SMPPH Faculty meet with UC President Dr. Michael Drake

Department of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health


The Department of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health (SMPPH) is the department that administers the Center for Healthy Communities. The chair is Mark Wolfson, Ph.D., who joined the department in 2019 from the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The school plans to offer a master in public health degree beginning in 2024. Read more about the proposed MPH program here.

For all inquiries regarding the SMPPH, please contact Executive Assistant Specialist Grace Nyanzwii or Financial Administrative Officer Doris Lee via email or by phone at (951) 827-0141.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health is to engage in multidisciplinary education, research, service, and scholarship on the intersections of medicine and society with population and public health. This includes a focus on the social injustices and inequalities that contribute to poor health, the inclusion of oftentimes excluded voices, and the identification of solutions to address systemic change.