Public Health

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The School of Public Health offers two professional degrees, the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). The School of Public Health also offers academic degrees in Biostatistics (MA, PhD), Environmental Health Sciences (MS, PhD), Epidemiology (MS, PhD), Health and Medical Sciences (MS), Health Policy (PhD), and Infectious Diseases & Immunity (PhD).

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The program of study leading to the professional MPH degree is based on a series of foundation courses. In addition, MPH students concentrate in one of the following areas: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology (11-month), Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Health and Social Behavior, Health Policy and Management, Global Health and Environment, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Interdisciplinary, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health, and Public Health Nutrition.

The MPH degree is available in a residential program on campus or through an On-Campus/Online MPH program. The hybrid program requires two accelerated on-campus sessions, while all remaining coursework is completed online.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) curriculum is based on a comprehensive body of knowledge in the field of public health and its related disciplines, and the investigation of significant problems in public health practice.

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Admissions

Admission to the University

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of B or better (3.0);
  3. If the applicant has completed a basic degree from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 on a 9-point scale (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and
  4. Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.

Applicants Who Already Hold a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Council views academic degrees not as vocational training certificates, but as evidence of broad training in research methods, independent study, and articulation of learning. Therefore, applicants who already have academic graduate degrees should be able to pursue new subject matter at an advanced level without the need to enroll in a related or similar graduate program.

Programs may consider students for an additional academic master’s or professional master’s degree only if the additional degree is in a distinctly different field.

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program that requires a master’s degree to be earned at Berkeley as a prerequisite (even though the applicant already has a master’s degree from another institution in the same or a closely allied field of study) will be permitted to undertake the second master’s degree, despite the overlap in field.

The Graduate Division will admit students for a second doctoral degree only if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants with doctoral degrees may be admitted for an additional doctoral degree only if that degree program is in a general area of knowledge distinctly different from the field in which they earned their original degree. For example, a physics PhD could be admitted to a doctoral degree program in music or history; however, a student with a doctoral degree in mathematics would not be permitted to add a PhD in statistics.
  2. Applicants who hold the PhD degree may be admitted to a professional doctorate or professional master’s degree program if there is no duplication of training involved.

Applicants may apply only to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.

Required Documents for Applications

  1. Transcripts: Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with your application for the departmental initial review. Unofficial transcripts must contain specific information including the name of the applicant, name of the school, all courses, grades, units, & degree conferral (if applicable). 
  2. Letters of recommendation: Applicants may request online letters of recommendation through the online application system. Hard copies of recommendation letters must be sent directly to the program, by the recommender, not the Graduate Admissions.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency: All applicants who have completed a basic degree from a country or political entity in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This applies to institutions from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and Quebec (Canada). However, applicants who, at the time of application, have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a US university may submit an official transcript from the US university to fulfill this requirement. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement:

    • courses in English as a Second Language,

    • courses conducted in a language other than English,

    • courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and

    • courses of a non-academic nature.

Applicants who have previously applied to Berkeley must also submit new test scores that meet the current minimum requirement from one of the standardized tests. Official TOEFL score reports must be sent directly from Educational Test Services (ETS). The institution code for Berkeley is 4833 for Graduate Organizations. Official IELTS score reports must be sent electronically from the testing center to University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Division, Sproul Hall, Rm 318 MC 5900, Berkeley, CA 94720. TOEFL and IELTS score reports are only valid for two years prior to beginning the graduate program at UC Berkeley. Note: score reports can not expire before the month of June.

 

Where to Apply

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page

Doctoral Degree Requirements (DrPH)

