About the Program
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The School of Public Health offers an undergraduate major through the College of Letters & Science. The goal of the major is to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health behavior, and health policy. These areas of emphasis range across the spectrum of natural science to social science. Students in the program will develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and cultural perspectives that abound in a multicultural country and world.
Declaring the Major
Although the major remains capped (impacted), the department encourages all qualified students to apply. To qualify, students must have completed the prerequisites in math, biology, and the social sciences. For further information regarding these prerequisites, please see the Major Requirements tab on this page.
Students should apply to the Public Health major after completion of the lower division requirements. Non-transfer students must apply to the major by the end of their fifth semester in attendance at UC Berkeley. Transfer students must apply by the end of their first semester in attendance at UC Berkeley.
After completing the prerequisites, students should submit an application, which includes the following:
- A review of an applicant's academic preparation (Coursework and GPA)
- Two essays (Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement)
- Resume or CV
For more information, please see the School of Public Health website.
While completing the prerequisites for Public Health, students should also take the necessary steps to prepare themselves to declare an alternate major. While the department will do its best to bring in all qualified students, there is no guarantee that any one particular student will be admitted into the major. Therefore, students interested in the Public Health major should prepare an alternate major in case they are not admitted into the major. Public health demands everyone's attention — there are myriad undergraduate majors at UC Berkeley that will help students prepare to work in this field. All students interested in the major, or the field of public health in general, are encouraged to consult with an academic adviser.
Summer Minor or Certificate Program
Public health seeks to improve human health through the development and application of knowledge that prevents disease, protects the public from harm, and promotes health throughout the state, the nation, and the world. Under the global public health summer minor or certificate, students will develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and many cultural perspectives in our multicultural country and world. The summer minor or certificate can serve as a precursor to further study in public health, other health professions, or any fields in which the health of persons and populations is a relevant concern. The summer minor can augment and enhance many different undergraduate bachelor degree programs and prepare students for professional and academic careers. In addition, public health is of interest for its own sake, as a component of a rigorous liberal arts education. Please note: the Summer Minor is only available to Berkeley students, and the Summer Certificate is only available to non-Berkeley students.
In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill requirements specific to their major program.
- All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
- No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.
Lower Division Prerequisites
All prerequisite courses must be completed before declaring the major with a minimum grade of C- or above.
The undergraduate Public Health program accepts Advanced Placement (AP) units for the Social Sciences and Math Prerequisites. AP scores of 3, 4, or 5 are acceptable for the following courses:
- Psychology for PSYCH 1 or PSYCH 2
- Economics (both micro and macro) for ECON 1, 2, or 3
- Government for POL SCI 2 or 4
- A minimum score of a 3 on the Math AB or BC exam is equivalent to MATH 1A.
- A score of 5 on the BC Math is equivalent to MATH 1A and 1B
If students have taken both an AP exam and the equivalent college-level course, we will only take the grade from the college-level course into consideration for admissions purposes. For AP Government, students may take either POL SCI 2 or 4 in combination with their AP score.
|Select 7 units from the following:|
|BIOLOGY 1A||General Biology Lecture||3|
|BIOLOGY 1B||General Biology Lecture and Laboratory||4|
|MCELLBI 32||Introduction to Human Physiology||3|
|MCELLBI 50||The Immune System and Disease||4|
|MCELLBI 55||Plagues and Pandemics||3|
|MCELLBI/PSYCH C61||Brain, Mind, and Behavior||3|
