Our Mission
To engage in scientific research and educational training on the risk and prevention of disease as well as the promotion of health. The long-term goal is to reduce disease risk, eliminate disparities, and to improve the health of diverse populations by: (a) increasing understanding of the epidemiology, determinants, and consequences of disease; (b) conducting field trials to develop and test evidence-based prevention programs; and (c) disseminating model health promotion and disease prevention programs in national and global settings.

IPR Ambassadors

Eleanor is interested in child obesity prevention, particularly for low-income families. She has a background in philosophy, cognitive science, and social psychology, with a Master’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Health Behavior Research at the Keck School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on the relationships among maternal stress, parenting practices, child diet, and child overweight.

Harleen Marwah is a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Major from Upland, CA. Her passion for social justice has always held an important place in her heart, but really took root during her fellowship year under “Young People for”, a yearlong progressive leadership program. Harleen aspires towards medical school, and plans to use her voice as an M.D. to facilitate communication between the science, business, and policy worlds. At USC, Harleen works at the USC Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Students Taking Action in the Name of Diversity, and is establishing the undergraduate ambassador program for USC’s Keck School of Medicine. In addition to this, she works with V.N.A. Home Health Care -making bereavement calls to families, is a research assistant at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and is assisting in the curriculum development of a PostTraumatic Stress Disorder recovery program for veterans. Harleen finds herself constantly drawing connections between her seemingly polar interests and has come to appreciate the value of interdisciplinary studies. She believes that life is all about connections, from organisms’ common DNA coding patterns to the health behavior model’s applicability to civic engagement. As such, she sees the effective communication between the science, business, and government sectors as not only beneficial, but crucial to the future of public health. Harleen is excited for her third year at USC. She hopes to finish up her bachelor degree requirements over the next two semesters, and begin the Master’s in Global Medicine progressive degree during her senior year.

Hello! My name is Divina Palomares and I am currently pursing my dual degree in Social Work and Public Health (MSW/MPH). After graduating in 2005 from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Sociology, I volunteered for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center; solidifying my interest in social work, patient advocacy, and health promotion.

My interests include issues pertaining to obesity prevention, substance abuse, reproductive health amongst young women and sexual health education. Upon completing my dual degree, my goal is to work in the health sector providing direct interventions to individuals, while assisting with the development of effective health promotion and disease prevention programs. I look forward to my personal, academic and professional growth as graduate student and a life-long Trojan. Fight On!!!

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