A new master’s program in public health will train future practitioners to help reduce the burden of disease and disability in culturally diverse communities in Southern California and around the world. An initial class of 16 students – who met with Chancellor Michael Drake during their orientation (pictured) – will study with a faculty of renowned researchers while pursuing a two-year degree with an emphasis in environmental health, epidemiology, or sociocultural diversity and health. The master’s option is the latest addition to the public health program, which began in 2003 and offers bachelor’s degrees through its Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention.