Why Berkeley?

Our School has unique strengths that position us to achieve maximum population health impact in California and the world.

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is highly regarded for the quality of its faculty and students and has a reputation for excellence in education, research, and community engagement. More than 12,000 graduates have put their education and skills into practice in public health worldwide. Our alumni are transformational leaders across all health sectors, with a legacy of impact and innovation locally and globally.

Our Berkeley and UC Connections

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is the only top ten school of public health not housed on a medical campus. Being on the UC Berkeley campus gives us access to leading-edge collaborators in key science and humanities disciplines, including engineering, computer science, social welfare, public policy, journalism, international development, business, law, and beyond. As part of the UC system, we have access to unequaled capacity and networks. In particular, our close partnership with UCSF joins us with a world-class medical campus. 

Our Local Presence

Our location adjacent to Silicon Valley and national centers of innovation puts us at the epicenter of advances in biotechnology, digital health, and big data. The Bay Area is also at the forefront of innovations in integrated health delivery, healthy communities, and health policies. 

Our Geography

California—the largest, second-fastest-growing, and most diverse state in the United States—is located on the Pacific Rim and shares a border with Mexico. This provides a strong platform from which to strengthen our work and from which to expand to include the economic powerhouses across the Pacific.

Our 70-Year Legacy of Excellence

For more than 70 years, we've been one of the nation's leading institutions in public health education and research. Our distinguished legacy of existence on a campus with a commitment to social justice provides a unique position from which to lead change.