Department of Public Health

Welcome to Public Health


Welcome from the Chair


Jason Smith

Associate Professor & Chair


     Welcome to the Department of Public Health! We are looking forward to the new academic year and to welcoming new Public Health students and new community partners! Public Health is a large and vibrant community of students, faculty, and health professionals. We work to improve the health of the people who live in the Bay Area and California through our educational and research mission. 

      Successful Public Health students are enthusiastic, curious, engaged, persistent, and confident. Our curriculum is designed to support the development of these qualities and requires students to work on teams, to learn to solve problems on their own, and to explore fundamental questions of ‘health’. Our program graduates have gone on to graduate school and professional health programs; taken positions at the California Department of Public Health; and worked in their communities on pressing health issues.

      We have worked hard to build a community of faculty who are excellent and effective teachers because they are active in their respective fields of work in Public Health

      I believe that public health and health policy can improve human health at a scale far greater than clinical interventions and bring that perspective and a core set of values rooted in solidarity to my role as Department Chair.

Department of Public Health
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Student and Faculty Services Bldg
  • 5th Floor - Room 502
  • Hayward, CA 94542

Drop-In Zoom Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 10:00-11:00am