|NUSCTX 10||Introduction to Human Nutrition||3|
|Select two of the following, or their equivalents:|
|MATH 10A||Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics||4|
|MATH 10B||Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics||4|
|MATH 16A||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||3|
|MATH 16B||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||3|
|MATH 32||Precalculus (Only if completed Fall 2016 or earlier)||4|
|Select three courses from at least two of the following areas:|
|ANTHRO 3||Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology||4|
|or ANTHRO 3AC||Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology (American Cultures)|
|ECON 1||Introduction to Economics||4|
|or ECON 2||Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format|
|or ECON C3||Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy|
|POL SCI 2||Introduction to Comparative Politics||4|
|POL SCI 4||Introduction to Political Theory||4|
|PSYCH 1||General Psychology||3|
|or PSYCH 2||Principles of Psychology|
|SOCIOL 1||Introduction to Sociology||4|
|or SOCIOL 3AC||Principles of Sociology: American Cultures|
|SOCIOL 5||Evaluation of Evidence||4|
Lower Division Requirements
|STAT C8/COMPSCI C8/INFO C8||Foundations of Data Science||4|
Upper Division Requirements
|PB HLTH 142||Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health 1||4|
|PB HLTH 150A||Introduction to Epidemiology and Human Disease||4|
|PB HLTH 150B||Human Health and the Environment in a Changing World||3|
|PB HLTH 150D||Introduction to Health Policy and Management||3|
|PB HLTH 150E||Introduction to Community Health and Human Development||3|
|PB HLTH 130||Advanced Health Policy||3|
|PB HLTH 170C||Drinking Water and Health||3|
|PB HLTH 196||Special Topics in Public Health Senior Research Seminar OR Preparation for Public Health Practice Seminar||3|
|PB HLTH H195A|
& PB HLTH H195B
|Special Study for Honors Candidates in Public Health|
and Course Not Available
|PB HLTH 207A||Public Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition||3|
|PB HLTH 252C||Intervention Trial Design||3|
|PB HLTH 253B||Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases||3|
|PB HLTH 256||Human Genome, Environment and Public Health||4|
|10 Units of Electives|
|Courses may be selected from the list below. It is not required for students to choose a specific subject concentration. Any PB HLTH courses (excluding the DeCal, group study, and independent research courses) can also meet elective requirements. Graduate courses at the School of Public Health can also count towards elective units.|
|COMPSCI/STAT C100||Principles & Techniques of Data Science||4|
|DEMOG 110||Introduction to Population Analysis||3|
|MATH 53||Multivariable Calculus||4|
|MATH 54||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations||4|
|PB HLTH 145||Statistical Analysis of Continuous Outcome Data||4|
|STAT 133||Concepts in Computing with Data||3|
|STAT 134||Concepts of Probability||4|
|STAT 135||Concepts of Statistics||4|
|STAT 150||Stochastic Processes||3|
|STAT 151A||Linear Modelling: Theory and Applications||4|
|STAT 153||Introduction to Time Series||4|
|CHEM 135||Chemical Biology||3|
|ESPM C138/MCELLBI C114/PLANTBI C114||Introduction to Comparative Virology||4|
|INTEGBI 114||Infectious Disease Dynamics||4|
|INTEGBI 116L||Medical Parasitology||4|
|INTEGBI 131||General Human Anatomy||3|
|INTEGBI 132||Survey of Human Physiology||4|
|INTEGBI 137||Human Endocrinology||4|
|INTEGBI 139||The Neurobiology of Stress||4|
|INTEGBI 141||Human Genetics||3|
|MCELLBI C100A/CHEM C130||Biophysical Chemistry: Physical Principles and the Molecules of Life||4|
|MCELLBI 102||Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||4|
|MCELLBI C114||Introduction to Comparative Virology||4|
|MCELLBI 130||Cell and Systems Biology||4|
|MCELLBI 140||General Genetics||4|
|MCELLBI 150||Molecular Immunology||4|
|MCELLBI 160||Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology||4|
|PLANTBI C110L||Biology of Fungi with Laboratory||4|
|PB HLTH 162A||Public Health Microbiology||3|
|DEMOG 110||Introduction to Population Analysis||3|
|DEMOG/SOCIOL C126||Sex, Death, and Data||4|
|GEOG 130||Food and the Environment||4|
|INTEGBI 131||General Human Anatomy||3|
|INTEGBI 132||Survey of Human Physiology||4|
|INTEGBI 140||Biology of Human Reproduction||4|
|MCELLBI 140||General Genetics||4|
|PB HLTH 112||Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Examination||4|
|Environmental Health Sciences|
|CIV ENG 111||Environmental Engineering||3|
|CIV ENG 113||Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement||3|
|CIV ENG 114||Environmental Microbiology||3|
|ECON/ENVECON C102||Natural Resource Economics||4|
|ECON C171/ENVECON C151||Development Economics||4|
