The Department Research Mission is:
To conduct cutting edge research into the etiology and prevention of disease focusing on those conditions and those causative and preventive factors for which treatment may have a substantial public health impact; to exploit the most modern laboratory technology to accomplish this research agenda; to develop new biologic and analytic methodologies to better understand disease etiology, treatment and prevention strategies; to develop efficacious community based programs to promote the public health of the diverse populations of the California and Pacific Rim region and test their effectiveness in representative environments; and to promote effective dissemination of state-of-the-science programs in prevention to serve the populations at need.
The Department Teaching Mission is:
To train medical, graduate and undergraduate students regarding the most current knowledge of disease etiology and prevention and the most up-to-date technologies and methodologies for addressing disease etiology and prevention hypotheses. For medical students, to provide sufficient knowledge to incorporate sound prevention practices and strategies into their clinical activities; to provide a sufficient background in the principles and procedures of biostatistics and epidemiology to enable them to critically interpret medical research studies and participate potentially as effective collaborators on interdisciplinary research; and to foster an appreciation of the major risk factors for death and disability in our society as well as the clinical interventions known to effectively prevent or reduce the impact of these health problems.
For graduate students, to train the next generation of epidemiologists, biostatisticians and prevention scientists with sound methodologic approaches, interdisciplinary technology, and creative biologically based thinking about disease etiology and prevention; to provide graduate students in our public health degree programs an opportunity to interact with community public health specialists to better assess community needs and opportunities for improving the public health.
For undergraduate students, to instill an appreciation of the role of biology, behavior, culture, social systems, and genetics working interactively to determine health and well being; and to stimulate interest in a career related to medicine, epidemiology, prevention science, biostatistics or public health.