthia is a third-year doctoral student in the Health Policy and Management department studying food and nutrition policy. Prior to coming to UCLA, she completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology at Wellesley College. After graduating, she spent time working in a hospital pathology department and a cancer diagnostics company. Her research interests include investigating the role of processed food consumption on chronic disease and how food policies affect consumers and food choices, particularly those from low-income communities. As an FSPH Ambassador, Cynthia hopes to promote a supportive and welcoming environment for students and encourage more cross-departmental collaboration between both students and faculty. She believes that bringing together people from diverse backgrounds can lead to some of the most effective ways of resolving issues in public health.

 

Aditi Lahiri (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Epidemiology

 

Aditi is a second year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Public Health at UC Berkeley. She is passionate about reducing racial inequities in maternal and child health and hopes to work in alleviating them. As the FSPH Ambassador Program Coordinator, she hopes to support her fellow Ambassadors in creating a warm and welcoming environment for students who are adjusting to life in LA and a return to in person classes. She hopes to facilitate a feeling of connection to campus events for Fielding students. In her free time, she likes to read, hike and explore the food scene in Los Angeles.

 

Mounica Lakshmi Dugginapeddi (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Community Health Sciences

 

Mounica is a second year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences Department at FSPH. Prior to coming to UCLA, Mounica graduated from medical school back in India in 2019. Mounica worked as a medical intern in India for a year in various medical departments. During that time, she also volunteered at a local community clinic as a health educator. After Mounica moved to the US, she volunteered as a community health mentor for the Check. Change. Control. Program of the American Heart Association in the Bay Area. Mounica also volunteered as a Donor Ambassador at San Jose American Red Cross Blood Donation Center. For her MPH fieldwork, Mounica served at The Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA. As an FSPH ambassador, she looks forward to fostering an inclusive community at FSPH.

 

Ching-Wen (Winnie) Lan (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Epidemiology

 

Winnie is a second-year MPH student in the Epidemiology Department. She received her B.S. in Public Health from Taipei Medical University in 2017. Before pursuing her graduate study at UCLA, she worked for multiple pharmaceutical companies in the sales, marketing, and medical affairs departments in Taiwan. She also worked as a student researcher at Taipei Medical University and interned at Taipei City Government, Department of Health. She aims to leverage her experience in public health research and industry experience to bridge the gap between science and business. As a student ambassador, her two focusing areas lie in Admissions and Recruitment and Career and Professional Development. She hopes to increase FSPH's share of voice among international students and contribute her industry experience to the entire Fielding community.

 

Corbin Platamone (he, him, his) | MPH Candidate, Epidemiology

 

Corbin is a second year MPH student in the epidemiology department. Prior to coming to UCLA, he completed his bachelors of science in biology at UC Santa Cruz. After  graduating, he spent time working as a research assistant in a biotechnology lab, and as an EMT for the bay area. This past summer, he worked with a research team from UNT to draft a manuscript regarding a possible relationship between parental epilepsy,  anticonvulsant medication exposure, and childhood cancer. His research interests include STD prevention and infectious diseases. As an ambassador, Corbin looks forward to cultivating an inclusive environment for all students and promoting personal wellness and care.