|ECON/ENVECON C181||International Trade||4|
|ENE,RES C100/PUB POL C184||Energy and Society||4|
|ENE,RES 102||Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems||4|
|ENVECON 131||Globalization and the Natural Environment||3|
|ENVECON 152||Advanced Topics in Development and International Trade||3|
|ENVECON 153||Population, Environment, and Development||3|
|ENVECON 161||Advanced Topics in Environmental and Resource Economics||4|
|ESPM 162A||Health, Medicine, Society and Environment||4|
|ESPM 163AC||Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment||4|
|ESPM 168||Political Ecology||4|
|ESPM 169||International Environmental Politics||4|
|GEOG 123/DEV STD 150||Postcolonial Geographies||4|
|GEOG 130||Food and the Environment||4|
|GEOG 138||Global Environmental Politics||4|
|GEOG 187||Geographic Information Analysis||4|
|GEOG/LD ARCH C188||Geographic Information Systems||4|
|HISTORY 120AC||American Environmental and Cultural History||4|
|INTEGBI 117||Medical Ethnobotany||2|
|IAS/ENVECON C175||The Economics of Climate Change||4|
|ISF 100D||Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture||4|
|ISF 100G||Introduction to Science, Society, and Ethics||4|
|NUSCTX 20||Personal Food Security and Wellness||2|
|NUSCTX 160||Metabolic Bases of Human Health and Diseases||4|
|PB HLTH C160/ESPM C167||Environmental Health and Development||4|
|SOCIOL 121||Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context||4|
|SOCIOL 166||Society and Technology||4|
|ENVECON C151/ECON C171||Development Economics||4|
|ENVECON/ECON C181||International Trade||4|
|ESPM C167||Environmental Health and Development||4|
|Health Policy & Management|
|CY PLAN 120||Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability||3|
|DEMOG/SOCIOL C126||Sex, Death, and Data||4|
|ECON 157||Health Economics||4|
|ESPM 102D||Climate and Energy Policy||4|
|ENVECON C176||Climate Change Economics||4|
|LEGALST 103||Theories of Law and Society||4|
|LEGALST 107||Theories of Justice||4|
|LEGALST 168||Sex, Reproduction and the Law||4|
|MEDIAST 102||Course Not Available||4|
|PB HLTH 116||Seminar on Social, Political, and Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine||3|
|PB HLTH 126||Health Economics and Public Policy||3|
|PB HLTH 181||Poverty and Population||3|
|POL SCI 103||Congress||4|
|POL SCI 150||The American Legal System||4|
|POL SCI 171||California Politics||4|
|PUB POL 101||Introduction to Public Policy Analysis||4|
|PUB POL C103||Wealth and Poverty||4|
|PUB POL 117AC||Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy||4|
|PUB POL 156||Program and Policy Design||4|
|PUB POL 179||Public Budgeting||4|
|SOCIOL 115G||Health in a Global Society||4|
|SOC WEL 112||Social Welfare Policy||3|
|SPANISH 102C||Advanced Writing Workshop (Volunteering, Global Education, and Good Writing)||4|
|Community Health & Human Development|
|ASAMST 143AC||Asian American Health||3|
|CHICANO 174||Chicanos, Law, and Criminal Justice||4|
|CHICANO 176||Chicanos and Health Care||3|
|ESPM 163AC/SOCIOL 137AC||Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment||4|
|ISF C100G||Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society||4|
|HISTORY C191/HMEDSCI C133/UGIS C133||Death, Dying, and Modern Medicine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives||4|
|NUSCTX 166||Nutrition in the Community||3|
|PB HLTH 14||Healthy People: Introduction to Health Promotion||4|
|PB HLTH 15||Introduction to Global Health Equity||3|
|PB HLTH 101||A Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities||3|
|PB HLTH 104A|
& PB HLTH 104B
|Health Promotion in a College Setting|
and Health Promotion in a College Setting
|PB HLTH 107||Violence, Social Justice, and Public Health||2|
|PB HLTH W108||Women's Health, Gender And Empowerment||3|
|PB HLTH 118||Nutrition in Developing Countries||3|
|PB HLTH 129||The Aging Human Brain||3|
|PB HLTH C155/SOCIOL C115||Sociology of Health and Medicine||4|
|PSYCH 134||Health Psychology||3|
Summer Minor Requirements
The summer Global Public Health Minor/Certificate explores health-related issues affecting populations in the United States and worldwide. Students complete courses covering a range of disciplines and methods relevant to promotion and protection of human health, emerging health issues, healthcare systems, and approaches to address and intervene. It will expand knowledge and comprehension of domestic and international challenges for human health. Valuable internship experience, completed locally, nationally, or abroad, and the development of both technical and public health practice skills is part of the available curriculum. The certificate can be pursued by non-UC Berkeley students in or outside of California, including international students.
