Greetings to our friends and visitors
A Message from Dean Stephen M. Shortell
At the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, we seek to promote health, prevent suffering, and protect lives. Our mission is to conduct world-class research; apply it to improve human health; develop diverse leaders; and enhance the health workforce through continuing education and assistance.
The School is distinguished by a broad-based ecological perspective on health, which focuses on the interaction of biological, behavioral, and environmental determinants of human health over one's lifespan. This approach to public health can only be pursued at a campus like Berkeley—one of the world's great research universities, with every graduate program ranking in the top ten. Harnessing the intellectual resources of the Berkeley campus and the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, enables us to pursue a truly interdisciplinary approach to public health.
At Berkeley, we enjoy the advantage of being surrounded by strong, community-oriented public health departments and agencies, innovative biotechnology firms, and leading health care systems. The Bay Area is also an area of great ethno-cultural diversity, which provides important opportunities for learning. We are committed to eliminating the health inequities that exist due to social inequalities.
We provide all students with an understanding of biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health behavior, and health policy and management, and how this knowledge can address pressing community health problems. We emphasize both discovery and application, with the goal of pushing "knowledge into action" locally, throughout California, the nation, and our world. We invite you to join our faculty, staff, alumni, and friends on this important journey.