At Berkeley, we develop diverse leaders for professional and research careers through undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Because public health is a broad field, we offer a wide range of professional and academic degrees to prepare you for a career in your area of interest.
The master of public health (MPH) is a practice-based, professional degree that prepares students to be leaders in a public health practice setting. Graduates with an MPH degree are qualified for positions in federal, state, and local health departments; community-based organizations; health care organizations; and research institutes, among others. The MPH degree program is designed to be completed in two years. There is also an 11-month program in some areas of study, which is intended for students who already have doctoral degrees or who are enrolled concurrently in a doctoral program.
We offer the on-campus MPH degree in the following areas of study:
Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Health & Social Behavior, Health Policy & Management, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology, Interdisciplinary, Maternal & Child Health, Public Health Nutrition
We jointly administer a master of arts (MA) degree in biostatistics with the College of Letters & Science. This two-year program includes coursework in biostatistics, statistics, public health, and biology. Graduates will be prepared for research, statistical, and analytical positions in federal agencies, health departments, and the health care delivery system. Completion of the program requires an oral comprehensive examination.
We offer three master of science (MS) programs:
MS in epidemiology: This degree is geared towards students who wish to emphasize depth of coursework in one or more basic science areas complementary to epidemiologic research. Graduates will be prepared for a career in public health research. Students are not required to take the breadth courses in public health for this two-year course of study, but a minimum of three months of epidemiological research, a comprehensive oral exam, and a master's paper are required.
MS in environmental health sciences: This is a 2-year course of study that requires 20-24 units of upper division graduate coursework in biostatistics and statistics, risk and exposure assessment, policy and regulation, epidemiology, and toxicology. A thesis or original research project required.
MS in Global Health & Environment (GHE). This unique, interdisciplinary, campuswide program based at the School of Public Health has the objective of helping people in developing countries achieve health, reach a reasonable level of well being, and stabilize populations, while at the same time protecting the local, community, and global environments. The program requires 2 years (plus one summer) with 44 semester units in several departments across campus encompassing environmental health sciences; biostatistics and epidemiology; and a choice between two tracks: international development or environmental health policy. An original research project is required. The GHE research project may be done using secondary data sources without the need to do fieldwork. Most GHE students; however, take advantage of the many opportunities available within the School of Public Health to conduct fieldwork during the summer between their two academic years to investigate an environmental health problem in a developing country. More about the MS in Global Health & Environment
The doctor of public health (DrPH) is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program training doctoral students to be research leaders, public health policymakers, and public health practitioners. The DrPH program develops in its candidates all competencies included in the MPH program, with increased emphasis on the ability to initiate, organize, and pursue the investigation of significant problems or interventions in public health. The program is designed to be completed in three or four years for those applicants with an MPH from an institution accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and at least two years of postgraduate professional public health leadership experience.
The doctor of philosophy (PhD) is primarily suited for individuals with goals in public health research or teaching. The Ph.D. program can last from two to five years and requires written and oral qualifying examinations as well as a dissertation. Students have access to all of the social science disciplines and professional schools at UC Berkeley, in addition to the core resources provided by the School.
We jointly administer the PhD degree in the following areas of study:
Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Services & Policy Analysis, Infectious Diseases & Immunology
The bachelor of arts (BA) degree prepares students for graduate study in public health. Those who choose to work after obtaining their BA are usually employed by government, private, and nonprofit organizations in careers such as survey workers, educators, or research project associates. 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.
The School offers joint, concurrent, and dual degree programs for students who are interested in combining other fields and disciplines with their public health studies. Some of these degrees are offered in conjunction with other schools or departments on the UC Berkeley campus, and others are in partnership with neighboring institutions.