Please note: This program option is only available during the summer.
The two options available are described below:
Summer Global Public Health Minor for UC Berkeley students: The Summer Minor in Global Public Health consists of three core and two elective courses taught in two consecutive, six-week summer sessions. Completion of core courses and any two electives listed below will satisfy the minor. A local or global public health 8-week internship with a required seminar can also serve as one of the elective courses. Students declaring a minor must do so in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Program at the School of Public Health. The minor can be completed in one or two summers. Students pursuing the 8-week internship as one elective will need two summers to complete the minor.
Summer Global Public Health Certificate for non-UC Berkeley students: The Summer Certificate in Global Public Health consists of three core and two elective courses taught in two consecutive, six-week summer sessions. Once the required core courses are completed, any two electives listed below will satisfy the requirements of the certificate. The certificate can be completed in one or two summers.
All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
UC Berkeley and visiting students who do not want to declare the minor or receive a certificate, but are interested in these classes may enroll in as many courses as they wish.
Core Courses for Summer Global Public Health Minor or Summer Global Public Health Certificate
|Required Courses/Total Units||11|
|PB HLTH 112||Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Examination (Session A, p.m.) Good health at the individual and community level is central to human happiness, economic development, and societal progress. Good health, which is not simply the absence of illness and injury, is the result of the complex interplay of many factors, including the legal, social, political, and physical environments, economic forces, food availability and nutrition, access to safe water and sanitation, cultural beliefs and human behaviors, religion, and the availability of affordable preventive measures such as vaccines and of curative services, among others. By definition, global health transcends geopolitical borders and standard academic disciplines, so a broad multidisciplinary approach to its study and understanding is required. Students will be expected to read, understand, and use sometimes advanced materials from diverse disciplines. Case-based discussions will be included in the course. This is a three-unit course.)||4|
|PB HLTH 250A||Epidemiologic Methods I (Session D, p.m.) This three-unit introductory course presents the principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distributions of health, disease, and injury in populations and factors that influence those distributions. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts, rather than quantitative methods, although calculations are involved. Through the combination of lectures, readings, critical review of papers, and problem sets, students without prior coursework in epidemiology will acquire the core competencies in epidemiology expected of all public health professionals. Examples are drawn from national and international public health issues.)||3|
|PB HLTH 142||Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (Session D, a.m.) This course covers statistical methods used in applied research with an emphasis on principles of statistical reasoning, underlying assumptions, and careful interpretation of results. Topics covered include: descriptive statistics, graphical displays of data, introduction to probability, expectations and variance of random variables, confidence intervals and tests for means, differences of means, proportions, differences of proportions, chi-square tests for categorical variables, regression and multiple regression, an introduction to analysis of variance. Statistical software (STATA) will be used to supplement hand calculations.)||4|
|or PB HLTH 141||Introduction to Biostatistics|
|Elective Courses for Global Health Minor or Global Health Certificate/Total Units||6|
|Select two of the following:|
|PB HLTH 118||Nutrition in Developing Countries (Session D, a.m.) An intensive five-unit introductory course in statistical methods used in applied research with an emphasis on principles of statistical reasoning, underlying assumptions, and careful interpretation of results. Topics covered include: descriptive statistics, graphical displays of data, introduction to probability, expectations and variance of random variables, confidence intervals and tests for means, differences of means, proportions, differences of proportions, chi-square tests for categorical variables, regression and multiple regression, an introduction to analysis of variance. Statistical software (STATA) will be used to supplement hand calculations.)||3|
|PB HLTH 150B||Human Health and the Environment in a Changing World (Session A, p.m.) This three-unit course presents the relationship between chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the environment and their impact on human health. The course focuses on the core areas of environmental health sciences: toxicology, microbial ecology, exposure assessment, risk assessment, environmental epidemiology, regulations/policies, and GIS/spatial analysis. It examines the science, health considerations and regulations of contaminants in air, water and food in the context of both developed and developing countries. Other key topics such as ethics, environmental justice, and occupational health and safety are also discussed. Local, national and international case studies are used to provide real-world examples of important environmental health concepts.)||3|
|PB HLTH 150D||Introduction to Health Policy and Management (Session A, a.m.) This three-unit course in health policy and management course will introduce students to health policy making and the organization of the United States healthcare system. Health policy and management applies concepts from economics, organizational behavior, and political science to the structure, financing, and regulation of the public health and health care delivery systems. Students will also learn about current issues in U.S. health policy and contemporary organizational challenges experienced by the U.S. healthcare system.)||3|