Curriculum

Effective: Fall 2019

Courses Required
Core courses in required subject areas below per approved lists:
Research or Professional Residency (1)
Field Study in Public Health [1]
Doctoral Seminar [1-4] (Required in 1, 2, and 3 years)
Foundations (1)*
Foundations of Public Health Practice [1]
Leadership (1)
Health Issues Seminars [1-4]
Public Health Ethics (1)
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status [4]
Current issues in Public Health Ethics: Research and Practice [3]
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status [4]
Research Design & Methods (2)
Community-Based Participatory Research in Public Health [3-4]
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status [4]
Research Design & Methods (2)
Community-Based Participatory Research in Public Health [3-4]
Health Issues Seminars [1-4]
Program Planning (1)
Program Planning and Needs Assessment [4]
Pedagogy (1)
School of Public Health Schoolwide Pedagogy Course [2]
These courses are all electives. They are suggested academic paths of student areas of interest:
Health Politics & Policy Analysis
Behavioral Modeling for Engineering, Planning, and Policy Analysis [3]
Healthy Cities [3]
Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Community Development [3]
Health Policy Advocacy [3]
Global Health Policy [3]
Health Policy Methods [3]
Health Economics A [3]
Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs [3]
Economics of Population Health [3]
Health Policy Decision-Making [3]
Health Policy and Management Breadth Course [2]
Health Policy and Management Breadth Course [3]
Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science [3]
Public Health Interventions
Community Development Studio/Workshop [4]
Public Health Interventions: Theory, Practice, and Research [2,3]
PB HLTH 243
Course Not Available
Community-Based Research and Interventions to Promote Health: Theory and Methods [3]
Intervention Trial Design [3]
Ethical Challenges in Public Health Interventions: Catastrophic and Routine [2]
Mental Health and Psychopathology [3]
Environmental Health Sciences
Health Risk Assessment [3]
Environmental Health and Development [4]
Human Health and the Environment in a Changing World [3]
Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course [2]
Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course [2]
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology [3]
Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease [3]
Geographic Information Science for Public and Environmental Health [4]
Case Studies in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology [2]
Global Health Sciences
Research Advances in Health Disparities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives [1-3]
International Maternal and Child Health [2]
Family Planning, Population Change, and Health [3]
Outbreak Investigation [2]
Infectious Disease Research in Developing Countries [2]
International Maternal and Child Health [2]
Foundations of Global Health [3]
Global Health Ethics [3]
Global Health Policy [3]
Global Health Economics [3]
Cancer Epidemiology [3]
*

Students with a master’s or a higher degree outside the field of public health will be required to enroll in this course.

Effective: Fall 2017

Courses Required
Core courses in required subject areas below per approved lists:
Management (1)
Leadership (1)
Public Health Ethics (1)
Research Design & Methods (2)
A minimum of 1 breadth course in 2 of the below subject areas per approved lists:
Health Politics & Policy Analysis
Public Health Interventions
Environmental Health Sciences
Global Health Sciences
PB HLTH 293Doctoral Seminar (required in 1, 2, and 3 years)1-4

Master's Degree Requirements (MPH)

Available MPH Concentrations

 
 

Curriculum

Required Core Courses for all MPH Concentrations
PB HLTH 142Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health4
PB HLTH 200JHealth Policy and Management Breadth Course 12
PB HLTH 200KEnvironmental Health Sciences Breadth Course 22
PB HLTH 200LHealth and Social Behavior Breadth2
PB HLTH 250AEpidemiologic Methods I3
PB HLTH 291APreparation for Public Health Practice 32
PB HLTH 297Field Study in Public Health1-12
1

Not required for HPM students.

2

Not a requirement for Environmental Health Science and Global Health and Environment MPH students.

3

All of our MPH are expected to fulfill this requirement through PB HLTH 291A (PB HLTH W289, PB HLTH 224A, or PB HLTH 223C) or an equivalent. Note: DrPH students fulfill their leadership requirements through PB HLTH 290: Foundations of Public Health Leadership and Practice.

