Areas of Study

The School of Public Health offers master’s and doctoral programs in a wide range of public health disciplines. Applicants to our programs must first choose the degree program and area of concentration to which they will apply.

Biostatistics (MPH, MA, PhD)

The primary concern of biostatistics is the development and application of techniques to improve the understanding of data that are relevant to issues in health, medical, and biological sciences.

Community Health Sciences

The Community Health Sciences Division emphasizes the integration of research, practice and policy across a wide range of disciplines. It comprises four programs of study that offer diverse perspectives on the preservation of health and the origins of disease. Prospective students apply to any of the four programs: Health & Social Behavior, Maternal & Child Health, Public Health Nutrition, or the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

This degree program is an interdisciplinary, Schoolwide professional degree program training doctoral students to be research leaders, public health policymakers, and public health practitioners.

Environmental Health Sciences (MPH, PhD)

Environmental health sciences focuses on the human health impacts of physical, biological, and chemical agents in the community and workplace; in particular, the quantitative evaluation of these environmental risks and the means of their control.

Epidemiology (MPH, MS, PhD)

Epidemiology is concerned with the study of factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations.

Epidemiology/Biostatistics (MPH)

The resources of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Divisions combine to offer a curricular track aimed at acquiring proficiency in both areas.

Health & Social Behavior (MPH)

The study of health and social behavior trains scholars and practitioners to identify and analyze social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants of health and health behavior; and to design, implement, and evaluate interventions and policies aimed at improving community and population health.

Health Policy & Management (MPH)

A concentration in health policy and management prepares students for senior-level leadership positions in health services policy and management, and trains them to conduct research and disseminate knowledge to advance the organization, financing, and delivery of health and medical services.

Health Policy (PhD)

Health Policy is an interdisciplinary doctoral program that prepares students for careers in research, teaching, and public service in university, governmental, and public policy settings.

Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology (MPH; PhD in Infectious Diseases & Immunity)

The study of infectious diseases focuses on interactions between infectious agents, their hosts, and the environment that may lead to disease in humans.

Interdisciplinary (MPH)

The Interdisciplinary MPH is an 11-month program designed to meet the needs of mature scholars who have specific public health career goals and a demonstrated ability to work independently.

Maternal & Child Health (MPH)

Maternal and child health promotes and protects the health status and well-being of women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families through excellence in training, research, continuing education, service, and advocacy.

Public Health Nutrition (MPH)

Public health nutrition emphasizes the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to the improvement of the health of populations.