Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


Prevention and Public Health Group (PPHG) is dedicated to improving health and reducing the burden of disease in the world's most vulnerable populations. Our areas of focus include applied public health research, education, and program improvement. The 70+ affiliated faculty and senior staff of the PPHG utilize their expertise and field experience in more than 40 countries to train local professionals, evaluate data to inform policy, conduct research and build capacity.

Directed by Dr. George Rutherford, PPHG is supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, and the World Health Organization. More about PPHG

Global Strategic Information (GSI)

The Global Strategic Information (GSI) group strives to improve the information base for public health planning and decision-making, focusing our efforts on surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation of high-burden infectious disease. We conduct systematic reviews of interventions, and serve as the host of the Cochrane Collaboration’s HIV/AIDS Group.

Faculty Research

PPHG’s multidisciplinary team at UCSF is a leader in disseminating large-scale models for prevention, treatment, and healthcare and public health systems. We provide technical assistance at the national level, and conduct innovative international health research to inform future policy decisions and program models.

Domestic Programs

PPHG works not only in developing countries throughout the world, but also right here in California. PPHG is the home of the joint UCSF-University of California, Berkeley joint Residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and has a long-standing partnership with the California Department of Public Health.