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration (2 year program)
Courses Required for Concentration
Select at least one of the two options below for an essential methods course:
PB HLTH 241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
EHS Core Courses:
PB HLTH 270AExposure Assessment and Control3
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (students must take three EHS Masters Seminars during their time in the program)1-3
NUSCTX 110Toxicology4
PB HLTH 271EScience and Policy for Environment and Health3
PB HLTH 270Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences3
PB HLTH 220CHealth Risk Assessment3
Select one of the following Environmental Health Sciences Electives:
PB HLTH 254Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3
PB HLTH C256Human Genome, Environment and Public Health4
PB HLTH 273Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease3
PB HLTH 270CPractical Toxicology2
PB HLTH W272AIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3
PB HLTH W272CApplied Spatial Data Science for Public Health3
Epidemiology/Biostatistics Concentration
Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 142Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (Students with a recent course in upper division statistics can opt out of this and take PBHLTH 245.)4
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
PB HLTH 250AEpidemiologic Methods I (Students with a recent upper division course in epidemiologic methods can start with PBHLTH 250B instead)3
PB HLTH 252Epidemiological Analysis3
PB HLTH 241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
or PB HLTH W241 (ONLINE) Course Not Available
PB HLTH 250BEpidemiologic Methods II4
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (Required 1st, 3rd and 4th semesters, students must take three EHS Masters Seminars during their time in the program))1-4
PB HLTH 271KIntroduction to Data Management and Programming in SAS for Public Health2
Electives from approved list
Global Health & Environment Concentration
Courses Required for Concentration
Select at least one of the two options below for an essential methods course:4
PB HLTH 241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
EHS Core Courses:
PB HLTH 270Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences3
PB HLTH 270AExposure Assessment and Control3
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (students must take three EHS Masters Seminars during their time in the program)1-3
Select three of the following Global Health and Environment Electives:
NUSCTX 110Toxicology4
PB HLTH 220CHealth Risk Assessment3
PB HLTH 271EScience and Policy for Environment and Health3
PB HLTH 271GHealth Implications of Climate Change3
PB HLTH 271CDrinking Water and Health3
PB HLTH 273Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease3
PB HLTH 290Health Issues Seminars (eligible seminars include Air Pollution, Climate and Health, or Global Occupational Health and Safety)1-4
PB HLTH W272AIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3
PB HLTH W272CApplied Spatial Data Science for Public Health3
Health & Social Behavior Concentration
Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (Health & Social Behavior Seminar)1-4
PB HLTH 203ATheories of Health and Social Behavior3
PB HLTH 205Program Planning and Needs Assessment4
PB HLTH 218BEvaluation of Health and Social Programs4
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (Health & Social Behavior capstone course)1-4
Select a research method option from a list provided by the department. A few options include:3-4
Community-Based Participatory Research in Public Health [3-4]
Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research [3]
Select at least one course with a focus on Health, Race, and Social Equity. Minimum 3 units required. A few options include:
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status [4]
Research Advances in Health Disparities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives [1-3]
Health Issues Seminars [1-4]
Select at least two courses for a minimum of 6 units from an approved list provided by the department.
Health Policy & Management Concentration (2 year program)
Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 220Health Policy Decision-Making3
or PB HLTH 220D Health Policy Advocacy
or PB HLTH 220E Global Health Policy
or PB HLTH 222A Biomedical Innovation Policy
or PB HLTH 271E Science and Policy for Environment and Health
or PB HLTH W220M Health Policy Methods
PB HLTH 223CStrategic Management and the Health Sector3
or PB HLTH 224A Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care
PB HLTH 226A
PB HLTH W226F
Health Economics A
and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
3-4
or PB HLTH 226C Economics of Population Health
PB HLTH 227AHealth Care Finance3
PB HLTH 231AAnalytic Methods for Health Policy and Management3
PB HLTH 223DFoundations of Health Policy and Management2
PB HLTH 223ECapstone Seminar in Health Policy and Management2
Additional courses from approved list
Health Policy & Management Concentration (11 month program)
Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 220Health Policy Decision-Making3
or PB HLTH 220D Health Policy Advocacy
or PB HLTH 220E Global Health Policy
or PB HLTH 222A Biomedical Innovation Policy
or PB HLTH 271E Science and Policy for Environment and Health
or PB HLTH W220M Health Policy Methods
PB HLTH 223CStrategic Management and the Health Sector3
or PB HLTH 224A Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care
PB HLTH 299Independent Research (in lieu of practicum)3-4
PB HLTH 226A
PB HLTH W226F
Health Economics A
and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
3-4
or PB HLTH 226C Economics of Population Health
PB HLTH 227AHealth Care Finance3
PB HLTH 231AAnalytic Methods for Health Policy and Management3
or PB HLTH 235 Impact Evaluation for Health Professionals
PB HLTH 223DFoundations of Health Policy and Management2
PB HLTH 223ECapstone Seminar in Health Policy and Management2
Additional courses from approved list
Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology Concentration
Core Requirements
PB HLTH 260APrinciples of Infectious Diseases4
PB HLTH 263Public Health Immunology3
PB HLTH 264Capstone Seminar in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology 12
PB HLTH 266CHospital Associated Infections 22
Surveillance and Epidemiology Requirement (choose at least one of the following) 3
PB HLTH 253BEpidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases3
or PB HLTH 260E Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
or PB HLTH 266B Zoonotic Diseases
IDV Advanced Courses-Electives (Choose at least two of the following)
PB HLTH 262Molecular and Cellular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenesis3
PB HLTH 265Molecular Parasitology3
PB HLTH 266BZoonotic Diseases2
PB HLTH 260EMolecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases2
PB HLTH 260FInfectious Disease Research in Developing Countries2
PB HLTH 236U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Drug Development, and Public Health 22
PB HLTH 290Health Issues Seminars1-4
1

Effective Fall 2022: Name Change to Capstone Seminar in Infectious Diseases

2

Substitution by another School of Public Health seminar related to Infectious Diseases may be acceptable as IDV Division Seminar.

