Why do I like being in Academia?
“I get to pick and choose what I work on, what questions to ask, and what methods to use to try to solve health-related puzzles, that level of creativity is unparalleled in most careers.”
- Brad Pollock, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chair, Public Health Sciences


Develop the next generation of independent, highly successful academic faculty and advance the UC Davis Schools of Health.


Reorient the culture of the institution to support, reward, and enhance quality mentoring in the human health sciences.


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  • Create an environment that values and supports the essential role of mentoring in research and in career progression
  • Establish a comprehensive, innovative mentoring program based on best practices that fosters and advances personal, professional, and institutional growth
  • Develop and implement a reward and recognition system that acknowledges and clarifies expectations for mentoring service and superior mentoring