|PB HLTH 162A||Public Health Microbiology (Session D, a.m.) This three-unit course presents the fundamentals of microbiology as it relates to the causes of disease and the promotion of health. The primary emphasis will be on infectious agents and the diseases that they produce in humans. To fully comprehend how these agents produce disease, we will learn their properties, how they are transmitted, and what their effects are on humans. The course covers the host immune response to microbial infections as well as the prevention and treatment of infections. In addition, students will be introduced to microorganisms that usually do not cause disease but play indispensable and beneficial roles. Students will learn about the threat of infectious diseases nationally and globally.)||3|
|PB HLTH 196||Special Topics in Public Health (Session D) This two to three unit course aims to expand students’ understanding of the interconnected factors that influence women’s global health and empowerment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, it will draw from many fields such as global health and development, medical and reproductive sciences, epidemiology, demography, law, sociology, economy, political science, advocacy and community health sciences. The curriculum follows a life course framework and includes the following topics: foundations of sexual and reproductive health for girls, adolescents, and women throughout the life cycle; basic principles of gender and empowerment theory; historic paradigm shifts in political frameworks, health policies and global reproductive rights; demographic and societal changes and their impact on health, education, economic development and environmental resources; as well as the role of men and boys as allies for gender equity and women’s empowerment in different cultural, regional and global contexts. The course will be taught in a highly interactive format with discussions, group projects and case studies, and will draw from the experiences of the students.) Women's Global Health and Empowerment||3|
Undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.
For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide. For College advising appointments, please visit the L&S Advising Pages.
University of California Requirements
All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley.
The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university, should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.
Berkeley Campus Requirement
All undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass this course in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.
College of Letters & Science Essential Skills Requirements
The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.
The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.
In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete parts A & B reading and composition courses by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.
College of Letters & Science 7 Course Breadth Requirements
The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.
120 total units
Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units
- Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department
For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.
Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.
Senior Residence Requirement
After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.
You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.
Modified Senior Residence Requirement
Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Berkeley Summer Abroad, or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.
Upper Division Residence Requirement
You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding UCEAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.
Student Learning Goals
Learning Goals for the Major
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Describe the public health framework of the determinants of the health of populations.
- Recognize the public health perspective of disease prevention and health promotion.
- Explain how public health studies the interplay between biology, environment, and behavior.
- Understand the basic concepts from the social and behavioral sciences in public health.
- Quantitative Skills
- Recognize commonly used measures of population health.
- Identify commonly used methods of measuring risk.
- Describe common study designs for assessing risk from exposures.
- Assemble and display summary measures using graphs and tables.
- Recognize the basics of statistical hypothesis testing.
- Know how to calculate and interpret confidence intervals.
- Communication Skills
- Incorporate statistical and scientific findings into written materials.
- Prepare fact sheets and other health education tools.
- Know how to interpret public health reports and scientific literature.
- Create and give presentations on public health issues.
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Research and summarize relevant public health literature.
- Apply the systems thinking approach to issues in public health.
- Identify problems in public health with upstream-downstream model.
- Specialized Knowledge
- Integrate human biology and genetics with public health issues.
- Comprehend the basics of infectious disease.
- Understand the basics of chronic disease.
- Examine and assess environmental health issues.
- Describe the organization and financing of the United States health care system.
- Lifelong Learning Skills
- Identify ethical issues of public health.
- Be able to perform data collection and research.
- Acknowledge the role of disparities in public health.
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Barbara Abrams, Professor. Weight and weight gain in women during pregnancy, postpartum and menopause Maternal weight, nutrition, social factors and perinatal health outcomes Could expressed and heat-treated breast milk prevent perinatal hiv transmission.
Jennifer Ahern, Associate Professor. Mental health, epidemiology, social epidemiology, population health, neighborhood characteristics and health, methodological issues and novel methodological applications in social, traumatic events, substance use, behavioral health, birth outcomes and maternal health.
Genevieve M. Ames, Adjunct Professor. Anthropology of health, healing, substance abuse, quantitative and qualitative methods, social organization theory.