3

If the particular PB HLTH courses listed above have used to fulfill one requirement, the same course cannot be used to fulfill other IDV program and Advanced course requirement

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCENTRATION
REQUIRED CORE COURSES FOR 1-YEAR IPMPH MPH TRACK
PB HLTH 290Health Issues Seminars1-4
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (Interdisciplinary Seminar) (summer, fall, spring)1-4
Electives from approved list in Interdisciplinary Handbook: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/academics/interdisciplinary/interdisciplinary-mph/
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Concentration (2 year program)
Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 210Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science3
PB HLTH 210EPracticum in MCH Data Analysis I3
PB HLTH 210FPracticum In MCH Data Analysis II3
PB HLTH 210JMaternal, Child & Adolescent Health Journal Club2
PB HLTH 210KFoundations of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Leadership2
PB HLTH 299Independent Research1-12
Select one of the following:
PB HLTH 205Program Planning and Needs Assessment4
PB HLTH 218BEvaluation of Health and Social Programs4
Select one of the following:
PB HLTH 241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
PB HLTH C242CLongitudinal Data Analysis4
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
Optional electives:
PB HLTH 207APublic Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition2-3
PB HLTH 210BAdolescent Health3
PB HLTH 210DReproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology2
PB HLTH 212AInternational Maternal and Child Health2
PB HLTH 213AFamily Planning, Population Change, and Health3
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Concentration (11 month program)
Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 210Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science3
PB HLTH 210EPracticum in MCH Data Analysis I3
PB HLTH 210FPracticum In MCH Data Analysis II3
PB HLTH 210JMaternal, Child & Adolescent Health Journal Club2
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
PB HLTH 205Program Planning and Needs Assessment4
PB HLTH 299Independent Research5
Optional electives:
PB HLTH 207APublic Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition2-3
PB HLTH 210BAdolescent Health3
PB HLTH 210DReproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology2
PB HLTH 212AInternational Maternal and Child Health2
PB HLTH 213AFamily Planning, Population Change, and Health3
Public Health Nutrition Concentration (2 YEAR PROGRAM)
PB HLTH 206PH Nutrition Core Course: Critical Issues in Public Health Nutrition2
Choose at least ONE Human Nutrition Course
PB HLTH 206CNutritional Epidemiology3
PB HLTH 207APublic Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition2-3
PB HLTH 266AFoodborne diseases3
NUSCTX 260Metabolic Bases of Human Health and Diseases Graduate Level4
Choose at least ONE Food/Nutrition Policy Course
PB HLTH 206BFood and Nutrition Policies and Programs3
PB HLTH 206DFood and Nutrition Programs and Policies in Developing Countries3
A,RESEC 241Economics and Policy of Production, Technology and Risk in Agricultural and Natural Resources3
LAW 220Course Not Available
LAW 224.23Course Not Available (Public Health Law)2
PUB POL 290Special Topics in Public Policy (The Fight for Food Justice, Fall semester)3-4
Choose at least ONE Food Systems Course
PB HLTH 207Transforming the Food System: From Agroecology to Population Health3
ESPM 230Sociology of Agriculture4
ESPM 261Sustainability and Society3
MBA 292NCourse Not Available (Food Innovation Studio, Fall semester)1,3
or PB HLTH 209B Plant Futures Challenge Lab
PB HLTH 209AIntroduction to Plant-Centric Food Systems (Plant Futures Symposium & Plant Futures Challenge Lab)1
or PB HLTH 209B Plant Futures Challenge Lab
Choose one focus area – A) Program Planning OR B) Nutrition Epidemiology
Program Planning: PBHLTH 205 Program Planning, 4 Units AND choose 2 from below:
PB HLTH 218BEvaluation of Health and Social Programs4
PB HLTH 219EIntroduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research3
PB HLTH W219Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods3
B) Nutrition Epidemiology: PBHLTH 206C Nutritional Epidemiology, 3 units AND choose 2 from below:
PB HLTH 241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
PB HLTH 250BEpidemiologic Methods II4
Choose ONE course, taken in your final year, for your Integrative Learning Experience:
PB HLTH 204AMass Communications in Public Health3
PB HLTH 206BFood and Nutrition Policies and Programs3
PB HLTH 206CNutritional Epidemiology3
PB HLTH 206DFood and Nutrition Programs and Policies in Developing Countries (Odd years, Fall semester)3
PB HLTH 207Transforming the Food System: From Agroecology to Population Health3
PB HLTH 207APublic Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition3
PB HLTH 218BEvaluation of Health and Social Programs4
PB HLTH 219EIntroduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research3
PB HLTH 220DHealth Policy Advocacy3
PB HLTH 245Introduction to Multivariate Statistics4
PB HLTH C233/CY PLAN C256Healthy Cities3
Other courses by approval. Please meet with a faculty advisor if you wish to request a course not listed above.

