The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) was established as a college within the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) in January 2000. MEZCOPH consists of three divisions with two sections within each division. The divisions and sections are: the Division of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) with the sections of Family and Child Health (FCH) and the section of Health Behavior and Health Promotion (HBHP); the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (BIOSTAT-EPI) with the section of Biostatistics (BIOSTATS) and the section of Epidemiology (EPI); and the Division of Community, Environment and Policy (CEP) with the section of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) and the section of Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM). The divisions are the administrative units within MEZCOPH that oversee the work plans for the faculty, academic professionals (APs) and staff with regard to research and service programs and the sections are the academic units that oversee the degree programs.
MEZCOPH offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community
involvement thanks to a locale rich in history, research opportunities, and university academic resources.
The college ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled
among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools of
Public Health (ASPH-- http://www.asph.org/UserFiles/2008%20Data%20Report.pdf).
In its 10-years of existence, MEZCOPH has gained national and international recognition for research
productivity and integration into communities across Arizona, the Southwest, Mexico and the globe.
MEZCOPH conducts cutting-edge science and research, and has deep community commitments for
improving the public’s health. The faculty, students and alumni are finding new approaches to chronic
disease prevention, community public health preparedness, family wellness and advocacy for public health
policy. The college provides for a dynamic interchange between public health research and community
outreach, translating research findings into community programs and transforming community needs into
basic and applied public health research.
Among the areas addressed by public health research and community-based programs are cancer, diabetes,
heart disease, nutrition, exercise, violence prevention, environmental hazards, media literacy, bioterrorism,
public health preparedness and many others. Through collaborative efforts with county and state health
departments, community residents and leaders, and other health professionals, MEZCOPH strives to be the
premier leader in eradicating health disparities in Arizona and the Southwest.
The mission statement for MEZCOPH exemplifies its values and role as stated below:
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health of
communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through
excellence in education, research & service.
The intended student outcomes for the instructional programs at MEZCOPH are outlined in individual course
learning objectives and program learning objectives and competencies. Specific learning objectives have been
developed for each academic program. All students receive information about the competencies that the program addresses. All students receive a course syllabus at the beginning of each course that includes a description of the course, specific learning objectives for the course and how students are evaluated.
The mission and goals for the education programs in MEZCOPH are centered on health promotion in diverse
populations, decreasing health disparities, advancing knowledge, understanding and application of the
determinants of health for the improvement of the well being of populations, and fostering excellence in public
health service locally and globally. Similarly, the goals of the UA focus on collaboration with people and
organizations of Arizona and beyond to improve the quality of life and to create a dynamic, inclusive
community that excites and engages its members and promotes a sense of belonging.
The instructional goals, objectives, core competencies and learning objectives for the academic programs in
MEZCOPH are developed with community constituencies in mind. It is imperative that all graduates of
MEZCOPH be culturally aware and competent and be able to work with individuals to promote health and well
being in their communities. At the same time, research and scholarly activity for the purpose of advancing an
understanding of the determinants of health is also at the core of the College’s intended student outcomes. This
union of academic activity and community engagement is pervasive throughout the College’s learning
objectives and competencies.