Tomas J. Aragon, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Colette (Coco) Auerswald, Associate Professor.
Amin Azzam, Associate Clinical Professor. Medical education scholarship: Specifically, the efficacy of various instructional approaches in stimulating medical students' acquisition, retention, and application of content knowledge in their evolving roles as clinicians .
+ Lela R. Bachrach, Assistant Clinical Professor.
+ John R. Balmes, Professor in Residence.
Lisa F. Barcellos, Associate Professor. Public health, genetic epidemiology, human genetics, autoimmune diseases, multiple schlerosis, lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, epigenetics, genomics, computational biology.
Michael Bates, Adjunct Professor. Air pollution, water pollution, environmental epidemiology, occupational epidemiology.
Heidi M. Bauer, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Stefano M. Bertozzi, Professor. HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention, HIV treatment programs, reproductive health, health economics, anti-poverty programs, impact evaluation.
Joan Bloom, Professor. Health policy and management, cancer prevention, early detection and long term survival, reducing disparities in access to health care .
Asa Bradman, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Patrick Bradshaw, Assistant Professor.
Timothy Brown, Associate Adjunct Professor. Health insurance benefit design, public health services and systems, mental health economics, dental economics, social capital, econometrics.
Gertrude Case Buehring, Professor. Public health, use of cells in breast fluids for diagnostic purposes, viruses and human cancer, role of bovine leukemia virus in causing human breast cancer.
Ralph Catalano, Professor. Mental health services, economic antecendents, stress related illness.
John Colford, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, biostatistics, meta-analysis.
Norman Constantine, Clinical Professor. Adolescent sexual health, adolescent health behavior, adolescent health policy, sexuality education, research bias, motivated reasoning, policy use and misuse of research evidence, measurement and research design.
Jason Corburn, Associate Professor. Urban health, informal settlements, global public health, urban climate change, environmental impact assessment, mediation, environmental justice.
Patricia Crawford, Adjunct Professor.
Ronald Dahl, Professor. Decision-making, adolescence, brain development, behavioral and emotional health, pubertal maturation, affective neuroscience, social neuroscience.
Peter Dailey, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Julianna Deardorff, Associate Professor. Adolescent health, puberty, sexual development, cultural factors, contextual factors.
Lori Dorfman, Associate Adjunct Professor.
William H. Dow, Professor. Health economics, international health, economic demography.
Sandrine Dudoit, Professor. Genomics, classification, statistical computing, biostatistics, cross-validation, density estimation, genetic mapping, high-throughput sequencing, loss-based estimation, microarray, model selection, multiple hypothesis testing, prediction, RNA-Seq.
Ellen Eisen, Adjunct Professor. Methods in occupational epidemiology.
Maria Ekstrand, Associate Adjunct Professor. India, AIDS prevention, medication adherence, AIDS stigma, vulnerable populations.
Brenda Eskenazi, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, maternal and child health.
Richard Feachem, Professor.
Darlene Francis, Associate Professor.
Lori Freedman, Lecturer.
Brent Fulton, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Andrea Garber, Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Paul Gertler, Professor. Impact evaluation, health economics.
Joel William Grube, Adjunct Professor. Alcohol Policy, Underage Alcohol, tobacco, and Other Drug Use, Prevention.
Sylvia Guendelman, Professor. Public health, maternal and child health, health and social behavior, health policy and management, specialty area in multicultural health.
Jodi Halpern, Professor. Public health, bioethics, patient autonomy.
Helen Halpin, Professor. Public health, health policy and management, health services and policy analysis.
S. Katharine Hammond, Professor. Public health, environmental health sciences.
Kim Harley, Associate Adjunt Professor. Reproductive health, prenatal health.
Eva Harris, Professor. Public health, infectious diseases.
Lia Haskin, Associate Professor. Poverty, obesity, child development, public health nutrition, global health, psychosocial and biological determinants of health, overweight, nutritional and epidemiologic transition, chronic disease, malnutrition, child health and development, early experience, inequality and health disparities, Latino health, Mexican-Americans and other immigrant groups, stress hormones, salivary cortisol.
Denise Herd, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, specialty area in multicultural health, behaviorial science.
Robert Hiatt, Adjunct Professor.
Nina Holland, Adjunct Professor.
