How to Apply

Public health degree programs prepare students for a variety of careers as academics, researchers, administrators, policy analysts, regulators, educators, program planners, evaluators, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, environmental health specialists, and biotechnical specialists in government and non-government health agencies and organizations, as well as educational settings.

For graduate students, we offer three academic degrees, two professional degrees in eight concentrations and three programmatic configurations, five concurrent degrees with other campus departments, and an Online MPH degree program. For undergraduate students, we offer an undergraduate degree in public health. See specific application instructions below.

Application Dates and Deadlines 

Applications for Fall 2018 opened on August 17, 2017.

Priority Deadline: December 1st

      • Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships. This is the recommended deadline for applicants.

Secondary Deadline: March 1st

      • We are accepting a second round of applications only for select programs (listed below). The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. After the priority deadline review period, in the event that these programs are not full, applications will be accepted until March 1, 2018 for the following MPH concentrations only:
          • Environmental Health Sciences 2-Year MPH
            • Epidemiology 1-Year MPH
            • Epidemiology/Biostatistics 2-Year MPH
            • Global Health & Environment 2-Year MPH
            • Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology 2-Year MPH
            • Interdisciplinary 1-Year MPH  
            • Maternal & Child Health 2-Year MPH
            • Maternal & Child Health 1-Year MPH
            • Public Health Nutrition 2-Year MPH
            • Public Health Nutrition 1-Year MPH
          • If your program of interest is not on the above list, it is not eligible for a secondary deadline. 

Our Online MPH degree program is now accepting applications for Spring 2018. For more information and to apply, please see the Online MPH website.

For applications to the undergraduate major, please see the How to Apply page in the undergraduate section of our website.

Application Requirements

Be sure to thoroughly review the Application Requirements page. 

Application Fee Waivers

For questions about application fee waivers, please refer to the SOPHAS and UC Berkeley Graduate Division websites. We do not administer fee waiver requests in our office.

Application Instructions

There is a specific set of instructions on how to apply depending on which type of applicant you are. You will find detailed admissions instructions for each below.

All applicants to our on-campus graduate degree programs must first choose the degree program and area of concentration to which they will apply; please research these in detail before beginning the application process. Applicants may only apply to one program and should tailor their applications to the program of choice (please note: some programs will have additional requirements so please be sure to go through the “qualifications” section in the program-specific pages).

For all on-campus degree programs:

1. You are required to submit both a SOPHAS application and a fee for the Graduate Admissions application:

a. We require the SOPHAS application to be submitted by the deadline and paid in full (or a waiver in process) in order for your application to be considered for review.

2. After you have submitted your SOPHAS application, you will receive an email from our Graduate Admissions system, Slate, within 7-10 business days after the deadline prompting you to create an account and submit a second application fee. The Graduate Admissions application fee is required before your application can be reviewed.

SOPHAS Application Fee - $135 for the initial application

UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions application fee - $105 domestic and $125 international

Instructions for the SOPHAS application:

a. Select only one-degree program and area of concentration; you will only be able to apply to one.

b. Be sure to fill out the entire application and be as thorough as possible. Make sure you arrange to have all general School of Public Health admissions requirements (e.g. test scores, letters of recommendations, transcripts, etc.) submitted along with any additional qualifications requested by the program you are applying to.

c. Due to the processing time at SOPHAS we strongly recommend submitting your application to SOPHAS by early November. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. We recommend starting early and submitting by early November to compensate for the processing time at SOPHAS and avoid any potential technical difficulties that may arise. But with this in mind, please note that there are no penalties for submitting your application to SOPHAS on December 1.

Due to the volume of applications we receive we cannot confirm receipt of individual applications or application materials. SOPHAS has a status page that you can access by logging back into your application. SOPHAS will use this as a mechanism to communicate to you that there may be something amiss with your application. The completeness and timeliness of your application is your responsibility so check back often and be sure to leave yourself enough time turn in the application by the deadline.

Concurrent Degree Program Degrees Offered How to Apply
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health with the Haas School of Business MBA/MPH Applicants apply directly with the Haas School of Business. Applicants are not required to submit a SOPHAS application.
Master of Social Welfare/Master of Public Health with the School of Social Welfare MSW/MPH Applicants submit one complete UC Berkeley Graduate Division application and select the MSW/MPH program option. Applications must be submitted by December 1. Applicants are not required to submit a SOPHAS application.
Master of City Planning/Master of Public Health with Department of City and Regional Planning MCP/MPH Applicants are required to submit BOTH the SOPHAS Application and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Applications. Please select the appropriate area of concentration that corresponds to the correct concurrent degree program, review the concurrent degree admissions requirements of both programs, and thoroughly complete and submit materials to both applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1. 
Master of Journalism/Master of Public Health with the Graduate School of Journalism MJ/MPH Applicants are required to submit BOTH the SOPHAS Application and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Applications. Please select the appropriate area of concentration and concurrent degree program, review the concurrent degree admissions requirements of both programs, and thoroughly complete and submit materials to both applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1.
Master of Public Policy/ Master of Public Health with Goldman School of Public Policy MPP/MPH Applicants are required to submit BOTH the SOPHAS Application and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Applications. Please select the appropriate area of concentration and concurrent degree program, review the concurrent degree admissions requirements for both the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy, and thoroughly complete and submit materials to both applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1.

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley can apply to major in public health after completing the lower-division requirements, generally at the end of the sophomore year. Learn more.

The application process for Berkeley's On-Campus/Online MPH degree program is different than the on-campus graduate degree programs. Visit the On-Campus/Online MPH page for details on how to apply. You will only need to submit an application to the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, not a SOPHAS application.