Doctor of Public Health

"I'm really happy about my decision to come to Berkeley. It's really been pretty much everything I've expected in terms of being able to define my own program and my own vision for the future. And that's really the key is to be able to have that freedom to explore but within this guided program. It's really been one of the best decisions I've made."


The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program is an interdisciplinary, school wide professional degree program which trains doctoral students to be research leaders, public health policymakers and public health practitioners. The DrPH degree is conferred in recognition of a candidate's command of a comprehensive body of knowledge in the field of public health and related disciplines, and of the candidate's proven ability to initiate, organize, and pursue the investigation of significant problems or interventions in public health.

The focus of this degree is the development of transdisciplinary knowledge about the determinants of health, and the scientific and professional leadership skills to translate this knowledge into effective health interventions.

Those who earn this degree are expected to occupy leadership positions that have major influence on public health research, policies, programs, systems, and institutions. Such leadership may be in diverse settings at the international, national, state, or local levels, and in the public, private and academic sectors.

Doctor of Public Health



UC Berkeley DrPH graduates are now employed in leading universities, policy research centers, and "think tanks" across the country and internationally.

Doctor of Public Health Faculty

The faculty listed here teach the DrPH seminars and provide mentoring and advising to all DrPH students. In addition, faculty throughout the School work with DrPH students as advisers, mentors, and Qualifying Exam and dissertation committee members.

Marlon Maus
Ndola Prata

Core Faculty
Denise Herd
Jennifer LaChance
Rachel Morello-Frosch
Linda Neuhauser
Amani Nuru-Jeter