Seth Holmes, Assistant Professor. Immigration and migration, medical anthropology with foci on social theory and ethnography, social studies of medicine and science, social difference related to race, social difference related to socioeconomic status, social difference related to citizenship, social difference related to gender, social difference related to sexuality, the naturalization and normalization of social hierarchies and health disparities, social suffering and symbolic violence, urban and rural Latin America and North America, population health with focus on global health, population health with focus on health disparities, population health with focus on social determinants of health.
Alan Hubbard, Associate Professor. Causal inference, Statistical issues in infectious disease, Bioinformatics .
+ Susan Ivey, Associate Adjunct Professor. Public health, health disparities, interventions, community-based participatory research.
William J. Jagust, Professor. Neuroscience, cognition, brain aging, dementia, imaging, Alzheimerandamp,#039,s disease.
Michael L. B. Jerrett, Professor.
Nicholas Jewell, Professor. AIDS, statistics, epidemiology, infectious diseases, Ebola Virus Disease, SARS, H1N1 influenza, adverse cardiovascular effects of pharmaceuticals, counting civilian casualties during conflicts.
Douglas Jutte, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Lee Ann Kaskutas, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Ann Keller, Associate Professor. Political science, health politics, public policy, public administration, disaster response, expertise in public decision-making.
Catherine Koshland, Professor. Air pollution, metals, energy, resources, environmental human health, mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors, control strategies in urban airsheds, pollutant formation, chlorinated hydrocarbons, particulates, industrial ecology.
Amy Kyle, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Claudia Landau, Associate Clinical Professor.
Barbara Laraia, Associate Professor. Nutrition, obesity, Food Insecurity, Perinatal Health, diabetes.
Phuoc Le, Assistant Professor.
Lexin Li, Associate Professor.
Fenyong Liu, Professor. Public health, infectious diseases.
+ Kristine Madsen, Associate Professor.
John Marshall, Assistant Professor. Utilize mathematical models to predict the utility of genetic control strategies for a variety of mosquito-borne diseases.
Sandra McCoy, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Marilyn McEntyre, Adjunct Professor.
Thomas E. McKone, Adjunct Professor.
Catherine Metayer, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Guy Micco, Clinical Professor. Aging/old age, suffering, and death, the medical humanities.
Alexandra Minnis, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor. Race and class determinants of the distribution of health risks associated with air pollution among diverse communities in the United States .
Mahasin Mujahid, Assistant Professor. Multi-level determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities, Neighborhood environments and cardiovascular health Breast cancer treatment and survivorship, Methods in social epidemiology, Population health .
Linda Neuhauser, Clinical Professor. Communication, public health, health literacy, participatory design of health programs.
Mark Nicas, Adjunct Professor.
Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor.
Osagie Obasogie, Professor.
+ Kent Olson, Clinical Professor.
Doug Oman, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Emily Ozer, Professor. Mental health, health and social behavior, clinical and community psychology, adolescent development, school-based health promotion .
Nancy Padian, Adjunct Professor. HIV, epidemiology, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, impact evaluations.
Maya Petersen, Assistant Professor.
Cheri Pies, Clinical Professor.
Daniel A. Portnoy, Professor. Mammalian cells, molecular and cellular basis of microbial pathogenesis, defense against infection, listeria monocytogenes, cell biology of infection, mechanisms of secretion.
Malcolm Potts, Professor. Public health, maternal and child health, health and social behavior.
Ndola Prata, Associate Professor in Residence. Community-base access to care, maternal mortality, population and family planning, safe abortion, adolescent reproductive health in developing countries, postpartum hemorrhage.
Arthur L. Reingold, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, biostatistics.
Justin Remais, Associate Professor.
Lee Riley, Professor. Public health, infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology, global health, tuberculosis, drug-resistant infections, slum health.
James Robinson, Professor. Public health, health policy and management, environmental health sciences, health services and policy analysis.
Hector P. Rodriguez, Associate Professor. Organizational influences on the quality of ambulatory care,_interprofessional primary care team approaches and continuity of care,_ambulatory care performance measurement and improvement,_local public health system effectiveness.
Thomas Rundall, Professor Emeritus. Public health, health policy and management, health services and policy analysis.
George W. Rutherford, Adjunct Professor.
Sharon Sagiv, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
William Satariano, Professor. Aging, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health and social behavior.
