Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in January of 2000 by the Arizona Board of Regents, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. Today, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health remains the only accredited college of public health in the State of Arizona with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix.

The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers a dynamic academic curriculum that includes the undergraduate degree in public health and graduate degrees in Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Family & Child Health, Global Health, Health Behavior & Health Promotion, Health Delivery, Industrial Hygiene, Maternal & Child Health, and Public Health Policy & Management. In its short history, the college has gained national and international recognition for its research productivity and integration into communities across Arizona, the Southwest, Mexico and the globe. The faculty, alumni and students are consistently finding new approaches to solving the most challenging public health issues of the day including chronic disease prevention, clean air and water, mother and child health, and advocacy for public health policy. The college is also nationally known for expanding the definition of public health service in the academic setting through its Service Learning program.

Dean: Iman Hakim, MD, Ph.D., MPH

College Features

The college consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among 50 accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools of Public Health.

In 2010, the college expanded public health academics in Phoenix by offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice.

Total research funding for the college averages more than $12.4 million annually.

The college is home to six centers with a focus on teaching, research and community service: Arizona Public Health Training Center; Arizona Prevention Research Center; Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotion; Center for Rural Health; Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; and the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. 

The college is home to five Interprofessional collaborative centers: Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine); Asthma Clinical Research Center; Global Health Institute; Healthy Aging Lab, and the Western Mining Safety and Health Training Resource Center.

The Center for Rural Health was named Outstanding Rural Health Organization by the National Rural Health Association in 2013.

The college is home to 20 percent of the University of Arizona’s Peace Corps Fellows.

The Arizona Public Health Training Center (AzPHTC) was established in 2010 to provide free training to the public health workforce in the state.

In 2011, The Global Health Institute (GHI) launched the Undergraduate Research Program in collaboration with the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix. The four week biomedical research program is offered during the Summer.

The college is organized into three academic divisions that reflect the nature of research, teaching and practice: Community, Environment and Policy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Promotion Sciences.

College Statistics

Number of Degrees Awarded Since College Was Established 

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.): 514
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.): 893
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): 36
  • Master of Science (M.S.): 39
  • Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.): 7

List of Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.)
    • Environmental & Occupational Health
    • Health Behaviors
    • Health Delivery
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental & Occupational Health
      • Industrial Hygiene
      • Environmental & Occupational Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Family & Child Health
      • Global Health
      • Maternal & Child Health
    • Health Behavior & Health Promotion
    • Public Health Policy & Management
    • Public Health Practice (Phoenix-based program)
    • Dual Degrees: M.D./M.P.H.; J.D./M.P.H.; M.P.H./M.B.A.; Pharm.D./M.P.H.; M.P.H./M.A. in Latin American Studies; M.P.H./M.S. in Mexican American Studies
  • Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental Health Sciences
    • Epidemiology
  • Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)
    • Maternal & Child Health
    • Public Health Policy & Management

Notable Alumni

  • Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Dr. Roberto Cláudio, Mayor of Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Iman Hakim, Dean and Professor, UA Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • Mark Smolinski, Director, Global Health Threats, Skoll Global Threats Fund
  • Retta Ward, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health 
  • Leila Barazza, Deputy Director, The Network for Public Health Law – Western Region
  • Jennie Becenti, Director, Tohono O'odham Nation Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bill Blatt, Director of Tobacco Programs, American Lung Association
  • Darin Evans, Senior Program Officer, The Carter Center
  • Vicki Gaubeca, Director, ACLU New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights
  • Brian McCrary, Commander, Aerospace Medicine Flight (NASA Shuttle)
  • Joe Miller, Department Head of UA Ophthalmology and Vision Science
  • Pamela Powers, Managing Editor of the American Journal of Medicine