Master's Degree Requirements (Online MPH)

The On-Campus/Online MPH program requires two accelerated on-campus sessions, while all remaining coursework is completed online during two summers.

Public Health Core Curriculum

Courses Required for all Concentrations
PB HLTH W142Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health4
PB HLTH W200EHealth Policy and Management Breadth Course3
PB HLTH W200FEnvironmental Health Sciences Breadth Course2
PB HLTH W200GHealth and Social Behavior Breadth3
PB HLTH W250Epidemiologic Methods I3
PB HLTH W289Interdisciplinary Health Seminar3
Interdisciplinary Courses (8 courses required)

Health Policy and Management Concentration

Courses Required
PB HLTH W220MHealth Policy Methods3
or PB HLTH W222A Biomedical Innovation Policy
PB HLTH W227AHealth Care Finance3
PB HLTH W223Strategy in Health Care Organizations3
PB HLTH W224Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care3
PB HLTH W226AHealth Economics3
or PB HLTH W226C Economics of Population Health
Elective options (3 courses)
Select from OOMPH course catalog: https://onlinemph.berkeley.edu/academic-planning/online-curriculum

Epidemiology/Biostatistics Concentration

Courses Required
PB HLTH W241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
PB HLTH W250BEpidemiologic Methods II4
Choose at least ONE Competency in Data Management
PB HLTH W251R for Public Health2
or PB HLTH 271K Introduction to Data Management and Programming in SAS for Public Health
Additional Courses in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (select at least 5 units)
PB HLTH 252Epidemiological Analysis4
PB HLTH W219Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods3
PB HLTH W272CApplied Spatial Data Science for Public Health3
PB HLTH 252CIntervention Trial Design2
PB HLTH W253Outbreak Investigations3
PB HLTH W225AIntroduction to Applied Implementation Science1
PB HLTH W225BImplementation Science Case Studies in Low and Middle Income Countries1
PB HLTH W268Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) for Health and Development3
Elective options (2-3 courses)
Select from OOMPH MPH course catalog: https://onlinemph.berkeley.edu/academic-planning/online-curriculum

Public Health Nutrition Concentration 

Courses Required
PB HLTH W205Program Planning and Development3
PB HLTH W206Maternal and Child Health Nutrition3
PB HLTH W206ANutrition Assessment3
PB HLTH 206BFood and Nutrition Policies and Programs3
PB HLTH W218Evaluation of Health and Social Programs3
Elective options (3 courses)
Select from OOMPH course catalog: https://onlinemph.berkeley.edu/academic-planning/online-curriculum

Concurrent Degree Requirements (MPH-MBA, MPH-MCP, MPH-MJ, MPH-MPP, MPH-MSW)

Concurrent Degree Programs

Required Course for All MPH Degrees

PB HLTH 142Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health 14
PB HLTH 200JHealth Policy and Management Breadth Course 22
PB HLTH 200KEnvironmental Health Sciences Breadth Course2
PB HLTH 200LHealth and Social Behavior Breadth2
PB HLTH 250AEpidemiologic Methods I3
PB HLTH 297Field Study in Public Health1-12
1

Not required for MPP/MPH & MBA/MPH CDPs.

2

Not required for any HPM MPH including MPP/MPH & MBA/MPH.