Richard M. Scheffler, Professor. Public health, health and social behavior, health policy and management, health services & policy analysis, global health, health economics, Health Workforce, Human Resources for Health, Health Market Analysis.
+ Steve Selvin, Professor. Public health, biostatistics.
George Sensabaugh, Professor Emeritus. Molecular epidemiology, microbial population genetics, forensic science, forensic biology.
James Seward, Clinical Professor. Public health, environmental health sciences.
Stephen Shortell, Professor. Organizational correlates of quality and outcomes of care, evaluation of total quality management and community-based health improvement initiatives.
Kirk R. Smith, Professor. Climate change, public health, air pollution, environmental health science, global health, household energy.
Martyn T. Smith, Professor. Cancer, genomics, toxicology, molecular epidemiology, exposome.
Lonnie Snowden, Professor. Mental health, social welfare, race/ethnicity, organization of health services.
+ Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Clinical Professor. Nutrition, maternal-child health, early childhood health, oral health, child health in developing countries, childrenand#039,s health in child care, parenting education, health education for low literacy populations, health disparities.
Sarah Stanley, Assistant Professor.
Craig Steinmaus, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Richard S. Stephens, Professor. Molecular genetics, microbiology, infectious disease, pathogenesis.
Hannah Thompson, Research Scientist.
Deryk Van Brunt, Associate Clinical Professor.
Mark J. Van Der Laan, Professor. Statistics, computational biology and genomics, censored data and survival analysis, medical research, inference in longitudinal studies.
Julia Walsh, Adjunct Professor. Reproductive health, Immunization, socioeconomic benefits, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, economic evaluation, global health equity, market size estimation in poor countries, contraception, maternal mortality among the poor, neonatal mortality risk factors analysis, millenium development goals.
Sarah Zemore, Associate Adjunct Professor.
Luoping Zhang, Adjunct Professor.
Sangwei Lu, Adjunct Professor. Pathogenesis and stress response of Salmonella serovars, foodborne diseases.
Harrison Alter, Lecturer.
Bruce Bodaken, Lecturer.
+ Jennifer Breckler, Lecturer.
Caricia Catalani, Lecturer.
Jerome Chin, Lecturer.
Hana Dan-Cohen, Lecturer.
Sonya Dublin, Lecturer.
Wayne Enanoria, Lecturer.
Robin Flagg, Lecturer.
Sarah Gamble, Lecturer.
Sara Hartley, Lecturer.
Anke Hemmerling, Lecturer.
Robert Hosang, Lecturer.
Anthony Iton, Lecturer.
Catherine Kodama, Lecturer.
Jennifer Lachance, Lecturer.
Maureen Lahiff, Lecturer.
Scott Lee, Lecturer.
David Lein, Lecturer.
Kathleen Loretz, Lecturer.
Kimberly MacPherson, Lecturer.
John Myovich, Lecturer.
Iman Nazeeri-Simmons, Lecturer.
Tim Nicholls, Lecturer.
Jaspal Sandhu, Lecturer.
Megan Schwarzman, Lecturer.
Charlotte Smith, Lecturer.
Harry Snyder, Lecturer.
Judith Stanton, Lecturer.
Melanie Thomas, Lecturer.
Gladys Block, Professor Emeritus. Nutrient status, disease relationships, dietary methods, oxidation and antioxidants.
John Ellwood, Professor Emeritus. Financial Management, Public Sector Budgeting.
Ernest Hook, Professor Emeritus. Public health, maternal and child health.
Teh-wei Hu, Professor Emeritus. Health economics, public health, health policy and management, health services and policy analysis, specialty area in aging, specialty area in international health.
Meredith Minkler, Professor Emeritus. Public health, health and social behavior, community health education.
Patricia Morgan, Professor Emeritus. Public health, community prevention programs.
Edward E. Penhoet, Professor Emeritus. Public health, health policy and management.
Richard Quint, Clinical Professor Emeritus.
David Ragland, Adjunct Professor Emeritus.
Stephen Rappaport, Professor.
Zak Sabry, Professor Emeritus. Public health, health and social behavior, health policy and management, public health nutrition.
Allan Smith, Professor Emeritus. Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences.
Robert Spear, Professor Emeritus. Public health, environmental health science.
+ Ann Stevens, Clinical Professor Emerita.
+ John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus. Social epidemiology, community interventions.
David Troxel, Clinical Professor Emeritus.
Edward Wei, Professor Emeritus.
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