Concurrent Degree Requirements

Health & Social Behavior (MPH-MCP)

This concurrent degree program is designed to examine research, practice, and policy at the intersection of urban planning, policy and design with population health. Special attention is given to understanding the forces that are shaping urbanization in the US and globally, what methods are necessary to analyze the relationships between urban policy and planning and human health, and to design and analyze interventions, frequently in partnership with community members and organizations, that can enhance urban health equity. The program prepares students for interdisciplinary careers in such fields as urban development, community health, housing, transportation, policymaking, and others. Graduates secure jobs working in government, international organizations, non-profits, academia/research and the private sector.

Candidates for this program are recruited and admitted through both the School of Public Health and the Department of City and Regional Planning. Students complete the core curriculum of each area, as well as the Health & Social Behavior track within MPH and an area of concentration in MCP. Visit the City and Regional Planning website for more information.

Public Health and Journalism (MPH-MJ)

The three-year MPH/MJ allows students to combine their interests in public health, journalism, communications and media. The program is designed to produce public health professionals who are effective media practitioners and communicators as well as journalists with the training and knowledge necessary to cover public health and medical issues for online, print, broadcast and other media platforms.

Students select one of four public health concentrations (environmental health, infectious diseases, epidemiology/biostatistics, health and social behavior) and simultaneously develop their reporting and multimedia skills. The program explores how public health and journalism intersect and impact each other and prepares graduates for work in a variety of public health, media and journalism. Visit the Berkeley Journalism website for more information

Health Policy & Management (MPH-MBA)

The MBA/MPH program provides a deep competency in business administration, integrated with up-to-the-minute knowledge of health policy and management and other health care concepts. Students in this program pursue a wide range of interests including global health, entrepreneurship/start-ups, biotech/medtech, provider and payer initiatives, and social impact. This track allows students to have an extended period at Berkeley to take more electives, develop business and leadership skills in a range of applied health care settings, and have two distinct full-time summer internships.

This is a 2.5-year concurrent degree program, offered in a long-standing partnership between Berkeley Public Health and the Haas School of Business. It has been in existence for more than 35 years, so it has a large community of alumni and provides students access to the top-notch career services and faculty mentors from both Schools. Visit the Haas School of Business webpage for the MBA requirements.

Courses Required for MPH Concentration
PB HLTH 220Health Policy Decision-Making3
or PB HLTH 220D Health Policy Advocacy
or PB HLTH 220E Global Health Policy
or PB HLTH 222A Biomedical Innovation Policy
or PB HLTH 271E Science and Policy for Environment and Health
or PB HLTH W220M Health Policy Methods
PB HLTH 223CStrategic Management and the Health Sector3
or PB HLTH 224A Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care
PB HLTH 223ECapstone Seminar in Health Policy and Management2
PB HLTH 226AHealth Economics A3
or PB HLTH 226C Economics of Population Health
Courses Required for MBA Concentration
MBA 297AHealthcare in the 21st Century3
Additional courses from approved list
Health Policy & Management (MPH-MPp)

From the ACA to the FDA, to issues of equity and access, the health policy realm is highly visible and complex. It is for students who want to master the analytical skills that support policy analysis and decision-making, as well as gain a deeper understanding of key healthcare issues. Visit the Goldman School of Public Policy webpage for the MPP requirements.

MPH Courses Required for Concentration
PB HLTH 220Health Policy Decision-Making3
or PB HLTH 220D Health Policy Advocacy
or PB HLTH 220E Global Health Policy
or PB HLTH 222A Biomedical Innovation Policy
or PB HLTH 271E Science and Policy for Environment and Health
or PB HLTH W220M Health Policy Methods
PB HLTH 223DFoundations of Health Policy and Management2
PB HLTH 226AHealth Economics A3
or PB HLTH 226C Economics of Population Health
PB HLTH 227AHealth Care Finance3

MPH-MSW Options

Berkeley Public Health and the School of Social Welfare offer two options that offer interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social welfare and public health leading to the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees, generally in less time than it would take to obtain these degrees independently.

Health & Social Behavior (MPH-MSW)
Courses Required for MPH Concentration
PB HLTH 203ATheories of Health and Social Behavior3
PB HLTH 205Program Planning and Needs Assessment4
PB HLTH 218BEvaluation of Health and Social Programs4
PB HLTH 292Seminars for M.P.H. Students (Health & Social Behavior Seminar)1-4
Select a research method option from a list provided by the department. A few options include:3-4
PB HLTH 219CCommunity-Based Participatory Research in Public Health3-4
PB HLTH 219DSocial and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods3
PB HLTH 219EIntroduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research3
PB HLTH 241Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health4
Select at least one course with a focus on Health, Race, and Social Equity. For example:
PB HLTH C202BEthnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status4
PB HLTH 204GResearch Advances in Health Disparities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives1-3
Courses Required for MSW Concentration
SOC WEL 200Theories for Multilevel Practice2
SOC WEL 220Introduction to Social Welfare Policy2
SOC WEL 240Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work2
SOC WEL 241Foundations of Multilevel Practice3
SOC WEL 275Anti-Oppressive Social Work2
SOC WEL 290AFOUNDATION FIELD INTEGRATION SEMINAR2
SOC WEL 290BFoundation Field Integration Seminar II1
SOC WEL 410AFoundation Field Practicum4
SOC WEL 292AAdvanced Field Integration Seminar1
SOC WEL 292BAdvanced Field Integration Seminar II1
SOC WEL 410BFoundation Field Practicum4
SOC WEL 412AAdvanced Field Practicum6
SOC WEL 412BAdvanced Field Practicum6
For Advancing Adult Health and Well Being students:
Psychosocial Problems and Psychopathology [2]
Aging Processes
Health Policy--A Social Welfare Perspective [2]
Direct Practice in Community Behavioral Health and Recovery Services across the Adult Life Span [2]
Direct Practice in Health Settings across the Adult Life Span
For Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families students
Infant Development [2]
Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in Its Social Context
Social Policy: Children and Families [2]
Direct Practice in Child and Family Settings [2]
For Strengthening Organizations and Communities students:
Group, Organizational, and Community Dynamics [2]
Program Development [2]
Program Implementation [2]
Additional courses from approved list
Maternal, Child, & adolescent Health (MPH-MSW)
Courses Required for MPH Concentration
PB HLTH 210Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science3
PB HLTH 210EPracticum in MCH Data Analysis I3
PB HLTH 210FPracticum In MCH Data Analysis II1-4
PB HLTH 210JMaternal, Child & Adolescent Health Journal Club2
PB HLTH 210KFoundations of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Leadership2
PB HLTH 299Independent Research1-12
Select one of the following:
Program Planning and Needs Assessment [4]
Evaluation of Health and Social Programs [4]
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health [4]
Introduction to Multivariate Statistics [4]
Courses Required for MSW Concentration
SOC WEL 200Theories for Multilevel Practice2
SOC WEL 220Introduction to Social Welfare Policy2
SOC WEL 240Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work2
SOC WEL 241Foundations of Multilevel Practice3
SOC WEL 275Anti-Oppressive Social Work2
SOC WEL 290AFOUNDATION FIELD INTEGRATION SEMINAR2
SOC WEL 290BFoundation Field Integration Seminar II1
SOC WEL 292AAdvanced Field Integration Seminar1
SOC WEL 292BAdvanced Field Integration Seminar II1
SOC WEL 410AFoundation Field Practicum4
SOC WEL 410BFoundation Field Practicum4
SOC WEL 412AAdvanced Field Practicum6
SOC WEL 412BAdvanced Field Practicum6
For Advancing Adult Health and Well Being students:
Psychosocial Problems and Psychopathology [2]
Aging Processes [2]
Health Policy--A Social Welfare Perspective [2]
Direct Practice in Community Behavioral Health and Recovery Services across the Adult Life Span [2]
Direct Practice in Health Settings across the Adult Life Span
For Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families students:
Infant Development [2]
Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in Its Social Context [2]
Social Policy: Children and Families [2]
Direct Practice in Child and Family Settings [2]
For Strengthening Organizations and Communities students:
Group, Organizational, and Community Dynamics [2]
Program Development [2]
Program Implementation [2]
Additional courses from approved list

Faculty and Instructors

For more information on the Berkeley Public Health Faculty, please visit the Faculty Directory website.

Courses

Public Health

Contact Information

School of Public Health

2210 Berkeley Way West

Phone: 510-643-0881

sphadmit@berkeley.edu

Visit School Website

School Dean

Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH

Assistant Dean for Students

Quin Hussey, MPH

whussey@berkeley.edu

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